Re: Pop outcoached
posted at 6/21/2013 2:45 PM EDT
In response to jtkl's comment:
In response to Karllost's comment:
Giving a good shooter (Lebron) room is one thing, leaving him completely wide open from inside and outside the 3 line is another.
The point about Spols adjusting after several games vs Pops not adjusting is a good one. However, Spols was never on the verge of elimination and when he was (game 6) he made the adjustment. On the other hand, Pops was in game 7 and had no tomorrow.... his options were to continue allowing Lebron to burn him all game or make the adjustment...
Sometimes when your opponent is chewing up your strategy and spitting it out, at what point does your ego or intelligence say, this isnt working? Well, it wasnt working all game last night and Pops allowed his team to die sticking with it. I understand going one quarter, then 2.... but if youre in the 4th quarter and ur strategy is still being steamrolled.... what the heck are you waiting for??
If you close out on Lebron he blows by you and dunks. He starts scoring with an even higher effciency. It wouldn't have worked. Pop had no real choice but to hope lebron would go cold like he was for the six prior games.
also, on game six there were no real blunders. The Spurs had duncan sit, but left Diaw in becaue he is faster than Duncan and they were switching on everyone to prevent a good look at the three.
Basically it's all calculated gambles. Sometimes they work . Sometimes they don't but it is all you can do. And having the best player on the planet makes Spo look pretty good. Lebron solves quite a few problems for a team.
Its quite possible youre correct that Lebron would have been more effective given the lane.... However, since his outside shot was proven all game to be 100% good enough to defeat the Spurs, whats the downside of changing strategy? They might lose worse?
Regarding blunders in game 6, in retrospect its obvious blunders were made removing your best rebounder when two offensive rebounds by the Heat made their victory possible.
Additionally, wasnt the Spurs neglecting to intentionally foul a Heat player, being up 3 pts with seconds to play a blunder? Pops answer of "we dont do that" isnt a convincing intellectual analysis, is it.
Finally, as I screamed at the TV as many others I know did, how could Pops stay with Ginobili when the guy continued to attempt wild, risky passes in a game with so much on the line? When a player takes high percentage shots and misses, theres nobody to blame, hes not trying to miss and he made the right play. When a player continues to attempt high risk, incomprehensible passes all game long and the coach allows it to continue... well, thats just bad decision making imo. Having a bad game vs continuing to make low low percentage passes which were costing the team bigtime..theres no excuse.. Wheres the discipline?
As a side note, the Spurs best playmaker Parker sat out the end of the clincher... Ginobili became the defacto playmaker when the championship was on the line... as of course, he delivered yet another dumb turnover driving the lane, leaving his feet with no idea what he was gonna do with the ball.. Was Parker hurt or was he out cause he was having a horrible game?? Too bad Pops didnt bench Ginobili for the same reason (if) in game 6