costarica2, on 13 April 2012 - 07:08 AM, said:
Mike Conley got in Foul trouble is that simple OJ Mayo played alot of minutes defending Parker and Manu and it was to much to ask.
All those Pick Rolls with Manu don't happen with TA.
Everyone seems to forget that Mike was just as valuable as TA last year in the San Antonio series. He outplayed Tony Parker and even this game Mike atleast played him even when he was able to be on the court. His foul trouble was a huge disadvantage.
Ginobli and Duncan are the 2 that killed us and those two are very savy veterans that know how to go for the kill when they see blood. Gasol was frustrated and in foul trouble so Timmy wisely attacked him all game. OJ and Qpon are good defenders but impossible for them to stay with Manu a whole game. Also Spurs 3pt shooting was pretty good and we didnt have the range tonite.
Popovich game planed perfectly for us and he rested his starters as much as possible. Pop was trying to send a msg to our team that they arent afraid of us.
There are 2 reasons Zbo only had 9 attempts -
He isnt 100% not as quick
Spurs did everything to deny him touches and when he did he had to take rainbow jumpers. He rarely got anything in the paint. Also Spurs put long defenders on him to force him to pass.
I don't think Rudy had a bad game he was just defended well and didn't get foul calls as much as he should've when he attacked the basket. He and Gasol are the only two players on the team that can get their shot off against anyone. And Gasol is too passive so Rudy had to be the attacker. atleast 4 of Rudy's baskets should've been And1s.
To me Rudy has only one weakness left in his game that prevents him from being a Star is knowing how to recognize and pass out of double teams. Once he does that then he will be unguardable. His plays end in 1 on 3 so much because he doesnt recognize the trap in time and/or knows how to pass out so he relys on his athleticism to bail him out.
Zbo was so deadly in the Playoffs last year because he immediately found cutters and spotup shooters whenever he got trapped.