You’re exactly right, dear reader, there is simply no way that this Nets team, featuring the Lopezasaurus, Sasha Vujacic and Anthony Morrow should have been able to hold the Warriors to 90 points. Don Nelson would have put up 120 points against this slow as molasses and completely out-classed lineup with his eyes half shut.
Keith Smart is a perfect example of the talentless coach — that unfortunately abound in the NBA — who has imprinted in his mind a “right way” to play, and thus frequently loses sight of the forest for the trees. His analysis of this game will no doubt be: “We didn’t rebound well enough, we didn’t have the right intensity, we had some defensive lapses, we didn’t execute, we had some crucial fourth quarter turnovers, blah, blah, blahdeblahblah…”
Nonsense. Garbage. None of that had anything to do with why this game was lost. This game was lost by the coach. It was lost before the game even started. It was lost with the game plan.
I’ve been over this territory many times before, so I’ll keep it brief. You guard Lopez 1 on 1, with Biedrins to start, then Lee, then Udoh. Front him and deny the ball. No matter what happens, don’t foul. Every single time he dunks, you take the ball out of the basket, and you run it back up the floor and play 5 on 4. EVERY SINGLE TIME.
Every time they go somewhere else and make the shot, you take the ball out of the basket, and you run it back up the floor and play 5 on 4. EVERY SINGLE TIME.
Every time you get a rebound, you run it back up the floor and play 5 on 4. EVERY SINGLE TIME.
Every time you steal the ball, you… uh huh.
On the RARE occasions that you do find yourself playing half-court offense, you do it with Vlad Rad, or Al Thornton or DWright at the 4, pulling Kris Humphries out to the three point line.
LEAVING THE LOPEZASAURUS ALL BY HIMSELF ON AN ISLAND IN THE MIDDLE. How do you like his chances against Monta Ellis’ drives now? How do you like his chances of staying out of foul trouble?
How do you like his chances to keep up with this pace? The over/under of centers of his type against Don Nelson was about 20 minutes.
How do you like Kris Humphries’ ability to guard Vlad Rad, AT and DWright in a running game? Do you like him getting 15 rebounds while guarding at the three point line?
How do you like Anthony Morrow’s ability to guard ANYONE in a running game? Do you like his chances to get open shots if you don’t double team the Lopezasaurus?
For the umpteenth time this season, Keith Smart executed the opposing coach’s game plan to perfection. Disgraceful.
But where does the blame ultimately lie? With him, or with Joe Lacob?