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@Butterfingers Because looking good while shooting is not the same is being good. Also, probably not enough veteran leadership.
1 week, 4 days ago on Thunder vs Celtics: Pregame Primer
@ Luke I think coming off the bench actually benefits him. His responsibilities are less and he's more likely to get those open layups/dunks that starters are generally more tuned in to stopping.
@Durantacula It's probably closer to the max than originally thought, but that's more about the sudden jump in the 2015-2016 cap than Reggie actually being a max player.
@_justin Pretty solid Russ impression.
@Chandler Bing. If we can stay close at all, it will be a huge help when everybody returns. Also, tanking was never a viable option unless KD and Russ are out for most of the year.
@RudiLuczyn I don't know if they are really finding anything new. Serge still struggles without KD/Russ to set him up. Reggie is still the only player on the team that can create his own shot. Morrow is a great shooter, which we already knew. Maybe if Perry comes back still on fire, we can say him, but it's hard to say the team has discovered anything new otherwise.
@Chandler Bing. Is that a bad thing?
@Chandler Bing. Does China still love him?
@dollarbillrussell Kevin Martin was better.
@Bryson All this playing time is going to make it real hard to trade him later.
@PERRYIII Lamb actually does suck. Morrow is well known for being a hot shooter. What exactly is the problem?
@DanielLawler @Keith00 @OKC-Brazil I think the overrated label he had when he first became a starter has worn off. Most every metric now shows that he's more than a block hunter (which he certainly was early in his career). He actually stays on the ground and contests his man while still being a terror from the weak side.
And I agree that GMs would choose a player like Cousins first, because he puts up bigger box scores, and traditionally ppg and rpg define big men. But again, we're talking about a giant center who doesn't defend at all and who was Josh Smith level inefficient last year. Ibaka may not have Cousins' ballhandling or passing ability, but he also doesn't force tons of bad shots all the time and has three point range.
3 weeks ago on Perry Jones fractures the Nuggets, 102-91
@DanielLawler @Keith00 @OKC-Brazil I disagree. Better perhaps, but not easily. Cousins can create offense and rebounds better. Ibaka is significantly better defensively (he's actually become elite at this point) and a more efficient scorer. Cousins might be the better player to build a team around because of his particular talents, but Ibaka has a greater impact on the outcome of games.
@DanielLawler @Keith00 @OKC-Brazil I think Ibaka is as good as anyone on the Kings or Bucks. Gay and Parker might be better than our second best player, looking at their actual rosters you see two teams that don't play defense almost at all and no particularly efficient volume scorers. Neither team has a notable matchup advantage. Talent overall those teams are better, but they are also coached worse and bring little cohesion to the table.
@OKC-Brazil I think they can beat 4 of those team (Grizzlies are the exception). I wouldn't expect them to beat the Raptors, but it the other three wouldn't even surprise me. The Kings and Bucks are flat out bad teams. The Nets are a million years old and Johnson is due for a bad game after his super hot start.
@CDNBallJunkie That's never been his game. He doesn't/can't handle the ball. What's he supposed to do?
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Thunder vs. Clippers: Pregame Primer
@d21 @Keith00 This is why I would toss in the picks from OKC. 2 second rounders or a top 20 protected first. The first rounder would be pretty valuable to a Milwaukee team that's going to be bad anyway. Middleton also becomes a free agent this offseason, so he'll be more expensive next year than Jones easily. OKC likely doesn't even bother to offer Middleton a contract unless he plays really well anyway, so if Milwaukee really likes him they can just sign him over the summer.
3 weeks, 6 days ago on Monday Bolts – 10.27.14
@Barry Amenema @Keith00 She bounces around and distracts opposing players.
@S4TISF4CTION @Keith00 Yeah, that was super confusing. Wouldn't Milwaukee have to be sporting serious negative win scores at SG/SF for that to be possible?
Season saved. And by saved, I mean the team doesn't implode before guys get healthy.
Why for OKC? Both players returning are better than the ones going out (and healthy), both have starting experience and would be useful throughout the rest of the season and playoffs. The team stays under the luxury tax.
