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Weakness, athleticism, and decision-making

Only saw last 4 minutes or so of Dallas game (but thats when it counts). I saw the same crap I see whenever i've watched this year. KG needed to finish off a Rondo pass, and couldn't even get a shot off. He is an absolute weakling - will not dunk or gather and draw contact- and he's a POWER forward! Ray missed a bunny with 2 minutes left (where other guards would have just dunked). Rondo disappears cause we keep running 100 year old plays instead of attacking (more on that soon). We got NO second chance points because for the last two years our philosophy is to get back on Defense--- Other than Rondo, we put no dribble pressure on anyone, and when we rarely do drive, the defense gives help without fear because the 'offside" player on our team is either spotting up or heading back downcourt. in a final observation, Doc apparently practiced them so hard that the rest advantage was negated too.

We have no alternative because we gravitate toward players who are one-dimensional, and often cannot create offense by themselves. This fits with Docs system and philosophy, but now we are stuck in that mode with no players to do otherwise. Yes, this might be a dangerous team if we make the playoffs, (hard to imagine we barely lost to the Heat) but we are stuck in the middle right now, hoping for a miracle run. I dream of having two players who can drive, pull up in the lane, and either make a floater, draw a foul,or dish to someone actually cutting to the basket. Look at the top teams in the league right now.... they all have at least two players like that on their team... we have one (Rondo) but he is not the focus of our offense when we the game gets close, so its more like 1/2. (i know that the 08 team had a similar make-up, but people forget how much of an aggressive, transition offense we had + we were not facing teams as "loaded" with skill as we are seeing these days. We need to go (at some point) with a strategy that focuses on bigs and post offense (Bird/Parrish/Mchale era), or look to an athletic strategy (Bulls, Heat) based on two athletic wing creators. Commit to a style. I don't think Doc can manage the second option because of his control freak issues at the end of games, and his inability to trust young players, but who knows. If you can't get Love or Howard as Post core, then forget that option. So then do you look totally to the draft or can you pry away an Ellis and/or Thornton type players and keep Ray and others as back-ups? Tough call.

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