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Discussion in 'Nuttin' but Net' started by Allanon, Apr 19, 2014.
Fisher on the court is the reason Duncan has scored all these points.
Interesting having guards guarding Duncan on the block.
OKC goes 1-9 in OT to end the game. They will never win a championship. Couldn't even beat the Spurs in OT with Parker out.
Make that 1-10
Yep, and you can chalk all of it up to the coach. He's the reason they have no offense and play players that should be riding the bench. OKC is cheap, though, and since he's under contract and they're advancing in the playoffs and selling out their games, they'll make no moves to replace him. Durant and Westbrook will then leave at the end of their contracts and it will go back to being a lottery team.
Explain to me how Caron Butler and Sefolosha play 0 minutes, Adams plays 12 minutes and Collison 2. Yet, Fisher plays 33 minutes and Perkins plays 21. No crap OKC had no bench production, they didn't actually use anyone on their bench besides Fisher who stinks.
Still, I hope the Spurs-Heat series is as good as last year's, which was awesome.
Format is back to 2-2-1-1-1 finally, and SA has home court.
You must not watch OKC much. Brooks is a terrible game coach. Just flat awful. I watch them a lot because I love watching Westbrook and Durant do crazy things, but at the same time, it's frustrating to watch a team with so much talent flounder like this.
They had guys they drafted high and should have been developing all season, but they only discovered what Adams could do late in the year and once they brought in Butler, who's just as washed up as Fisher, Lamb was shelved as well. Lamb was a big part of the game 4 route, though.
It's amazing that they even started playing Jackson so much and that only happened because Westbrook was out. If that hadn't happened, he'd still be playing very little since Fisher was always the backup PG.
Just for fun I wanted to see the PER and EWA of some of the players OKC relies on.
Perkins- Ranked 62 of 62 for centers in PER (6.32) and EWA (-2.6).
Fisher- Ranked 62 of 70 for PGs in PER (10.09) and EWA (-0.6)
Westbrook- Ranked 2 of 70 for PGs in PER (24.74) and EWA (9.7).
Jackson- Ranked 27 of 70 for PGs in PER (15.43) and EWA (5).
Durant- Ranked 1 of 67 for SFs in PER (29.9) and EWA (30.1).
Ibaka- Ranked 10 of 73 for PFs in PER (19.66) and EWA (10.8).
1) Wow Durant/Westbrook/Ibaka really carry this team.
2) Playing Perkins and Fisher, statistically, takes away wins from your team. That is crazy.
I've looked at these numbers before and it's even worse than that. Perkins had the 5th lowest PER in the NBA EVER in any season for a player who played at least 1200 minutes and was a PF or C. He had by far the lowest this year
This year, he had the lowest PER by a mile for any player who played at least 500 minutes for F/C.
259 players played at least 1000 minutes this season. Butler, Fisher, and Perkins were all in the bottom 60. San Antonio's lowest PER player with that many minutes is Danny Green at 112.
That's just a horrible group of castoffs to be giving so many minutes to when there are a ton of young talented players on the bench waiting to get a shot.
Please show up this year, Ginobili.
Corp + Brooks = besties
Even in a stars' league, role players matter. I love watching the Spurs. Great team.
Hopefully, he has a better acting coach this year. I actually like the Spurs, but Ginobli needs to leave the theatrics at home.
I don't watch OKC enough to comment on the coaching bit it was Durant and Westbrook that couldn't hit a shot in o/t to save their season.
And finally, yea it takes a team to win a championship, but they better have stars at crunch time. Spurs and Heat both fit the bill.
They were just worn down. Even young guys don't have unlimited energy. They went 7 games the 1st round with 4 overtimes, 7 in the 2nd round, and then 6 with an overtime this round. They didn't get the rest they needed even in blowouts. In game 4, they entered the 4th with a 25 point lead, but Westbrook and Durant didn't go to the bench until there were 2 minutes left in the 4th. SA had long before that emptied their bench.
Durant averaged 42.7 minutes per game including going over 50 last night and Westbrook averaged 38.7 after sitting out half the season.
By the way, with the increased ball movement and the extra effort it requires to defend it, there has been a trend that has held every year for the past 10: no team has won a championship with a player who played more than 3,000 minutes in the regular season. Before, that it was very common. Jordan did it during all of his title seasons. Duncan did a few times but not lately. Kobe did it during his 1st 3-peat but not his 2nd. Lebron hasn't reached 3,000 during his title runs. Dirk doesn't even get close to 3,000 anymore.
Durant on the other hand led the league with 3,122 minutes this year and another 726 in the playoffs. If you prorate his 2012 numbers, he also played over the 3k mark in thar run up to the finals. That's simply too many minutes to be playing. You need to rest some time.
When it comes down to the final 4 teams...more times than not the teams with the Better coaches win.
Brooks is a mediocre coach.
Well you certainly could blame the coach for his roster management. Collison, Butler, Fisher, Adams, Lamb, and Jones are all guys that played well off the bench throughout the regular season. That's 11 players. Brooks also benched Sefolishia. He had 11 guys capable of giving meaningful minutes. If you don't trust Lamb and Jones, fine, but they could've given Durant and Westbrook a breather.
Guess the Heat and Spurs have differently philosophies (and deeper benches).
I was blaming him, just giving the reason they couldn't make shots.