Mavericks @ Suns Sunday Playoff game thread, R2, 5-15-2022 - Game 7

Finito

ASFN Icon
Joined
Oct 23, 2005
Posts
17,240
Reaction score
10,639
So now the coaching staff is lying about the adjustments for Game 6 and Game 7? My gosh. Occasionally double teaming him and making it a point in Game 6 and 7 is completely different. It came from the coaching staff's mouth but I guess in your mind you know better.

Book could have played better. No question. However, Paul was passing up shots and the Suns shot horribly overall. Book reverted back to old Point Book because he felt like had to do it all with how the rest of the team was playing. The Mavs were brilliant. Monty couldn't make the adjustment and played into the Mavs game plan. Point Book is a mess. We already know that. The Mavs evidently knew it too.

So your saying in the NBA talent doesn’t matter and you can scheme out great players?
 

82CardsGrad

7 x 70
Joined
Dec 31, 2004
Posts
34,558
Reaction score
5,601
Location
Scottsdale
If Booker can’t deal with a double team then he has business even being an all star.

You know how you stop that? By recognizing the double is coming and swinging the ball. Something this team was legitimately great at the last two years. Finding the open man and making the shot. To act like Booker just started getting doubled is ridiculous.

You have to make them pay for double teaming. We couldn’t we acted like we forgot how to play basketball, our shooters went ice cold and we were a turnover machine
Maybe he swung the ball... and NOBODY were able to hit a shot!
 

cheesebeef

ASFN IDOL
Supporting Member
Joined
Jan 2, 2003
Posts
76,948
Reaction score
38,079
Any criticism of the roster begins with CP3 and Mikal. CP3 the straw that stirs the drink for the offense. He literally played like a back up point guard towards the end. Mikal is supposed to be our Bruce Bowen on defense but looked overwhelmed and disinterested on both sides of the court. These two have clearly-defined roles and simply didn’t fulfill them.
No argument here. Both were disasters the majority of the series.
 

Covert Rain

Father smelt of elderberries!
Supporting Member
Joined
Jan 27, 2005
Posts
28,356
Reaction score
6,577
Location
Arizona
Maybe he swung the ball... and NOBODY were able to hit a shot!
Eddie Johnson is putting a bunch of this on Monty. No adjustments to free up Book after it was obvious they were not going to let Book beat them. Not trying to force the ball into Ayton down low. No counter to neutralizing Paul. Wow....Eddie is making it pretty clear where he places much of the blame. Holy crap!
 

TJ

Frank Kaminsky is my Hero.
Joined
Apr 2, 2005
Posts
31,289
Reaction score
14,387
Location
South Bay
Eddie Johnson is putting a bunch of this on Monty. No adjustments to free up Book. No trying to force the ball into Ayton down low. No counter to neutralizing Paul. Wow....Eddie is making it pretty clear. Holy crap!
Jason Kidd treated Monty like his ex-wife after Game 2. No bones about it.
 

Bufalay

ASFN Lifer
Joined
Jul 21, 2006
Posts
4,368
Reaction score
448
Just listening to Dallas radio (I know I am gluten for punishment). After Game 5 the Mavs made a huge adjustment. They felt that Booker was nullifying Luka. So, they felt if they could trap Booker every single time, he touched the ball that put all the pressure on the other guys they had a great chance. They didn't seem that worried about Paul, Ayton or our other role players. The felt the one player they had to shut down was Book.

So, take that for what it is. It's the ultimate respect for Book and a great gameplan that worked to a "T". That matches what the sideline reports said they heard the Mavs coaches saying, "anybody but Book". That was the plan and strategy by the Mavs. As a result, we were -19 and -41 respectively with Book on the floor after the adjustment.
This is what the Lakers did last year and the only reason it worked is because in both series the Suns were playing 4 on 5 on offense because there was something wrong with Paul.
 

Bufalay

ASFN Lifer
Joined
Jul 21, 2006
Posts
4,368
Reaction score
448
Does anyone remember how awesome the Suns looked during Monty's first month coaching the team? Then they lost like 20 games in a row, it was like they suddenly became a different team? This last month reminded me of that. It's the only time I'd ever seen such an inexplicable transformation.
 

