In my latest post ("observations") and in response to another post on tuesday (forgot which), I lamented the fate of our offense, and possible fixes. Tonight, Doc made nearly every adjustment that i listed (nothing that any offensive minded fan could't have summarized, but....) We scored 105 points, and the tortured and boring mess that was our offense looked much better! I listed 4 points that I will repeat, and then point out Doc's adjustments.
(1) Setting up with two posts at the elbow-clogs driving and passing lanes. Against Dallas we set up in this set at least 25 to 30 times, and got virtually nothing. Tonight, we set up in this set only 5 times (i didn't see last 8 minutes of game). In those possessions we were 1-5 with 2 TO's --and the lone shot was Bradley's shot clock beater. Rightly, we stayed away from that.
(2) Push the ball and allow some early offense drives and kick outs. We did that on a few turnovers, but also got some good corner looks, and a couple of quick posts to KG before OKC defense got set. We need to push the issue at times to keep the defense honest (we back it out when we could easily make an advantage from a three on three).
(3) Use open post offense that always has option for drives/curls/slip screens. First 5 possessions tonight Doc did just this (NO POSTS HIGH). Garnett-slip screen=Dunk. Then RA curl to middle=lay-up. Then Pierce drive middle =2 FTs. Then Kg roll after RA curl= Score. Also Doc went to a 1-4 low set and got looks for Pietrus and Allen-- while still keeping the lane open. All night we used good motion and PP and RA had many chances to get into the lane. PP missed his usual drives, and got fouled only a few times, but the chances were there. I wish Bradley would attack the middle like he did (dunk) more often. He played well...
(4) We went completely away from our best play vs Dallas--- the screen and roll (baseline). Tonight we used it often, and with great results. Hubie Brown even picked up on this after the success it showed. I saw it run 8 times-- scoring 7 of those (5 dunks)! The spacing that clogged this up vs dallas was eliminated by Doc rightly putting a shooter in the far opposite corner, so no help could come. This is / has been effective all year (when we remember to run it).
I am encouraged by Doc's adjustments -- it was undoubtedly needed, and it showed in much better flow tonight. The only down spot of the night offensively was the horrendous line-up choice that lead to the 14-0 (eventually 21-0) run. The first G/F off the bench were Daniels and Dooling -(-D.D ) .. which in my mind stands for "DOC, DON'T!" Those two should play only if all other bench players (including trainer and waterboy) are unavailable, PERIOD. Moore and Pavlovich are better IMO, and we really need to get Moore as many looks as we can, since I doubt Daniels and Dooling will be back. Would also like to see JJJ involved in some plays (1 baseline screen/roll and he got a dunk). Anyway, good job Doc. I have been critical recently, but trying new things seemed to energize the offense a bit--- not much we could defensively (short and short-handed).