Posted 13 April 2013 - 03:05 PM
Fellow Grizz fans, we must remember that the game we won in LA was against the Clippers minus Caron Butler and Eric Bledsoe. Now Caron Butler doesnt scare me--not saying he isnt a good player-- but we didnt have to face EBledsoe.
EBledsoe is a freak of nature at times. He comes in with the 2nd unit and plays with CP3 on the floor some as well. I think he is something like all of 6 ft tall and he is a demon under the boards and I am literally afraid for Keyon Dooling if he has to face Bledsoe's top notch man to man defense.
Last year in the playoffs, Bledsoe singlehandedly was a wrecking crew for OJ Mayo when OJ was playing PG and giving Mike some rest. He hounded and hounded and hounded OJ rendering OJ useless and forcing turnovers and making us not be able to actually start our offense until 11-12 secs left on the shot clock.
JBay and Mike are going to have to score because you know Jamal Crawford and CP and Bledsoe are going to score.
Look for Vinny to put once again put a young, long, athletic defender on Zach who will pound, deny, beat up Zbo whenever possible. These type of guys are kryptonite for Zach these days.
Our main hope is that Marc exploits his matchup. Marc will have to be aggressive and we will need 18-25 pts from him to win. He has to either score or find the open cutter or shooter. If Marc has a bad game, it may not be pretty. The last time these guys visited FEF, they wiped the floor with us, called the dogs off late in the game and still won by almost 30.
Just being realistic here. Lets face it, they are the more talented team by far, but we have to play together and be focused and play defense. Defense may not win the game for us, we will have to score to do that, but good defense always gives you a chance.
By the way---"Austin Daye, paging Austin Daye---please bring your 'almost 50% from the 3pt line shot' to the game tonight and be prepared to use it repeatedly." It would seem to me that we will need to drain at least a few 3 pointers to negate the multitude of 3s that they will undoubtedly hit tonight.