At what point, exactly, in a professional basketball career can it be reasonably expected that a player has learned
- to not expose the ball when driving to the basket
- to box out and put a body on opposing rebounders
- to not pass the ball to a teammate when a defender is directly in the passing lane
- to pass the ball crisply, keeping it in the air as little as possible
- to not stand around, immobile, when the ball is up for grabs
- to not stand immobile when a teammate with the ball is also standing immobile
- to make an uncontested jumpshot or layup
- to cut off a the most dangerous drivers to the basket instead of backing off and shading the less dangerous players
- to put more attention into actually playing than to arranging the fit of your shorts (see Jaso Terry)?
More to the point, if unlearned by now, who the hell expects it to be learned by the next game?
This is not a very skilled team and it is not a very instinctually advanced team. There are more than a few technician types on it. They are not gifted with many improvisational gifts - see Bradley, Terry, Lee, Bass, Garnett - yes, KG. Offensively, he's as programmed a superstr that there ever has been.
These guys aren't going to learn anything technical at this stage.
But do you think they can maybe learn that to win they will have to suck it up and play tough and play through their handicaps? Admitting that they aren't that good at some things would be the first step