Why for Milwaukee? They aren't looking to win this year anyway. They save a couple million dollars. Both players going out are having minutes squeezed by players making more money (Mayo -> Dudley) or younger/better (Giannis -> Middleton). OKC throws in a couple second rounders as well, or the rights to Heustis.
It's Perry time.
So I guess Presti kind of has to look for trades, eh?
@SeinfeldOKC I don't understand the double list. Also, I don't think OKC falls out of the top 4. Even if they are worse than expected with KD out, he will be coming back with about 3/4ths of the season remaining. We'll still be a top of the league team when he's back.
Also, schedule has a lot to do with it. We'll face our easier stretch early. So even if the team is worse than expected, the win-loss record won't be as affected.
@Perk-Punt @Keith00 I really want to have faith in Lamb, but I just haven't seen anything to believe. I think he can handle the ball ok, but I would be concerned if he was the primary ballhandler on the floor. I think he can make some shots, but I just don't think he can be efficient consistently. Add in his lack of defense, and I honestly don't think he stays on the team much longer.
@Perk-Punt @Keith00 I agree with that lineup. It's going to be interesting to see Brooks juggle minutes so that Russ or Reggie are always on the floor. I really don't want to see Telfair getting significant minutes just because Brooks wants to swap his entire starting lineup for big chunks.
@Perk-Punt He was at 19+ per game last year, that seems reasonable. I just think it's time he was moved to the bench. Missing KD means the starters are desperate for offense, and it doesn't help to dig a hole for our less than stellar bench to dig out of each game.
As good as Perk is on defense, he's worse on offense. Adams is not nearly as good of a defender as Perk, but I think he's positive. Add that he's also positive on offense and he's better overall than Perk.
1 month ago on Kevin Durant No. 8 in #NBArank
@Jooseppi @_justin We could trade Lamb for Dudley straight up. Perk isn't as poisonous on an expiring contract, but he's still only going to work as trade ballast.
@Tvaddic Beverly is pretty high on the list, Griffin, Lebron, Rose (lot of backlash from Westbrook supporters since Rose has always been more beloved despite doing less), Perkins is up there, you could go old school with PJ Carlesimo, Ron Artest (though obviously out of the league now), or perhaps good ol' Kobe (does anyone like him who isn't a Laker fan?).
1 month ago on Kevin Durant says he’s not going to rush back to the court
@GREENE1148 Pretty much every lineup improves when you remove Perk. Can you explain why he's been our starting center instead of Adams/Collison/Ibaka?
1 month ago on Monday Bolts – 10.20.14
I'd really like to see more Adams v. Asik. Not that I expect Adams to dominate an elite defender, but to give him more practice against starting caliber defenses rather than some of the preseason dregs he's dominated.
1 month, 1 week ago on The Side Part: Plates filled with crow
@Kong Lambchop @_justin He had to take a year off from the NBA because no one wanted him, it's not just preseason conclusions.
@Hustle Westbrook Morrow Faction @Durants Shimmy @DTVirgin What are we going to call the early season offense?
1 month, 1 week ago on Wednesday Bolts – 10.15.14
@DanielLawler @harmlesslyfatal @Keith00 @FunakiEjectsAnother [#StartLambFaction] He rebounds well, that usually translates very well. I'm not super high on him myself, but a potential double double guy vs. a score first PG that doesn't actually score efficiently or defend is tougher than you make it sound.
@FunakiEjectsAnother [#StartLambFaction] @Keith00 @DanielLawler @harmlesslyfatal This is what makes it hard. Obviously Randle wouldn't be all that useful on the Thunder playing behind Ibaka, but on sheer talent and skill, you've still gotta think Randle is the better player.
@FunakiEjectsAnother [#StartLambFaction] @DanielLawler @Keith00 @harmlesslyfatal What about Julius Randle?
@FunakiEjectsAnother [#StartLambFaction] @Keith00 @AlexR44 The counter is that both teams have that ability to scout and adjust. They know what the other team will want to attack and the know how they want to attack the other team. In the end, it still comes down to players executing. I would rather have the better player trying to execute than the worse one. Adams doesn't strike me as any more exploitable than Perkins (who is a walking exploit on offense).
