I am not writing this to defend our coach, however I want to highlight our last game to defend a roster move that people complain about on an hourly basis around here. This is the utilization of James Posey, specifically during Monday’s game vs. the Clippers) . People rave about our small ball lineup with Danny at the 4 and Posey has essentially been utilized as a small ball 4 to facilitate a similar lineup.
In fact, you can see from the included info that Posey replaced granger and Dunleavy the two times he entered the game. Small ball has been what has helped our offense recently. Griffin torched us Monday, but not against James Posey.
5:18 James Posey enters the game for Danny Granger 64-71
8:19 Jeff Foster enters the game for James Posey 88-91
5:26 James Posey enters the game for Mike Dunleavy 92-102
2:15 Darren Collison makes driving layup 104-107
0:00 End of the 4th Quarter 107-114
When Posey entered the game for the first time (5:18 remaining in the third quarter) the score was pacers 64 clippers 71. When Posey left the game (8:19 remaining in the 4rth) we trailed 88-91. During the three minutes Posey was the clippers lead grew to 102-92. Why wouldn’t you bring Posey back? After bringing Posey back in (5:26 remaining) we shrunk the deficit to 3 at 104-107(2:15 remaining). I am trying to use this analysis to show that there are concrete reasons to believe Posey is an effective small ball 4 who deserves just a little respect. In the game I am analyzing, while Posey was on the floor we outscored them 39-32. I am making the argument that utilizing James Posey is not always a bad move.