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  1. Everett

    JV career playoff stats...starter or role player?

    People believe what they want. Nobody has the personnel to constantly show on the high PNR because it strains your D and forces guys to give lots of effort to rotate/recover as you basically start with all 5 defenders on the perimeter while the screener starts rolling into the paint unchecked. You can maybe do it in spurts, but it's not a viable strategy for a whole game. Even teams that play small are still more likely to use switching more than showing because it is less difficult to execute and less exhausting. You want to have defensive schemes that minimize movement and the ground guys have to cover.
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    What price would you put on Jarrett Allens afro?

    It doesn't really flow well with the fact that he still would have been a Restricted free agent, so instead of him basically being a throw in to a trade they weren't in a bidding war to get done in the first place, they could have possibly used him to help restock some assets after gutting their draft pick. Heck, they could have signed and traded him for cash, a protected 1st and a 2nd rounder. So yeah, I don't buy the money saving argument at all. It would not have impacted their finances this year, and they could have had the freedom to reassess going into the offseason. Throw in that they are currently attempting a deep playoff run and can sell near-capacity crowds at possibly the most expensive prices of any team still in the playoffs, and they probably stand to lose a lot less than most teams this year since playoffs are very lucrative. If they win a ring and go back into next year with full capacity crowds, then yes, they likely could afford to keep him and wouldn't need to worry about money at all.
  3. Everett

    What price would you put on Jarrett Allens afro?

    They can afford whatever they want in a market like that if they're good. Brooklyn can pay 200+ million a year counting luxury tax if they're winning rings and still be profitable. Plus, Allen is a RFA so they could have forced someone to at least compensate through sign and trade in the offseason. Instead they basically dumped him in a move where they had no reason to. He's better than all the bigs they have and still very young. Houston didn't want players, only picks. They were tanking. It's still surprising things unfolded how they did, but it still all comes down to Brooklyn giving up way more than they needed to get Harden.
  4. Everett

    What price would you put on Jarrett Allens afro?

    I still can't believe Brooklyn traded this guy. There were really no other teams bidding on Harden, and they somehow ended up trading away Allen, LeVert and Prince on top of the million draft picks they gave up/swapped. I know they don't care that much, because they have their big 3, but it still reeks of poor negotiating. Yeah, don't see why Cleveland lets him walk. He was the reason they got involved in the trade talks.
  5. Everett

    Why No Love?????

    You always run into guys like LeBron, but it's not JV's fault if you can't beat them. Raptors were trying to showcase DeMar DeRozan as their top player, though everyone knew Lowry was their best player. Neither DeMar nor Lowry are near good enough to be the best player on a championship team.
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    Why No Love?????

    I wouldn't even put it that way. That makes it sounds like he couldn't possibly start or play a prominent role on a contender or champion. I don't think that's true. This team is nowhere near ready to contend at a higher level. Hopefully the experience helps accelerate the development of Ja and some others. You are partly right in the sense that JV helped get this team back into the playoffs faster than expected. He's a quality starter in this league and he's probably a top 10 true big. You definitely need a stretch/mobile big on your roster as well, but unfortunately Jaren is not looking good and that's totally unsurprising as he's still a young player and raw talent coming off a long absence, and neither Tillman nor Clarke look like good fits in this series. In a perfect world, if Jaren hadn't had injuries and was on the hoped development path, his and JV's minutes would basically be roughly flipped in this series.
  7. Everett

    Why No Love?????

