Fiz is not trying to win games. He plays Kornet in crunch time in a close winnable game. He's lost CLee, LT, Burke, Kanter in this effort to give young players playing time.
Winning games is not on COACH but system, game plan, rotations, are. Winning is on this front office which they started out the yr with 3msgs...
1 - Don't look for #kporzee to return this yr
2 - We're developing
3 - Look for us to make leap next yr
Then reinforced 1 & 2 barely over a month into the season. Fizdale said in week 4 we aren't trying to win games and we're not that good of a team but the focus is development. Tonight he fails by not leaving Knits in the game to close(he played well enough), we did not see Knox get enough looks late. No problem going with Kornet late he's a starter and he played well. Fiz is following the lead of his front office in a yr in which he knows he has a free pass
Denver has the best record in the WC. Knicks hung for 3 quarters... played a very good 1st Quarter. 6 guys scored in double figures. Kornet held his own... Knox and Knits and Mudiay and Timmy flashed in some moments.
The perfect game, for this roster, this team, this season.
They competed, responded well after the last few road blowouts.
Did it matter who was on the floor in the 4th? Teams like DEN will sleepwalk through the first half... just a coping mechanism to survive a long season... good teams will put it in neutral vs bad teams, then turn it on when necessary to procur the W. Especially after a few days off, after a holiday break of sorts.
I felt Game was right there to be had... 106-102... 3:30 left... Kornet sets pick and then rolls to hoop. Timmy gets doubled, but instead of dishing to a cutting Kornet, he goes hero-ball and tries to split the double by dribbling through 2 guys. Obviously, DEN easily steal ball from THJr... ends up leading to a 3 from Jocic... game-set-match.
remember $18m out.... 18m in....
I'm aware and all we have to be is within 125% =/- of salary if I'm not mistaken...here are some examples
Kanter/Knits/Dotson for (Magic) Vucevic/Grant/pick
Kanter/Burke for (Clips) Gortat/Thornwell/pick
Kanter for (Nets) Faried/Graham/pick
Kanter/Burke for (Kings) Koufus/Shumpert/Cash/pick
Kanter/Burke for (Wolves) Gibson/Aldrich/pick
Kanter/Burke for (Mavs) Matthews/pick
Keep in mind some teams are positioned to be a playoff team, bubble playoff team, and need better depth. I really like the Orlando trade although it would hurt to give them up the kids but Vucevic is a excellent piece next to #kporzee or a replacement for him should he leave in free agency