Booker Question

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  1. AzStevenCal

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    I don't think you get to that level without having a very healthy ego but IMO winning is the most important thing to him. I'm sure he's still young enough to forget that for a moment now and then, like when he goes too far with a referee, but I'm confident that winning is paramount. You'd think that would be the case with all of them but we know it isn't.
     
  2. Ouchie-Z-Clown

    Ouchie-Z-Clown I'm better than Mulli!

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    I agree. But his ego may be such that he believes only he can win the game.
     
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    Up until this year though he was the only one who could be trusted with the ball when the game is on the line. I think he'd be willing to defer to CP3 but I don't think Paul is that interested in being The Man with the game on the line anymore. He came here to be second fiddle to Booker not take things over entirely.
     
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    Well, that's probably true (that he believes it).
     
  5. Ouchie-Z-Clown

    Ouchie-Z-Clown I'm better than Mulli!

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    That’s just it, there’s no need to have anyone take over if that’s not how your team is successful. That’s just reverting back to hero ball. Run your offense.
     
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    The Jazz are very successful playing as a team within their structure. But even they resort to hero-ball with Mitchell (or Mitchell does it despite the plan) at the end of close games. On their forums they also lament Mitchell hero-ball.
     
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    On April 7th and 30th the Jazz visit so we will get another look at Mitchell and Booker side by side soon enough.
     
  8. Ouchie-Z-Clown

    Ouchie-Z-Clown I'm better than Mulli!

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    It’s really something I don’t understand. I get it if you have Lebron James. I also get it if your offense is outta sync. But if your offense is working, just keep rolling with it through the end of the game.
     
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    It's because of the fear of media/fan backlash. If your normal offense produces a shot for a lesser player and he doesn't deliver, everyone's going to say "Why did you draw up the play for so and so?"
     
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    I get that, but would think hood coaches coach to win, not to avoid potential fan backlash.
     
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    They want to remain employed, most of all.

    It's the same with riding or "shutting down" hot hands. The data confirm that there's no such thing as a hot hand. The streaks that we see are in the same category as long runs of heads or tails that you'd get once in a while by flipping a coin. But fans are so committed to the hot hand concept that it has to be treated like a real phenomenon. It's a meta-strategy of managing second guessers, rather than a base-level strategy of doing what's best for the actual game.
     
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  12. CardsSunsDbacks

    CardsSunsDbacks Not So Skeptical

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    I don't see how a hot streak of shooting is similar to flipping a coin. You have a lot more control over shooting a basketball than you do flipping a coin. Hot streaks in shooting have a lot to do with being in rhythm (more so than normal) and just having a good feel of how to release the ball every time. That being said forcing the ball to the hot hand could also just cause that guy to fall out of rhythm because he might start forcing shots.

    The bigger issue is sending a guy to the bench for a long time when he had it rolling when he was on the floor. That is something that Monty needs to be better at.
     
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    There are players that shoot well in a particular game and not in other games. It can relate to a player's confidence or them not seeing the basket well. It happens.

    For example in the Hornets game one wouldn't want Crowder (0-9) or Cam Johnson (0-6) shooting threes in a close game down the stretch.

    I think there is such a thing as shooting streaks where averages tell a different story than a single game performance.
     
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    Although that is all potentially true, statistical analysis has shown that a given player is not any more likely to make or miss his next shot depending on what his immediate past performance has been.
     
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    CardsSunsDbacks Not So Skeptical

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    Do we have statistical analysis that compares the next shot after making say 3 straight vs missing 3 straight? I would find it hard to believe that the FG% isn't higher for the 4th shot of a player that has made the last 3 vs missed the last 3. Especially if we are talking about 3s.
     

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