@DanielLawler @Keith00 @harmlesslyfatal @FunakiEjectsAnother [#StartLambFaction] Is there really that much different between 75 and 110 at the point? Isn't it kind of nitpicking after the superstars, stars, all-stars, and underrated stars?
@FunakiEjectsAnother [#StartLambFaction] @Keith00 @DanielLawler @harmlesslyfatal 106/30=~3.5. Would Reggie be the third or 4th best player on most teams? If so, then the ranking isn't that crazy. If you think he would definitely be the 2nd or 3rd best player on most teams, I can see your argument, but I would disagree.
@DanielLawler @harmlesslyfatal @FunakiEjectsAnother [#StartLambFaction] I don't know, 106 isn't exactly terrible. 30 teams, 5 starters each is 180. At 107, that tells me Reggie is better than a whole lot of starters. I've said before that he's a lot more average than we are making him out to be lately, so I'm not that upset by the ranking. I expected him to be in the 90s, so a small drop when so many players are relatively equal around him isn't too bad.
@FunakiEjectsAnother [#StartLambFaction] @Keith00 @AlexR44 I think that's faulty reasoning. Adams wasn't ready for what? To play basketball? The exact thing he had been doing better than Perkins almost all year?
The team preaches continuity and development all the time. Rightly so even. But what's the point of emphasizing development when it doesn't give the player any recognition. When it became obvious that Adams had surpassed Perk as a player, why keep him on the bench in limited minutes? Why keep trotting out Jeff Green when Ibaka was so much better suited to play PF? Why keep starting Thabo when the team was struggling to score against Miami?
Ready is a silly thing to say in the playoffs. Despite the narratives, they are not appreciably different than the rest of the season. Teams still tend to play just as well or poorly as they did in the regular season. The increased emotion is how fans view it, not really how players do. Is game one of a finals series REALLY a bigger deal to Steven Adams than game one of his professional career? These guys already know how to handle pressure, else they wouldn't have gotten to the NBA in the first place.
@FunakiEjectsAnother [#StartLambFaction] @Keith00 @AlexR44 Yeah, I did say "might". I don't know if we would have pulled it out, but I think our chances would have been raised significantly.
Perkins reminds me a lot of watching Ben Wallace on offense. The difference is that Wallace was a 4-time DPOY and one of the best rebounders of his era. You literally hoped he would never catch the ball on offense, but he made up for it by doing everything on the other end at the elite of elite level. Perkins just isn't that guy.
@FunakiEjectsAnother [#StartLambFaction] @Keith00 @AlexR44 Again, I think that's the core of the whole argument. It's one thing to get worked up over Perk when there's literally nothing else to replace him with. Adams I think is already better than Perk overall and the team should really be getting him acclimated in his future role.
@AlexR44 @FunakiEjectsAnother [#StartLambFaction] Adams actually defended the heck out of Duncan. Limited sample, but Duncan didn't eat up everyone that defended him.
@AlexR44 @Keith00 Well sure, but people have been seriously bashing Perkins since well before we knew that. There's real reason to believe the team might have a championship already (2012) if Perkins hadn't been the starting center. Perkins is just not a good player in high minutes anymore, and people are going to be mad about that until it changes.
The salary sucks, but none of us actually play that salary. The thing fans care about are wins, and Perk is generally a detriment to getting those.
@_justin @DanielLawler @Keith00 While I'm not really on the intangibles train, I can't deny that there is some value in continuity. That said, Perk won't be back next year. I see value in working in his replacement earlier rather than later, even if Perkins wasn't a train wreck on the court.
@Boomtown Did you miss the part where both the university AND the police covered up for Winston? I mean, this is barely news. Until someone actually is able to bring a serious corruption case against these institutions, this is just the status quo.
@AlexR44 In all seriousness, Perk simply wouldn't get the vitriol he does if he played the role he is suited for: 2nd big off the bench. I mean, it would still hurt to know the team was paying him so much, but at least he could focus on what he does best and hopefully be less terrible offensively against opposing second units.
@DanielLawler But, but... intangibles! You can't measure heart.