adfalcon, on 19 February 2014 - 09:26 AM, said:
The problem is, he has to hit crazy threes every single game. We have seen him make great passes. play decent defense, but he has to shoot threes because we don't have enough depth or firepower to stay in a game without him.
I'd agree with most of that, except the defense part; dude doesn't play decent defense... sometimes doesn't play any defense at all, just watches players go right by him or create plays at his expense.
Last night, he offered nothing on either end of the floor in the first half, and was little more than a casual observer; you'd have never thought it was an important game by watching him just stroll around the floor... no sense of urgency or desperation.
When the 2nd half rolled around, he picked up on offense, but was still only offering token resistance on defense; "guarding" folks with his hands down by his sides the entire half and getting left behind on drives and penetration as if he was a broken turnstile at a NY subway station at rush hour.
Whether it's inability or just lazy I don't know, but he seems skilled and coordinated enough to offer more on defense; so I'm thinking he's just not as interested in preventing buckets as he is in making them... which is true of most players, who nonetheless understand they have to excel at both for their team to be great.