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Old 12-29-2022, 08:12 PM   #1
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Keep it rolling, hopefully Luka doesn?t have to shoulder it all tonight

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Keep it rolling, hopefully Luka doesn?t have to shoulder it all tonight

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AJ Lawson time?
Idk, hopefully we get some Hardy time. We have a cpl guys who could use some rest so hopefully we see a lot of the new guys because we have separation. But that's just not how we tend to roll
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All ball on that "foul". Refs just get worse and worse.
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Hope they can sit Luka all of the 4th.
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Luka is just ridiculous right now
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Get Luka out smh
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Gotta keep Wood. Becoming a stable presence on this team. He had those 5 blocks early too.
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Funny how we're winning without our so-called defensive guys too.
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Funny how we're winning without our so-called defensive guys too.
Wild huh, almost like offense is more important
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Idk man bringing in AJ Lawson for two possessions just rubs me the wrong way. That?s not getting actual action.

You can tell Hardy seems almost disinterested when he?s brought in now when everyone has cleared benches. Really wish this staff could get them real minutes. They need to make mistakes and acclimate.
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Great to see an easy win and Luka not have to do it all himself.

At this point Wood must stay. He?s a part of the teams success.
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Wild huh, almost like offense is more important
It's because we're forcing the offensive guys to defend versus the flawed thinking of defenders just defending and offensive guys just playing offense.
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It's because we're forcing the offensive guys to defend versus the flawed thinking of defenders just defending and offensive guys just playing offense.
Transition points too.

Like Bullock as a person, but he?s gotta be part of any deadline deal
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C. Wood is 5-2 as a starter eh...5 straight. A nice told ya so to JKidd and staff. We are missing a few guys who could help, but Dorian wasn't doing much this season and Maxi was hit or miss like always. Green was most definitely on the uptick. Wood and Luka have good chemistry now so I fully expect Kidd to do some foolish shit like start Maxi or swap Dorian for Wood and keep DP as starting Center when both are healthy.

This team needs help. I love Luka getting wins as a result of his hard work and talent, but IDC if we end up with 55 + wins, thiis build isn't enough.
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5th seed right now, 3 games out of 1 seed. Wish we had won those 1-2 point games that we didn't but that's spilled milk.

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It's because we're forcing the offensive guys to defend versus the flawed thinking of defenders just defending and offensive guys just playing offense.
There's merit to this approach, however. I like it more than leaning on defensive players to create offense.

It's apparent that Kidd's approach is defense leads to offense. With a guy like Wood, not much to teach on the offensive side but maybe getting better at setting picks and becoming a more reliable role guy.

Are we not going to give credit where it's due where Wood has REALLY turned a corner? He's become a reliable defender and much more engaged than earlier in the season. We can go on and on about the starting lineup and how he should have been there from the set. But he's earned it and I believe there's way more behind the scenes work than most fans give credit to.

Professional basketball at its best lately with this squad. Did it take injuries and forced time? Sure, but it took a hell of a lot more to make it all click.
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Can't get a hold of Dinwiddie's season just yet. Of course, the shooting has been great and a nice boost to the offense that we hope can be sustainable. But it seems SD would be a perfect 3rd guy on a team because right now I don't see him as a reliable 2nd guy. Every time I think he's hitting a stride and about to go off, he puts up a dud 2-point game or make boneheaded decisions with the ball.

Is it fair? I dunno...I think he's being asked to do more than he's capable of as a 2nd option. Maybe his impact is hurt by not having another reliable ballhandler for all non-Luka minutes. I shudder any time someone other than Luka or SD have the ball and are trying to initiate offense (save Wood in his matchups, but more from a guard perspective).
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There's merit to this approach, however. I like it more than leaning on defensive players to create offense.

It's apparent that Kidd's approach is defense leads to offense. With a guy like Wood, not much to teach on the offensive side but maybe getting better at setting picks and becoming a more reliable role guy.

Are we not going to give credit where it's due where Wood has REALLY turned a corner? He's become a reliable defender and much more engaged than earlier in the season. We can go on and on about the starting lineup and how he should have been there from the set. But he's earned it and I believe there's way more behind the scenes work than most fans give credit to.

Professional basketball at its best lately with this squad. Did it take injuries and forced time? Sure, but it took a hell of a lot more to make it all click.
Credit for Wood ratcheting up his defense and interior help.

Kidd should have known the approach was to coach Wood defensively. I could have given Kidd thr benefit if he kept Wood as 6th man for a handful of games but nothing was working, so you have to pivot. He did not. Stubbornly stuck with odd lineups until he didn't have any other options but to start Wood basically.

