Lillard: What's the Solution?

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  1. Strenuus

    Strenuus Global Moderator Staff Member Global Moderator

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    Were talking schemes, not personnel.
     
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    MightyMouseOps1 Well-Known Member

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    We need more of a motion offense than the pick and roll centric offense we are currently running. Additionally, getting Dame off the ball some to run off pin downs and double screens would be nice. We finally did it in the 4th qrtr and he probably got the cleanest look he got all night. He still missed the 3 but it was a shot you want him taking.
     
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    It would be interesting if we maybe dealt Turner, Moe, Simons, and our draft pick to New Orleans for Jrue Holiday, then trade CJ for an all-star level forward like Butler in a s&t?

    Holiday
    Dame
    Butler
    Collins
    Nurk

    That’s a lot of defense and very capable offense.
     
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    Don't walk the ball up the court.

    When they double team pass the ball quick, someone is open.

    If Dame is tired sub him out more, our bench has played great.

    It's middle school basketball, but Dame seems to try and outsmart the double team as though he thinks the team can't win without him scoring.

    Compare that to Curry, he passes quick and moves without the ball then gets it back for a wide open three.

    Stop holding the ball and waiting for the defense to setup.

    Stop driving into double teams.

    Stop jumping with no idea of where to pass.

    Once the rest of the team penalizes GS it will open things up for Dame.

    Until he makes teams pay for trapping by passing out of it he will only see more of it.
     
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    When a defense is selling out to stop one player using doubles, triples, traps, jumping screens, and hedging to that players side of the floor, the only way to defeat that defense is for the other players to punish it by scoring consistently. CJ can't do it; Mo and Aminu can't do it'; Kanter, Meyers, and Zach can't do it. Hood made a good stab at it but he can't do it

    Portland needs more talent and they have to recognize something critical: teams get a two-fer for using that defense on Dame: one is that they take out the best and most efficient scorer Portland has; the bonus is they shut down the only guy who can consistently run the Blazer offense, such as it is

    Portland is vulnerable when a 6'2 guard is their #1 scorer and #1 playmaker/facilitator. Dame is by far the best player, but he has limitations and Portland's reliance on him leaves them a shipwreck when a good defensive team takes Dame out of the flow

    what Portland needs is another player, preferably a wing, as talented as Dame so an opponent can't sell out to stop Dame. CJ isn't close to being that player, and of course, getting a player like that is a real long shot

    The Warriors couldn't use that defense if Portland had Kawhi or Paul George to pair with Dame. But those ships have sailed, if they were ever even close to port
     
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    Not without drastic changes.
     
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    There is no solution. Warriors are better than the Blazers and Steph is better than Lillard. Ah they also have a better coach and GM.
     
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    Dame is injured. Back off bud. :)
     
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    Dame needs to do two things.
    1. Trust his team mates more.
    (a) No hero drives trying to beat 4 defenders. In general when Dame attacks the rim it's his most efficient shot. But when he overdoes it and goes out of control, head down, 1 on 4, it's a terrible play resulting in fast breaks the other way.
    (b) When trapped get rid of the ball sooner and let his team mates go 4 on 3. If they can't punish the defense he needs different team mates.
    2. Stop making careless passes and overly risky passes. TAKE CARE of the ball.

    Generally Dame is high BBIQ. But in these two areas he has been low BBIQ throughout his career.
     
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    Exactly
     
  11. Orion Bailey

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    Solution. Rest and recorvery from injuries. IT was a great ride. Cant wait for a Healthy team next year!!!!!
     
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    Right on...Its so predictable Dame slowly bring it up, and dribbling way to much. With traps and basically zone defense in the NBA now you must push the ball. Look at what Green did, he pushed every freaked time and created.
     
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    There is no solution for Lillard himself, the only solution is better teammates. An former NBA Player should know it

     
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    Good comments, but I think if they were to push the ball up quickly and get motion going there would be more creating and less chance of trapping and zoning the p&r.
    Jake is the one guy that can move well without the ball and it's disappointing he hasn't been given a chance.
     
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    Stotts should be fired for playing Aminu and Harkless together. I would understand it if they were elite defenders, but they aren't. They are liabilitys on both ends and stotts still cant see it
     
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    Since the Blazers love small guards, any chance we go really crazy next year and do some trade to get Isaiah Thomas to replace Curry? His coming back from an injury and can torment teams on offense
     
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    If Olshey was running the Warriors, they would still have Mark Jackson as coach because why not have stability?
     
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    stampedehero Play On>>>/ RAVENS

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    You have more insight that the guys who get paid to be the coaches on this team..
     
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