UncleChris

Retirement Doesn't Suck
Supporting Member
Joined
Mar 24, 2003
Posts
27,287
Reaction score
10,037
Location
Prescott, AZ
Just listening to Dallas radio (I know I am gluten for punishment). After Game 5 the Mavs made a huge adjustment. They felt that Booker was nullifying Luka. So, they felt if they could trap Booker every single time, he touched the ball that put all the pressure on the other guys they had a great chance. They didn't seem that worried about Paul, Ayton or our other role players. The felt the one player they had to shut down was Book.

So, take that for what it is. It's the ultimate respect for Book and a great gameplan that worked to a "T". That matches what the sideline reports said they heard the Mavs coaches saying, "anybody but Book". That was the plan and strategy by the Mavs. As a result, we were -19 and -41 respectively with Book on the floor after the adjustment.
I think that's called, "Coaching."

Something I think we are sorely missing.....
 

UncleChris

Retirement Doesn't Suck
Supporting Member
Joined
Mar 24, 2003
Posts
27,287
Reaction score
10,037
Location
Prescott, AZ
Just listening to Dallas radio (I know I am gluten for punishment). After Game 5 the Mavs made a huge adjustment. They felt that Booker was nullifying Luka. So, they felt if they could trap Booker every single time, he touched the ball that put all the pressure on the other guys they had a great chance. They didn't seem that worried about Paul, Ayton or our other role players. The felt the one player they had to shut down was Book.

So, take that for what it is. It's the ultimate respect for Book and a great gameplan that worked to a "T". That matches what the sideline reports said they heard the Mavs coaches saying, "anybody but Book". That was the plan and strategy by the Mavs. As a result, we were -19 and -41 respectively with Book on the floor after the adjustment.

Yeah.... It reminds me of the 1975 NBA finals; Washington Bullets/Golden State Warriors. The Bullets were 60-22 on the season and appeared unbeatable. But in what was termed "Four Days in May," the Warriors beat them 4-0 in the series. They did it by simply swarming Elvin Hayes, the Bullets star player. There are videos of the game where Hayes was actually covered by 4 (not making that up) Warriors and one free rover for the rest of the court. It was hugely embarrassing for the Bullets but true coaching genius by the Warrior's head coach Al Attles.

Looks like Dallas went to school on that.
 

Phrazbit

ASFN Icon
Joined
Oct 10, 2011
Posts
16,018
Reaction score
5,392
What in the actual F happened from this point on?
-
xc_hide_links_from_guests_guests_error_hide_media

I think Paul's left hand is a ruin of torn tendons... again. His middle two fingers have been taped together for the last couple weeks. No idea when the injury initially happened, but he wasn't willing to do his dribbling, mid range, penetrations since game 2.
 

Phrazbit

ASFN Icon
Joined
Oct 10, 2011
Posts
16,018
Reaction score
5,392
I've been an Ayton defender, I think he has a ton of talent and I think his defense is going to be terribly missed if we trade him.

However... if the reports about last night are true, he has to go. I don't see how any of these guys can trust him in a big moment again. It really sucks.

If he is actually complaining about lacking motivation in his CONTRACT SEASON then they were 100% correct in being skeptical about giving him a big deal. A maddening player, he will acknowledge his failures at something like rebounding on game and the next he will snatch up 20 boards like it's nothing, he will talk about how he wasn't aggressive enough then the next game put up 18 on 9-9 shooting in the first half. But it never carries over to a level of consistency.

We better not lose him for nothing though, I'd rather have him stuck here for a year and him being pissed off about it and moping than letting him go for nothing.

Also, to be fair to Ayton, every single player on the team sucked ass last night. But most of them looked like they were caving to the pressure... Ayton looked like he didn't want to be there.

Dallas' strategy appeared to be to throw everyone at Booker, don't like him get even a hint of day light, play the passing lanes and dare the other Suns to beat them... and no one stepped up to the moment.

The role players spent the game passing up open threes so they could then blow a layup.

My head wants to explode.
 

Latest posts

Forum statistics

Threads
477,778
Posts
4,781,479
Members
6,157
Latest member
Mindlessfan
Top