Discussion in 'Portland Trail Blazers' started by SlyPokerOwl, Mar 1, 2019.
Wish Terry would mess around with rotations a bit like this before the playoffs
Don't be daft. You play a team 4 times and you lose 4 times. Unarguably the worst possible outcome, factually more doomy and gloomy.
I was going to mention the same thing about C.J. playing more with Dame and less with the second unit this year. I think that accounts for most of his "improvement".
After a slow start this season, he's also shooting the ball much better this year than last. Of course, that could also be attributed to playing next to Dame who draws a lot of attention from the defense. creating more open looks for C.J. The good news is last season's year long shooting slump seems to be a thing of the past. His current TS% isn't as high as it was two years ago, but it's the second highest of his career and has been much better in Jan, Feb and Mar (especially) than it was in Oct, Nov and Dec - a favorable trend heading into the playoffs.
His 3FG% prior to Jan 1 was .337. Since Jan 1, it's been .420. Yeah, part of that may be playing with Dame, but C.J. deserves credit, too. Remember, he was also playing more with Dame in Oct, Nov and Dec than he was last season.
Big picture my friend. Based on current trends, we may never play OKC again this season. So, losing to them 4 out of 4 times becomes irrelevant if we finish with an overall better record.
If you wished to feel doomy and gloomy about going 0-4 against OKC, that's your choice. It's also my choice to feel happy and sappy about being 3 games up on them with a much easier remaining schedule.
Nope. More of the exhausting trend of intentionally misconstruing something to set up opportunity to vomit forth some macro argument. Boring af.
It's as if you are perfectly describing TPFKATHCP.
I don't know how much more evidence is needed to show that Turner needs to not play AT ALL.
His $19 mil salary next year is gonna be painful
I still have hope he can be moved as an expiring.
OK, you can go away again FAMS.
Agreed. At least one positive trend regarding Turner is that Terry finally has come to his senses. He is playing ten fewer minutes per game after the AS break. And CJ's absence the past two games hasn't resulted in an increase in ET minutes.
Who said anything about feelings? Simply stating a fucking fact. I wasn't discussing big picture. I'm saying our season series against OKC could not have gone worse. Objectively. Not that that fact taints our current position or standing or anything like that. In fact, I was replying to some smugfuckery told-you-so garbage that ignores the journey for the destination. It's about both for many of us.
Seriously. Welcome back @Boob-No-More
You have been missed.
I wouldn't be in favor of that
Dame and Nurkic have an excellent synergy going when they are on the floor together. It's easily the biggest driver of Portland's success. Diluting that for some hoped-for bump in 2nd unit efficiency seems like high-risk-low-reward speculation. Nurkic only averages 27 minutes a game. Taking him out ear;ier on the 1st Q and playing him at the top of the 2nd Q would almost guarantee the Dame/Nurkic combo would spend 10-15 fewer minutes on the floor together, especially if the rotation pattern was repeated in the 2nd half. More than any other pairing I think Dame makes Nurkic better and Nurkic makes Dame better. I want Portland's two best players performing at their best, and they sure appear to be at their best when they share the floor
He's the dude in class who raises his hand and asks some long ass question right after the professor says: "If there isn't anything else, y'all can leave early." Hard not to love those guys.
and last year we swept them. Never faced them in the playoffs then either. How can it be more doomy and gloomy factually if it never factors in to the playoffs and we finish ahead of them?
That's probably true, but we can't know if they're never separated. What we do know is that the current alignment results in terrible 2nd quarter performance. I'm not saying to switch it up permanently, but I'd like to at least see what would happen. If we were performing at a championship caliber pace, then I wouldn't have any interest in experimenting. As it is, I don't think it could hurt much to see what a minor tweak in the rotation might result in.
It's obvious you don't like him, but it isn't necessary to make it personal in the forum.
There's something to be said about this as well. But the scenario I'm hoping to see is something synergistic for the team rather than the duos.
Right now, here are some net ratings for 2 man lineups:
Dame + Nurk : + 10.9 in 1820 minutes
Nurk + Curry : + 21.8 in 217 minutes (actually best on the team)
Dame + Kanter : -8.6 in 109 minutes
ET + Kanter : -16.7 in 79 minutes
More Dame + Kanter minutes and more Curry + Nurk minutes would actually be a net positive for this team if you look at this stat in a vacuum.
And last season was the best possible outcome. Just forget it. I can't handle the disingenuous stuff right now.
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