- Aug 20, 2005
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I agree on the defensive strategy completely.I hope we stop that trapping at the top of the key crap. Rose is good, but he's not going to beat us by himself. That scheme was a direct result of Rose being able to beat us off the dribble. Occasionally it is okay to try to slow him down, but not for extended periods of time.
As for JJ, I think we should at least give him a few meaningful minutes in the first half instead of Z next game. Z really killed us tonight on both ends of the court. His +/- was somehow a +5 though. Probably thanks to being in the game for some of LeBron's 4th quarter.
Moon, West, and LeBron take a lot of gambles defensively. Hickson LIVES off of gambles, because he is young. I think Moon's entry into the rotation necessitates more Z, and the +5 shows he meshed well with his conservative post defense. He disrupts without leaving his feet, which allows him to keep better positioning for rebounds. We will also need Z to be in the zone when we play Orlando, which will be our biggest challenge long-term.