Is it too soon to talk about defensive rating?

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  1. Labinot41

    Labinot41 Well-Known Member

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    I think this defense is sustainable. Hart, Winslow and Grant are good defenders and we still haven't even seen GP2 yet. Nurkic can also be a good defender if he stops making dumb fouls or complaining too much. I like what i have seen so far from Sharpe, he can stay in front of his guy, and Little in theory is a good defender, but he needs to stay healthy and get in better shape
     
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    Ant has been a key to the good defense; he has looked better than Dame or CJ ever have. People say he only had one good game in four; but they need to look beyond shots. If he can be just an average defender it totally changes the DameAnt backcourt and team building possibilities.
     
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    I am not an expert on this, but it seems like the overall communication is better on D. It also seems like our other defenders are making it easier for Ant to slide through the picks on the perimeter, instead of going around. Those extra steps can be costly.
     
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    Bumping this back to the top now that we have 14 games under our belt. Still top 10... I think the team is buying into CCB's defensive focus.

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    Of the teams in the top 10, we are 2nd-lowest in steals, 2nd-lowest in blocks, and 2nd-highest in opponent points off turnovers. All that tells me that as good as the defense has been, it can be better without too much difficulty.
     
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    Our defense would also be better if our offense didn't pass the ball to the other team quite so much....
     
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    No doubt--that's why I mentioned the "opponent points off turnovers" item. Ours are 19.8/game. Get them down to 17 (average of the other 9 top 10 defenses), and Blazers drtg jumps to 2nd or 3rd best in the league.
     
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    Yeah I was thinking a similar thought the other day that one part of Dame’s bad defense captured by RPM stats is probably all the times he’s goes to the rim, misses the shot, gets no call and he’s on the ground out of bounds, and it’s 5 on 4 for them. That seems to happen a couple of times a game. Then there’s the times he drives into traffic and gets in trouble and makes a weak ass pass that gets picked off for a fast break.

    Guess you take the bad with the good though because Dame does flourish at the rim.
     
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    I thought you said the Warriors were trash?
     
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    something is very wrong with this team, they better figure it out quickly

    defense is nowhere near as good as before and offense is difficult to watch
     
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    Defense Travels!
    Even when it's getting worse.
     
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    So: Chauncey was supposed to fix our defense but it's now no better than Stotts.
     
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    Guess you needed a reminder.

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    Nurk has to help cover defensively,
    We added a defensive minded wing who can also score,
    Hart plays is ass off every night,
    ... so it brings us back to the same issue we've had for almost a decade. Two smallish, poor defensive guard at the point of attack that the rest of the team has to cover for. You can hide one, it's tough to hide two.

    Until that changes, we will likely have similar results as we have in years past.
     
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    It's pretty simple.
    The Blazers are still pretty small and teams have figured out how to score on them.
    If Chauncey goes to "Drop Coverage" for most of the coverage I'm going to Laugh out Loud.
     

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