Started this new thread so this conversation doesn't get buried. I have some thoughts that might be key to fixing our ineptitude. This is not a reaction to today's game only, but also comparing much of our troubles from last year. 1. Nembhard and Locke do not need to be on the court together. Nembhard struggles in the DDO against better defenses with experience and/or size (see FSU and 1/4 of our games last year). Locke is not someone who can drive with much consistency. He needs someone that can breakdown the D and get him open looks outside (think of Lee Humphery with Taurean Green). When AN was at Montverde he had plenty of players that could drive. We can run it successfully if others can initiate the drive. This is why I suggest in another thread to start AN with Mann and Lewis. 2. When Mann plays PG then Locke comes in at the 2. Mann may not be ready to handle the DDO offense out top. In HS he was not the PG and always attacked from the wing. When he brought the ball up it was usually very controlled, much like AN does now. Mann may not be as good a passer as AN but he can put a defender on his hip and drive. This is what he did in HS and was very good at finding the right player to pass off to. If he can lure the defender off of Locke then Mann will find him. 3. Johnson must be a consistent contributor if playing the 4 spot. If he slumps, this team slumps. Last year the 3 and 4 spot was a work in progress for much of the year so we got little help there, until KJ came around. His focus as a PF is reacting to the inside post play, setting picks and starting his attacks from the corners. So the offense attack has to start out front. That said Blackshear can't do it all at every game or else every team will start to Hack a Blackshear like FSU did today. Johnson is the player to relieve the presser on KB and keeps our offense flowing even when things get difficult. 4. Lewis has to get more court time to positively affect this team. My point is Lewis might not be the scorer we hoped so far but he makes positive things happen in many other ways, a la Corey Brewer. I thought it strange today that after 38 minutes of play and the game out of hand, CMW went iso with Lewis getting the ball to see if he could finish, twice. So far when Lewis is in the game he looks more concerned about who he is supposed to pass it to next. But when we bring in the subs at the end its Lewis trying to take it to the hole. Neither time worked but Coach seemed to say no other combination on the court worked for the whole game so let's see what the kid can do. The more time on the court the more comfortable he will become and good things will happen. 5. Somewhere in our rotations we have to get Nembhard, Lewis or Mann, Johnson, Blackshear, and Payne ready to play together when needed. We have to be ready to adjust depending on the match up. Going short is not going to work every time out. If we only play a certain style we will become too predictable and other teams will be ready for us come tourney time. Sometimes we will have to be more athletic or taller or faster or simply outscore the other team. Lewis, Johnson and Payne know how to out hustle anyone if you just turn them loose. I still believe we will see much better basketball in November and December but our offensive approach needs to change in many ways if we hope to go far.