Winning The Right Way
It seems to me that when I man's scored 46 points, his career high is 47 points, and there's a full quarter left to play you don't keep him on the bench throughout the fourth quarter, no matter how uncompetitive the game may be. Anyways, a true shooting percentage of 104% is pretty damn awesome.
February 26, 2006 | Permalink
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It is a helluva box score line.
I'm surprised Gilly's never gotten 50.
Matt, I was thinking the same thing when I heard the story on ESPN. Still, playoffs are approaching, and an injury could be disastrous, and if the game is well in hand...
Guess I know why I'm not coaching hoops.
Posted by: P.B. Almeida | Feb 26, 2006 9:59:22 AM
Eh. I say bench him. Personal records, like certificates for participation, are for losers. Moreover, why would would you want to encourage your point guard, who is already a little shot-happy, to see scoring as his main avenue to glory? Now, if he'd had 15 assists at the end of the third quarter....
Posted by: SomeCallMeTim | Feb 26, 2006 10:51:21 AM
"Moreover, why would would you want to encourage your point guard, who is already a little shot-happy, to see scoring as his main avenue to glory? Now, if he'd had 15 assists at the end of the third quarter...."
Because Gilberto is a classic combo guard, not a pure point. Now I know the nescient hoops fans all hate combo guards, and would prefer a thousand Brevin Knights to be unleashed onto the world. But Gilberto is the Zards' best scoring option, and until Ernie Grunfeld surrounds him with some better finishers than he currently has, a Zards fan should be happier to see him get 46 points than 15 assists. They'll win more games that way.
it seems to me that a career-best scoring effort against the 2005-06 knicks defense doesn't mean much anyhow. big deal: a skillful offensive player can shred the current knicks. i like arenas, but a career scoring high against a real NBA defense: that would mean something. had he scored 60 last night, it wouldn't have meant much.
Posted by: howard | Feb 26, 2006 12:21:26 PM
The "silent game" on NBATV between Orlando and Houston sans announcers was pretty sweet, but they didn't mix the court mikes high enough. I suspect they were wary of profanity on the court.
Personally, I'd pay extra for a version of league pass with no announcers, and the court mikes mixed high enough to sound like you have a courtside seat. It's really cool to be able to hear the interplay between the players on the court, and today's game didn't enable that.
A few more random notes
I've been assuming the Artest trade was a debacle for Indiana because I'm assuming they can't afford to re-sign Peja without financially crippling themselves. But if I'm wrong about that, it's not that horrible a deal. They'll never be as dominant as they could've been with Ron-Ron, but they could be a decent team with Peja.
New Jersey has a very soft schedule upcoming, heavily weighted towards home games. Philly is going to have to seriously sharpen up to make a run for the Atlantic, unless Vince goes dancing with Nelly.
The weirdest thing about Gilberto's game to me is his free throw shooting style. Check it out. He avoids looking at the basket for most of his routine, and only sights the rim right before his release. It shouldn't work, but it seems to do the job for him.
Petey, I seem to remember that you didn't think Washington could catch Cleveland.
Forget the Knicks game. Really. The Cleveland game was where they made a statement.
Washington, in the past three weeks, has lost two games, a back to back road game and Daniels is playing the role Arenas neagainst the Hornets (lost w/.5 a second left in front of a playoff team) and a road game against Dallas (and they were in it with two mintues). Moreover, they've "bought into" Eddie Jordan's scheme -- they've played terrific defense since the Jamison/Heywood benchings -- and Daniels is playing the role that Hughes could not: the veteran point guard who knows when to pull back the offense and look for a good shot.
PS: The Wizards do have better complementary players than you think. Butler is pretty damn good and now that Daniels' perimeter game appears to be coming back, put that with Jamison and that's not a bad complementary cast. Heywood holds his own (he frustrates Z of Cleveland, for example) and Jeffries has played well when matched up against 2s and 3s (he's played great against LeBron).
Cleveland, meanwhile, has scuffled -- and the trade pickups (particulary Murray) don't help their defense, which was already lackluster.
The Wizards might be one game off the 4 spot by the end of play tomorrow.
Posted by: Chris R | Feb 26, 2006 7:45:03 PM
My son and I attended last Tuesday's game and saw the most astonishing thing ever: Brendan Heywood sinking free throws. He was like 5-7 or something. If they can bottle THAT, they can end up with a pretty nice season.
"Petey, I seem to remember that you didn't think Washington could catch Cleveland."
Yup. And I still think Cleveland will get the 4 spot, although that's obviously looking much more tenuous now than when I first said it.
And I think Flip Murray is a much more useful pickup than you do. He's obviously no replacement for L Hughes, but he should help provide an outlet when LBJ gets double teamed. I think he'll end up with a lot of minutes.
However it ends up, I hope it's a Zards/Cavs first round matchup. That would be a fun series.
Petey, what do you think about the matchups?
To me, the Zards match up well: Heywood frustrates Z and Butler/Jeffries makes LeBron a perimeter player (well, to the extent that you can, anyway). The Cavs weakness on defense? Who covers Arenas and Butler (they tried Pavlovic on Butler and that, needless to say, did not work).
Oh, I like the Murray pickup, but he's lackluster defensively and I thought they might be in the running for Watson, who *definitely* would be a better pick up if you were looking to matchup against Washington.
Posted by: Chris R | Feb 27, 2006 10:08:56 AM
"Petey, what do you think about the matchups?"
I've only caught a couple of Zards games this year, other than the two blowouts of the Sixers, so I'm not able to really judge.
And who knows when Hughes will get back, which is obviously a crucial factor.
But I'd lean toward the Cavs. LeBron is miles ahead of Gilberto (no insult, that), and beyond the two stars, I think the Cavs have significantly better weapons. But since I don't understand how the Zards record is as good as it is, I may not fully understand what's going on in Washington.
What I really don't understand is why the Zards couldn't work things out with Chucky Atkins. I know he was unhappy, but I would've made sure he got enough minutes to become happy. He's a real baller, playoff tested, and in a contract year to boot. It's beyond me why you let someone like that walk away unless you're just writing this year off.
Oh I don't know. Looking at the Wiz record during and after Chucky, I think it's him that got written off, not the season.
"Oh I don't know. Looking at the Wiz record during and after Chucky, I think it's him that got written off, not the season."
Ditching him definitely made sense in the ultra-short-term, as he was a clubhouse distraction. And making him disappear made the distraction disappear quickly. But were I a Zards fan, I'd want him around come playoff time.
There are few things in this world more unstoppable than an NBA veteran in a contract year. I think you can basically write it down in pen that Atkins will hit a couple of big 4th quarter shots in the playoffs for Memphis.
Chucky wasn't a good fit, Petey. First off, his presence didn't allow Daniels to mesh with the offense. Daniels seems more comfortable -- and I'll tell you, if he starts hitting his perimeter J, watch out.
Second, Atkins apparently was a major malcontent in the clubhouse -- the team's chemistry was damaged when he was going public with trade demands seemingly every week.
Petey: I'll explain about the Zards. DEFENSE. It has been far better in the last two months and they've bought into Jordan's schemes. The offense is a lot calmer and there are nights where Gilbert is now not shooting w/20 left on the clock because he doesn't trust Butler, Jamison, Daniels. And Heywood has looked great (or passable) as of late.
Big game against Memphis: and I like our chances right now.
Posted by: Chris R | Feb 27, 2006 12:17:09 PM
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