All credit to Wood.
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There's merit to this approach, however. I like it more than leaning on defensive players to create offense.

It's apparent that Kidd's approach is defense leads to offense. With a guy like Wood, not much to teach on the offensive side but maybe getting better at setting picks and becoming a more reliable role guy.

Are we not going to give credit where it's due where Wood has REALLY turned a corner? He's become a reliable defender and much more engaged than earlier in the season. We can go on and on about the starting lineup and how he should have been there from the set. But he's earned it and I believe there's way more behind the scenes work than most fans give credit to.

Professional basketball at its best lately with this squad. Did it take injuries and forced time? Sure, but it took a hell of a lot more to make it all click.
Oh you know I'm Wood's biggest fan, but it needs to end with a long term contract. If we lose him because of another misguided plan powder in 2024, then it'll be hard to keep supporting the team. I hope that's just a rumor.

But yes, the NBA is driven by offense. Making offensive guys play some D is easier than making defensive guys play offense. Guys like DFS and Green just need too many minutes to give you any sort of meaningful offense. And some nights, no offense at all. You can get away with offensive guys making shots and not playing D on a given night. There is almost no way to get away with defensive guys playing D and not scoring if they are playing big minutes.
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Credit for Wood ratcheting up his defense and interior help.

Kidd should have known the approach was to coach Wood defensively. I could have given Kidd thr benefit if he kept Wood as 6th man for a handful of games but nothing was working, so you have to pivot. He did not. Stubbornly stuck with odd lineups until he didn't have any other options but to start Wood basically.

All credit to Wood.
That disingenuous to the coaching staff. Wood deserves more of the credit, sure, but not all. In the end, it's the player who has to be willing to make the changes being asked of you. Big time credit to Wood.

But I can guarantee a lot of hours and work was put in by this staff to get him to realize the potential and fit. Kidd's lack of an early pivot be damned, but it has worked with Wood.

To be clear, I'm in the same camp that was frustrated by the lineups. I'm just glad they sorted it out. Now for the extension...
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Oh you know I'm Wood's biggest fan, but it needs to end with a long term contract. If we lose him because of another misguided plan powder in 2024, then it'll be hard to keep supporting the team. I hope that's just a rumor.

But yes, the NBA is driven by offense. Making offensive guys play some D is easier than making defensive guys play offense. Guys like DFS and Green just need too many minutes to give you any sort of meaningful offense. And some nights, no offense at all. You can get away with offensive guys making shots and not playing D on a given night. There is almost no way to get away with defensive guys playing D and not scoring if they are playing big minutes.
...the extension absolutely has to get done. IF...Wood is open to the early extension at 4/$77MM then it's a no brainer. He could very well be betting on himself in order to secure a bigger bag a la Brunson. IF...the rumors have merit that the Mavs FO is posturing at ALL in the way it was floated that they are open to a 2-year extension, then we will all have our pitchforks ready.

Fool me once...lol

And to your point on the D guys, absolutely. Can't force a square peg into a circle hole. But Green has shown some ability to handle and create and they'd be smart to keep chasing that development. DFS/Bullock are what they are and most of their training and practice should be defensively related and any offense should be getting up as many 3's as they can.

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Green has tons of untapped offensive potential, unlike Dfs, Bullock and Maxi.

If its my purse, Woods value is in the 20-23 mil range
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If its my purse, Woods value is in the 20-23 mil range
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Funny how we're winning without our so-called defensive guys too.
That's because their defense is objectively not that good. It's just that we have a tendency to label athletic guys who hustle and are devoid of good offensive skills "defensive guys". A lack of offense doesn't automatically make you above average defensively but we collectively tend to fall for that. Luka is objectively better at defense than the defensive guys especially when he feels like trying on specific possessions. He diagnoses stuff and is not out of position again when he wants to try. Our defensive guys are often running around with their heads chopped off.
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If its my purse, Woods value is in the 20-23 mil range
I am tending to agree with this. He shows a talent at being able to use his athleticism to get to the rim and at 22 can add some elements to his offensive game. Maxi, DFS and Bullock are one trick ponies on D and all are past prime age with no development likely.
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How so? I dont hate the guy. He plays solid defense and can occasionally hit 3s. He absolutely cannot create his own shot. No back down, no post moves whatsoever and doesnt run the pnr that well. Its not slander imo, to say he's the same guy he's been for a few years and that he's at his ceiling.
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Maxi and DFS aren't bad players, but they aren't good enough to command the the minutes they get. Maxi was actually playing well before getting hurt, but DFS isn't the same defensive player he once was.
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