[quote=“Craftsy21, post:32, topic:1492”]LOL what a surprise, you have two concerns and they’re both the positions you want your two new favorite players to get more minutes at. I AM SHOCKED.
Tim had a fantastic game, we don’t need him to score - we need him to facilitate and play defense, which he did extremely well last night. He was maybe my MVP of the game for us for all the little things he did well. AJ had a tough game offensively most of the night but did not make many mistakes and was a much better defender than Oliver - which is to be expected when you look how long he’s been in the system by comparison.
As far as getting the ball inside - our very first possession of the game went right inside. Could we do it more? Yes, but it’s not like we were taking awful shots in the first half, they just weren’t dropping. There was about a 3 or 4 minute stretch where I did have some issues with our offensive strategy, but most of that was Lehigh switching defenses on us out of timeouts. We looked sharper in the 2nd half, but that’s always easy to do when your team’s shooting % goes up ~20% and the other team goes down ~20.
More on Jones…we also had 19 points off second chance opportunities and AJ had 4 offensive rebounds to go with his 9 total. Don’t underestimate what he means to this team just because he doesn’t put up a lot of points. We have 4 or 5 guys that can score pretty well now, I’m not concerned with his scoring - we need guys who can defend and rebound consistently, and I’ve been pretty happy with his progression there. Similarly with TF - it’s important to have pass-first players, and a guy who really seems intent on penetrating with the dribble this year. That’s going to help the rest of the team more than him putting up 10 shots a game.
For somebody who seems so concerned with playing inside, it’s awfully interesting to see how much you prefer BO who likes to float around outside like a european player. I think it’s a nice change of pace when he comes in, but it won’t always be such a positive if his shots don’t continue to drop from out there.[/quote]
Shots weren’t dropping in the first half? We made two more treys in the second half. The entire difference was getting it inside. What game were you watching? AJ got offensive rebounds, yes, and that’s what happens when you get the ball inside. Offenses collapse to the hoop and you get garbage buckets. That’s the whole point. You also get much better kickout opportunities. Regarding BO, yes, I prefer bangers, but you don’t need 3 on the floor at the same time. There’s not a big who shoots even close to how he does. AJ just can’t play back to the basket. On Frazier, eric’s dead right. IMO, he overdribbles. You know how some guys get the ball and look to score first? He doesn’t. You need to be a triple threat to be more dangerous, and he really isn’t. He had 1 bucket in 28 minutes, and that was on a run to the basket where he got fed the ball for a nice layup, a little twister. He just doesn’t know how to score. Good handle, good on D, certainly quick. He cannot create his own shot. I know Joe Crispin was working with him on that fadeaway, but Joe was probably doing it since he was 11. Very hard to learn to shoot at DI level. That’s a knack developed when young. As pg, he takes the pressure off Talor, and that’s good. Just not sure it’s enough, so I either expect 3g lineup, or he gets squeezed for minutes. Buie had some rough spots, but he’s fearless, like you know who.