    People need to chill with JV. He's not supposed to be the 2nd best player on a contender, which is what Memphis would have to be to beat a team like Utah right now. At least a borderline contender. His ideal fit is 3rd/4th option on the court, on a team that has a great playmaker and enough shooters to keep some space open when they run the pnr. I hate to break it to everyone, but if you had 4 shooters around JV of the same calibre that Utah puts out there with Gobert, Gobert would look bad on D too, as he doesn't come out to trap the ballhandler, but Morant and our other ballhandlers aren't good enough pull up shooters to force an adjustment. Having a more mobile guy would probably not help, as any little bit you gain on the perimeter, you lose more inside. Trying to show and trap above the 3pt line is a high-risk strategy as you're giving up the space in the middle of your D. So if the ball or ballhandler get loose, your D is basically scrambling to recover. You can't do that more than in short spurts anyway, as even small guys would exhaust quickly in that kind of strategy. Utah has 2 elite pnr ballhandlers, who both shoot over 38% (over 41% in Conley's case), and the other 2 guys are likely going to be in the high 30-low 40s in 3% as well. The only guy from their perimeter rotation who shoots below 38% is Clarkson. That more likely explains why in the last couple of games, the bench has made a couple of small runs, and only a couple, when JV is on the bench. Probably has more to do with Utah not having Conley and/or Mitchell out there for stretches
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    Utah Jazz @ Memphis Grizzlies 5/29/31

    It wouldn't hurt if someone other than Ja was a quality playmaker on the perimeter. Dillon has done a good job scoring, but he's kind of a black hole and doesn't really help the overall team rhythm on offense. He can't consistently create good looks for himself or others, but if he gets rolling he can get you 20-30 pts. Still, he's attempted 64 shots and only has 5 assists. That's not encouraging. The ball movement is way down compared to the regular season. Too much to just chalk it up to playoff basketball.
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    Utah Jazz @ Memphis Grizzlies 5/29/31

    it's because Jaren played well for a short stretch in the 4th so it's just recency bias. They forget that he was mostly bad for pretty much the entire rest of the game. Jonas also had a good stretch at the start of the 3rd. They have to find a way to involve him because he still is the best matchup for Gobert. A big reason they won game 1 was that despite their numbers not being that different, Memphis was winning the minutes where JV and Gobert were matched up. Of course, Donovan Mitchell wasn't playing and that helps. Conley also shooting 3-11 from deep instead of 7-10 helps. The problem with going small to defend the pnr is that you have to be able to win playing small beyond that. The Grizzlies got a few stops and shot well for a short stretch and got back in the game, but the Grizzlies are not a good shooting team and the Jazz are one of the best. So are you going to outshoot them? How are you keeping Gobert off the glass? And how are you generating shots for your below average shooting team when the biggest strength of your offense all year was the Ja/JV pnr game? Can you turn over the other team constantly? Because basically any time they get up a shot Gobert will have an advantage and you'll have to gang rebound like crazy, making it hard to run...
  10. Everett

    Utah Jazz @ Memphis Grizzlies 5/29/31

    I mean, they shot out of their minds, especially Conley. Again, if not for a few really bad fouls, the Grizzlies could have won this even with Conley shooting 7-10 from deep.
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    Utah Jazz @ Memphis Grizzlies 5/29/31

    If they cut his minutes, Gobert will eat them alive on the offensive glass. JV isn't going to dominate the series, but while he's out there, Gobert has a much harder time being much of a factor. Gobert has to pay attention to him as an offensive and rebounding threat, and won't be able to just get offensive rebounds. The perimeter battle can't be dependent on who you have at C, whether that guy is mobile or not. The Grizzlies need to figure out how they're going to defend Conley and Mitchell at the point of attack without giving up the easy dump off/alley oop to Gobert or easy kickouts to their shooters...unfortunately, no one really figured that out this season and that's why Utah had the best record in the league.
  12. Everett

    Utah Jazz @ Memphis Grizzlies 5/29/31

    Yup, and Utah has too many shooters, so you also can't cheat or play zone too much to try and close off the driving lane to the ballhandler. They're just a good team.
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    Utah Jazz @ Memphis Grizzlies 5/29/31

    That's the part that's frustrating. The margin is small enough that if you just take out most of the dumb fouls, this could have ended a Grizzlies win even with the individual mistakes made on either end.
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    Utah Jazz @ Memphis Grizzlies 5/29/31

    Well, that's too bad. That was a bad close to the game after fighting their way back into it.
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    Utah Jazz @ Memphis Grizzlies 5/29/31

    So, there are obviously multiple issues here, but seriously, if you just took out the really bad fouls by Brooks, Jackson, and some random ones by other guys, would the score basically be flipped?