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Who or what is at fault for the defensive collapse that has occurred over the previous 8-10 games

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  • Who or what is at fault for the defensive collapse that has occurred over the previous 8-10 games

    I have my strong beliefs but I would be interested in seeing what others have to say. I obviously believe it is the scheme but it could be the players or it could be some combination thereof.

    Basketball isn't played with computers, spreadsheets, and simulations. ChicagoJ 4/21/13

  • #2
    Teams are so good at analyzing their opponents and how to best beat them that it finally comes down to talent. Now with that being said I believe the Pacers are so stuck with one kind of defense
    that teams know exactly how to attack it. No mysteries from the Pacers. On the other hand you have Toronto using all kinds of defenses. Zones of various kinds etc.
    If I had to put blame in % I would say it is 60% coaching and 40% players. As far as players Malcolm and Lamb are two weak links. Neither moves well laterally and their man drives into the paint
    around them like they are not there more often than not.


    • #3
      Combination of players, scheme and coaching decisions, in my opinion. I completely agree with your previous posts about how Burke badly needs to adjust his defensive methodology to the modern NBA offensive trend of 3-point shooting and rim runs. Until that happens, we are simply going to continue to struggle when teams shoot reasonably well against us (i.e. most nights). Do I expect that to happen anytime soon? Nope. He did make a token effort with the few brief glimpses of a 1-2-2 zone last night, but it was mostly window dressing.

      Brogdon and Lamb largely acting like turnstiles on the perimeter the past month or so have only greatly exasperated the problem. Over-rotations kill us time and time again when we try to help and then help the helper and what not and those two are frequently the chief culprits at the beginning of the play. Our bigs having to guard on the perimeter also causes this chain reaction a good deal. Regardless of who is to blame, the end result is far too frequently an open three and/or long offensive rebound for the opponent.

      Hopefully, moving to the second unit will give Jeremy an easier go of it. Malcom should basically never guard the opposing team's point guard. He's actually quite effective at guarding wings and we should take advantage of that, rather than let his slow feet cause so many problems for the team defense.
      Last edited by 712Jefferson; 02-11-2020, 04:23 PM.


      • #4
        Question maybe someone can answer this. Does Nate or any of the coaching staff look at analytics? Many coaches look at analytics and I remember a coach left a player open on one side of the floor because he shot below 30% on that side from three. I forgot who it was but I think it was Kerr who did that.


        • #5
          Looking at the stats, there appear to be at least a few correlations the last 7 games. First, TJ McConnell and Doug McDermott's minutes are generally down, mostly dropping under 20mpg while previously above 20mpg. . Dipo is back. TJ Warren has been out. He's not been rebounding well of late with the exception of 1 game.

          Finally, the last game we won Myles Turner was out.


          • #6
            twin towers killed us...or should i say twin tower (made of soft soap bubbles )


            • #7
              I think it is the scheme and the personnel.

              Most teams in the NBA today will have one mobile big and 4 shooters that usually have length and athleticism. We aren't quick enough to get out and cover the 3 point line on a consistent basis. In the past our theory has been to let guys shoot the 3 and if they drive, force them to the middle where we have a rim protector. The problem now is that guys are improving their 3 point shooting. Just look at us, we have 3 guys shooting over 40% from 3. If we let our opponents shoot the 3, they usually hit it. If we try to get out to them, they are either athletic enough to get past us or we try to force them to the middle. Sabonis is not a shot blocker and when Sabonis and Turner are in the game together, they sometimes get in each others way.

              I like Sabonis and Turner and I think offensively they can be good together, however, I think we get hurt more defensively then we are helped offensively. We need to move one of them this summer. We also need to find guys that are more athletic and can hit the 3.

              Now having said all of that, our defensive scheme is outdated. As I mentioned before, we have either pretty much let guys shoot the 3 or forced them to the middle where a rim protector can help. When there are 4 athletic guys on the floor that can hit 38% or higher from 3, we have to be right up on them. We need to adjust our defense, especially if we are going to move Myles in the summer and make Sabonis our starting Center...which since he is an all-star, that would be the logical move.


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                • #9
                  Lamb is incredibly lazy on defense, he always goes for that little poke away from behind which works well in pick up, not so much at NBA level.


                  • #10
                    Blame Myles but seriously look at this on the play Joe Harris hit the three


                    • #11
                      Starting back court play has been the biggest issue but there are others - mainly effort. Brogdon has either been out or a net negative when playing and Vic is still shaking off the rust and has been ineffective. If we get good contributions in each game from either 1 of these 2, we're probably looking at 3 or 4 wins in the last 7. Rebounding is going to continue to be an issue for this team - we have 2 above-average rebounders (Vic in past years and Domas) and that's it. Defense has been sub-par but I see lack of effort as the main culprit; although, I see our scheme as part of the problem as well. Effort can mask a lot of the defensive problems. I also don't believe you can afford to sit Myles as much due to teams' driving without consequence. I think there's a direct correlation to FTA disparity that is partially due to this but I don't have any numbers to back it up. Teams are simply not afraid to drive on a front line featuring Domas and JHoliday/McDermott - chances are better that they will end up getting a layup or fouled or kick it out for an uncontested 3.


                      • #12
                        It's clear as day. Our guards/wings, no matter who it is cannot keep the defender in front of them. Brogdon has been horrid. Lamb, Warren, McConnell, McDermott and even Oladipo are just getting blown by right now. Justin Holiday's the only one doing much of anything in that regards, but even he looked lost at times last night. You can't just rely on Turner to protect the rim because half the time he comes over to challenge the shot, it leaves a wide open rebound putback which we saw numerous times from DeAndre Jordan last night.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by P_George View Post
                          It's clear as day. Our guards/wings, no matter who it is cannot keep the defender in front of them. Brogdon has been horrid. Lamb, Warren, McConnell, McDermott and even Oladipo are just getting blown by right now. Justin Holiday's the only one doing much of anything in that regards, but even he looked lost at times last night. You can't just rely on Turner to protect the rim because half the time he comes over to challenge the shot, it leaves a wide open rebound putback which we saw numerous times from DeAndre Jordan last night.
                          See you are 100% correct about this, however here is the question. Is this by design or is this because they are incapable. It has been previously stated by many within the org. that the primary defensive mindset is to have the guard/wings direct their player to the rim protector hopefully forcing a bad shot. Is this still the problem or have the guards just gotten so bad that they are allowing penetration that they are not supposed to.

                          I'm not 100% convinced either way.

                          Basketball isn't played with computers, spreadsheets, and simulations. ChicagoJ 4/21/13


                          • #14
                            Funneling as a philosophy for defense? Horrible idea with the way teams shoot the three


                            • #15
                              Myles has played 224 out of 485 minutes the last 10 games, or an average of 22 minutes per game. We are not the same team when he isn’t on the floor, it is really that simple.