Well, OK, two observations other than the Hawks game was a matter of "who sucks least"...
OFFENSE: I tried very hard to watch the ball and player movement tonight to figure out why our shooting is so abysmal.
I think I understand - we have no decent passers.
Passes end up either above the shoulders, at the knees, or to the side at 3/4 arm length. All of these mean that there is no chance the shooter can get the ball in rhythm.
Trying to force a rhythm, leads to missed shots. Trying to decide what else to do with the ball leads to challenged passes and shots because the defense gets in position.
I begin to think that this tarnishes our PG abilities (though they are still head and shoulders above having an injured one). It also explains why Diener adds so much to the game - he has the ability to get a pass to the player in the right place. Unfortunately, by the time he is in the game, we've already lost our rhythm completely and it is hard to recover.
When Travis is at full health, I'd not be averse to having him start a game or two to see what happens when they get in rhythm early.
DEFENSE: An element of JOB's defense that has always been controversial has been his desire to defend the paint 100% at the cost of defending the perimeter. Early in the season, we seemed to have a handle on keeping the perimeter covered even while denying the lane. Recently, though (epitomized by the horrible decision to leave Joe Johnson wide open at the 3), we've fallen into the habit of playing position (get into or back into the lane on defense) rather than player. I saw more defenders turn and run away from the ball handler tonight than I have all season, all in the name of stopping a drive or pass but all resulting in an open shot.
Is the team so concerned about playing help defense that they are losing sight of their own man? If so, is this coaching or player problems?