Metro our team is built to run.
We are already an elite defensive teams in spite of the amount of points we give up. As of the other day we were:
1st in block shots
9th in steals
1st in points scored off of turnovers
3rd or 4th in forcing turnovers
15th in rebounds
Yes, no one is denying that we give up a ton of points but we are also 3rd in points scored. Our tempo inflates scores for both teams so it's a wash in my opinion.
We are doing this all with our best defensive player, Turiaf injured for several games. Add in a healthy Azubukie as a defensive wing stopper and the continued maturing of our squad as they play more games together and these stats will only get better. D'ant has us playing really good ball on both ends of the court and I think slowing down the game will only hurt us. The key is knowing how to switch gears and get stops at critical junctures in the game. The Knicks are starting to do this with more and more regularity and are showing they can close out quarters nicely. I am happy with what I see considering our injuries and Gallo's inconsistent play.