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First let me say there is too much capitulation after this last loss. Calm down and put things into perspective. See the positives that situation provided like a semi-replication of a playoff atmosphere, and potential defensive game plans for the future. That brings me to my next point...
I don't want to debate about Mike D'Antoni or his system. I see the benefits of ball movement and feeling free to take a shot, I do.
I see how this system can accentuate a team and even (mostly) a pg's offensive output. I acknowledge that many players' offensive output has benefitted.
But this is what I see when I see a game like the HEAT game (Feb. 23)
When we run a system as we do there seems to be a domino effect when players are having bad games.
Please just hear me out
When (if) running a system SPECIFICALLY DESIGNED (SDS) FOR YOUR PLAYERS there are apparent benefits that running an open system can't produce at its best. In Mike's system anyone can explode. It's like an avalanche that keeps getting worse as time goes on, but too many things can (and seem to) go wrong, apparent in losses. A couple of cold guys and everything goes south.
In a SDS (specifically design system) there are "featured" players. The team usually relies on getting those "featured" players THE BALL WHERE THEY WANT IT, not asking players to "fit" regardless of their preference.
In a SDS the plays are designed and taught in a prioritized manner meaning your stars get the brunt of plays (specifically run for them) and the "fitting in" is done by ancillary pieces. Complements to the stars can too shine this way BUT NOT AS A PRIMARY FUNCTION.
(I know it's been a while but you must make the distinction between the regular season and the playoffs. Last night was the closest we can get, and did you see? It changes come playoff time.)
Put yourself into a playoff mentality. Aren't you more confident knowing we had specific plays designed for our stars... in abundance? Wouldn't you like to know that's where he likes it (pause) and the play was designed for that? That way when a player gets hot we can feature him. When a player needs touches to get in rhythm there are specific designs for that, which is better than hopefully a guy can find his way within the system IF he gets hot or needs to get his rhythm?
One approach (SDS) provides more confidence as teams gel compared to the system clicking so any player can score. When they gel they become adept at the little things asked of them (like passing, catching)- in the open system, they must concentrate to make an impact and so they force things while poorly performing fundamental things (passing and catching), have you noticed?
In the playoffs (like last night), so things don't get out of hand, there must be specific GO TO PLAYS. The pressure to make or match buckets is paramount. The system approach cannot take advantage of this. It asks "somebody, anybody please step up?', and at times we see that. And please don't get me wrong, I know there are specific plays run in this system but not many for specific players.
We've seen B level players look amazing. Novak (who if used properly should shine in any approach), Jeffries to an extent, and new dudes like Smith getting theirs off the bench.
What we don't see is STAT & MELO being featured. Yes I love the P&R with The Mad Bison, but we need much more than that.
With the SDS, we can tell early if our 1st priority is off, or if our 2nd-3rd priority is on, and adjust accordingly. With Mike's system it seems too random, and relies too much on circumstance.
**Mike D'Antoni must use and run specific designed plays for our stars as a priority or else we will lose in the playoffs and he will be replaced. I don't want to lose btw, I hope Mike can adjust. I hope he's learned what I have, that a combination of both approaches is best, and each has it's uses.
He must incorporate specific player designed plays into his open system, that will help and give the team something to fall back on during tough times.
Mike wants guys to buy into the system and many have. We have looked great at times- but even in those times it's evident that the sustainability can be compromised given the fluid dynamics, especially against defensive oriented playoff teams. Especially given that he's basically going into battle with a rookie at his most important position. I think specific designed plays will definitely help Lin the most.
I have no doubts we can and will improve over time. I'm not panicking in the least bit nor should anyone be. This is our time to practice and gel and make it the real March Madness.
Just pray that our team can recognize how to highlight our stars within the system off course. But that's just it, can THIS system highlight our stars? Or is it get in where you fit in?