Game Thread | 2021-2022 Season | Game #43 | Cavs @ Spurs | Jan. 14, 2022 | 8:30 p.m.

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How does the best front office of my generation let Murray out that door? Don't see it. Want it, want it bad... but don't see it.

I don’t see the motivation to trade him. He’s their longest tenured player, on a good contract, and this is already the youngest Spurs team Pop has ever coached.
 

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Solid win on the road for the guys; a few hiccups but we closed out the game well, hit our free throws late and rode a stellar performance by DG.
 

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Okoro was coming off an injury and not even suppose to be back yet...

but the Spurs probably would have gone into the 4th up 8-10 points if not for Okoros offensive outburst late in the 3rd qtr. It's not much, but he continues to show just enough to make it clear to me he should not be given up on. The only time this year when he was fully heathy with his legs under him he started really looking like he was putting things together.

Patience is the key with Okoro. The payoff may be 2-3 years off but we have time.
I was thinking about it tonight why the starting lineup looked better with Okoro despite Lamar putting up pretty good numbers lately. I came to the conclusion that while defenses don't respect both of them, Okoro is better moving and spacing off ball and once he gets it, makes more decisive reads with it. He also doesn't waste as many possessions trying to iso his man. Lamar just doesn't have that quick decision making trait yet where he can be part of a chain of quick ball movement imo.

edit: and Okoro is clearly a better perimeter defender than Lamar.
 

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Okoro was coming off an injury and not even suppose to be back yet...

but the Spurs probably would have gone into the 4th up 8-10 points if not for Okoros offensive outburst late in the 3rd qtr. It's not much, but he continues to show just enough to make it clear to me he should not be given up on. The only time this year when he was fully heathy with his legs under him he started really looking like he was putting things together.

Patience is the key with Okoro. The payoff may be 2-3 years off but we have time.
I'd like to get a legit SG with decent secondary playmaking skills (this season or the offseason) and let Okoro and Stevens continue to do their developing at SF instead of at SG
 

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Lamar Stevens kept vacillating tonight somewhere between Dr. J and Carl Herrera
 

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I was thinking about it tonight why the starting lineup looked better with Okoro despite Lamar putting up pretty good numbers lately. I came to the conclusion that while defenses don't respect both of them, Okoro is better moving and spacing off ball and once he gets it, makes more decisive reads with it. He also doesn't waste as many possessions trying to iso his man. Lamar just doesn't have that quick decision making trait yet where he can be part of a chain of quick ball movement imo.

I think it’s simply because Okoro is a guard and Steven’s is a wing. There’s a slight distinction between the two. And Okoro is just used to starting and has chemistry with the starting unit. He makes a lot of timely cuts. Steven’s does that too but to a lesser degree, but he has a better handle and can turn the jets on against backups and really impact the game.

Okoro is also clearly a superior defender. Especially against point guards. ESPECIALLY. And he knows how to properly funnel them into the back line help. Steven’s will put himself on an island by just not forcing guys the right way. Okoros a smarter player than Steven’s defensively.

If Okoro had Steven’s handle he’d be a big problem for other teams already.
 

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