Game Thread 2022-23 Game #47 - BLAZERS VS SPURS - JANUARY 23, 2023 - MONDAY - 7:00 PM (PDT) ROOT

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  1. Tince

    Tince Well-Known Member

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    Billups dominated Popovich tonight!
     
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    Pop just isn’t a very good coach. Esp on defense.

    For the 99th time, Ant IS our 6th man. He just also starts. Like CJ was.
     
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    Do you really think there is any chance Billups would bring Ant off the bench with this roster? We could debate if it's a good idea untilt he cows come home, but there is a near 0% chance of it happening, so I put it in the same category as discussing how good of a duo Dame/Giannis would make in Portland.
     
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    Just like CJ, he holds Dame back while Dame holds him back even more. It's not a good match at all and needs fixed.
     
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    Yea I think he’s Gerald Green. And I take back what I said about Dame. I was wrong
     
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    BBert Weasels Ripped My Flesh

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    The Blues Musician?
     
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    BBert Weasels Ripped My Flesh

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    SNL skit?
     
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    Yeah, like Gerald Green but with a handle and a midrange jumper, and a step back from anywhere and a soft touch from three and who can take contact while in the air and finish with a lay up and rebounds really well and has amazing defensive footwork. So totally like Gerald Green because he can jump but way better than him at everything else and the dude is 19.
     
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    Ant isn't a PG, he's not a wing, he's not a 2-way player, he doesn't have length, he's a poor defender, and he's been an awkward match with Dame.

    Portland is 3 games under .500 which I am absolutely certain is not where they were expecting to be. They have significantly under-performed and in a circumstance like that I'd expect a good coach to be willing to adjust and experiment. An obvious avenue for experiment is rotation
     
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    I think if they wanted to bring Anf off the bench, they would first need to find a good forward to trade for who could take Hart's place. Oh, I see, they would bring in Sharpe as a 2 and leave Hart as forward. I don't really think Sharpe is ready for that, he needs more experience on O and D.
     
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    Not sure i agree with any of the statements i put in bold.
    Looks to me like they are meshing better and better all the time. A bunch of shots have not been falling. When they do fall this team blows teams away. Just need to get more consistent.
    3 games under 500 at this point in the season is 2 games off my prediction. I'm betting they had themselves close to that? They also know they have the chance to turn this around and one solid move at the deadline might make that much much easier.
    Significantly Underperformed i would assume is in some people's judgement but certainly not in mine. They need to work through ups and downs. Only recently have the players and Billups started to actually show some stress. I guess it matters on what you call "Significant". If they win the Lakers game (which we all know they could have done) are you having this conversation? If they beat both the Lakers and Sixers you most certainly are not having this conversation.
    So two games is "significant" right now? Will two games be just as important in a week? Two weeks? April?
     
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    ok...sure

    there may be some recency-bias ingrained in my assessment. Bit I also think, pretty clearly, none of the players or coaches are happy with the season so far
     
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    I could see them starting GP2 to try to improve the starting unit's defensive performance
     
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    Ant & Sharpe off the bench would really balance out the scoring.
     
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    Yay we won a game.
    Not so 'yay', we gave up 127 points to the lousy Spurs on 52% shooting from the field and 48% from '3'.

    It was fun to see Ant/Nas go 12-18 from the field and 5-6 from '3'. Growth of the young guys is so important for this franchise.
     
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    So you do think it could actually happen?
     
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    My point wasn't what would need to happen or what ways they could make the shift. My point was that with this roster, Ant will never come off the bench, no matter how logical people think it is, so going down the strategies and implications is a pointless exercise.

    I'm all for kicking around ideas here, but only if they could happen.
     
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  19. Chris Craig

    Chris Craig (Blazersland) I'm Your Huckleberry Staff Member Global Moderator Moderator

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    No. We are more than halfway through the season and Chauncey hasn't shown an inclination to change to the starting lineups. Don't think he has even discussed that in post game conferences or anything.
     
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    Agreed. And I'd venture a guess that if Steve Kerr, Phil Jackson, and Greg Popovich were on the bench instead of Billups, Ant would still have a 99.99% chance at being the starter.

    It's more than just a coaching thing, it's a contract, long term investment thing.
     

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