Re: HEAT game is on Doc!
posted at 3/19/2013 2:26 PM EDT
Let's assume that Doc knows that Green's can't play 48 minutes. Fair assumption?
And that he'll need to sit down some.
So at what point in the midst of a blistering 40+ point first 3 quarters would you take him off the floor? Take him out when he's afire and represents the only effective offense on the floor? I don't think that'd be a good answer.
Sit him with lead and hope the team can hold serve for a few minutes so he can play out the game? Sounds better.
The fact that the team was playing giveaway when he was out and keepaway when he got back in may or may not be on Doc.
I guess that if you think that Doc is responsible for whatever his team does or fails to do (like a military commander), then you can say it's on Doc that Miami managed to lead during the game by as many as, what, 3 points? But you can also say that it's on Doc that his team managed to lead during the game by as many as 17 points.
Is it on Spoelstra or on Doc that there was a 17 point lead? Is it on Spoelstra that Green went for 43? Is it on Doc that James made his only 3 when it absolutely mattered and that Pierce did not? Better yet, is it on Spoelstra OR Doc that Chalmers, who apparently hadn't made a 3 in weeks, made 4 of 5?
It's a fool's game, this blaming or crediting a coach for individual players' play while overlooking a coach's true work of getting a group of individuals to believe and play together.
Both coaches did that admirably last nignt, and it's without a doubt why we found the game so compelling to watch.