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Stokes WTH is going on?

Discussion in 'Nuttin' but Net' started by Bowiegator, Mar 16, 2019.

  1. Bowiegator

    Bowiegator Junior

    Apr 3, 2007
    please tell me he is hurt or something. He plays 18 min at KY and looked awesome. It worked so well Mike White then gives him like 2 min for rest of games and zero minutes today. He needs to be on floor with Hayes or Bassett for 20 min every game. I have gone back and watched those 18 min again against KY because we look the best we have ever been this year. I know he makes mistakes like 1 of them yesterday and gets pulled immediately.

    Has anybody seen any comments this week regarding his health? It is the only thing that explains this correct?
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  2. Agator88

    Agator88 All American

    Oct 7, 2014
    Too slow for Auburn. Bassett was too slow at times, Stokes would stand no chance.
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  3. GboroGator

    GboroGator GC Hall of Fame

    Apr 3, 2007
    Greensboro, NC
    Not a good matchup with athletic teams. Too slow defensively is probably what MW would tell you.
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  4. 407king

    407king All American

    Dec 8, 2018
    He would've gotten abused today. He would have to guard on the perimeter. This was a bad matchup for him. Same thing with LSU. His positives don't outweigh the negatives when playing against LSU.

    UK is a better matchup, especially without Travis. Means they have,to play their backup bigs who aren't good or Washington at the 5. That's a better matchup than LSU or Auburn.
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  5. HallGator

    HallGator Senile Mod Moderator VIP Member

    Apr 3, 2007
    Outer Limits
    He's going to be a good one for us but he has a lot of work to do on defense which is a must on a MW team.
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  6. SeabudGator

    SeabudGator GC Legend

    Apr 23, 2014
    How many times does it have to be repeated that every time Stokes is on the floor if the other team has mobile players scoring is easy for them. Yes, he is a nice low post threat. And we have been in desperate need of that for years. But he is simply untenable as a player on the court now against certain teams.
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  7. rserina

    rserina VIP Member

    Apr 3, 2007
    Ringwood, NJ
    Agreed on the above. This was a terrible matchup for him. Plus, you find that coaches tend to contract rather than extended their rotations as a tournament wears on. They value rhythm and consistency over depth and fresh legs. We essentially gave Okauru Stokes's minutes, but he struggled in the second half and was pulled.
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  8. fox

    fox GC Hall of Fame

    Apr 3, 2007
    Florida Beachland
    Maybe a bad matchup?
  9. jhbyrd

    jhbyrd GC Hall of Fame

    Apr 3, 2007
    At least he will be fresh for the NCAAs. The strategy used today worked better than the strategy the last time we played them.
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  10. g8rnc

    g8rnc Senior

    May 13, 2015
    Ballard has gone missing too. He was our best player the first few games of the year. Now he doesn’t see the floor at all.
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  11. BLING

    BLING GC Hall of Fame

    Apr 16, 2007
    Might just be matchups. Auburn is a very fast team that plays small ball with athletic/fast bigs.

    Against LSU he got abused on both ends, so while you'd think his size would have been a positive, Naz Reid can do damage from the perimeter. Naz Reid grabbed a rebound right over Stokes where Stokes didn't even get off the floor. Pretty sure White yanked him quickly after that. While Stokes has gotten in better shape, he still cannot guard bigs that can take him outside the paint and he's still going to struggle against bigs that are fast off the floor. I think it's as simple as that.
  12. GatorLurker

    GatorLurker VIP Member

    Apr 8, 2007
    If we had ever got into an offense/defense back and forth at the end of the game with a time out at the end of each possession Stokes would have been great on O and subbed out on D.
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  13. GratefulGator

    GratefulGator GC Legend

    Oct 15, 2016
    I noticed that Ballard got 0 mins yesterday.
    Doghouse or sick?
  14. dmgator

    dmgator Premium Member

    Apr 3, 2007
    I love Stokes inside game on offense but he looked like a bronze statue on defense in the 2 minutes he played last game. Mike White had to get him out because of the bad match up.
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  15. VTGator

    VTGator GC Hall of Fame

    Apr 17, 2007
    Bad matchup and it is impossible to sit Hayes right now. He is playing the best basketball of his career.

    Ballard did play very well for the first few games but showed quickly that was an anomaly. He was also turning the ball over and giving up fast break points, which this Florida team can not afford.
  16. akaGatorhoops

    akaGatorhoops VIP Member GC Columnist

    Apr 10, 2007
    The Ballard situation is odd. Very surprised he got zero minutes over the span of 3 games/3 days.
    I’d have figured fresh legs would have dictated a few minutes.
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  17. BLING

    BLING GC Hall of Fame

    Apr 16, 2007
    Yep, Ballard has a very nice pull up jumper.

    Unfortunately that is about all he brings right now. Too many TO"s and poor decisions. It's a shame because this team could definitely use another scorer and he could provide that. I'm surprised at how much we have cut the rotation. But I don't think fatigue will be much of an issue from here on out. So I'm ok with giving our best all the run they can handle.
  18. BLING

    BLING GC Hall of Fame

    Apr 16, 2007
    Yeah, not surprising we are tightening the rotation. Somewhat surprising in a back to back to back that he got all dnp's. That almost suggests some type of doghouse situation.
  19. diamondted13

    diamondted13 GC Hall of Fame

    Jan 1, 2008
    Doghouse and transfer candidate along with Okauru. Not what I want to see but he's got to be questioning his role/minutes for next year. Especially if we get a transfer big that would give KJ more minutes at the 3 next year along w/ Lewis.
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  20. tampajack1

    tampajack1 Premium Member

    Apr 3, 2007
    I have it from a reliable that Stokes had an enormous dinner last night and is back up to 300 pounds.
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