Suns @ Cavaliers Tuesday game thread 5-4-2021

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Booker would rather miss the game-winning shot than have a teammate make it. It's a serious attitude problem.

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Seriously though, I agree. His idolization of Kobe really haunts him here in the clutch. Kobe's "clutch" game was not one to emulate. Statistically... he stunk. You look at Kobe in playoff buzzer beater moments and you can find more clips of his teammates tipping in his airball than one can find him winning a game.

The moment doesn't scare Booker... and that is a good thing, but I wish it extended itself to him knowing that a 21 foot, off balance, doubled teamed, jumper is not as good of a shot as a teammate having an uncontested corner 3.
 

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#MambaMentality

Seriously though, I agree. His idolization of Kobe really haunts him here in the clutch. Kobe's "clutch" game was not one to emulate. Statistically... he stunk. You look at Kobe in playoff buzzer beater moments and you can find more clips of his teammates tipping in his airball than one can find him winning a game.

The moment doesn't scare Booker... and that is a good thing, but I wish it extended itself to him knowing that a 21 foot, off balance, doubled teamed, jumper is not as good of a shot as a teammate having an uncontested corner 3.
He (or someone) has to dribble the clock out. Everyone on the court (and stands, and at home) knows it. He passed it to CP3 with 10 seconds or so left and CP3 passed it right back. He didn't dribble into double-teams, they came sprinting at him. He went to the corner (farthest from the opponents hoop) but Mikal was there and just stood there - didn't move. So now Booker has three guys on him, and Mikal. It sucked for sure but what else would you like? A pass to Ayton? Hell no. A pass to CP3? He did. A pass to Cam? Would be crosscourt. Gets picked off and we are even more upset. Again, it sucked but met 67% of the goal - exhaust the clock and get the last shot. He didn't make it and rarely does, but the worst didn't happen - a TO and points the other way.
 

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Booker was lucky to just have barely grazed the rim. If not, there would have been a bit of time left for a miracle shot.

We had a full 24 seconds to work with and the best thing we can think of is to have Booker dribble the entire shot clock away and shoot a fading corner 3?

It has been and still is so predictable. Teams are ready for it and know whats coming. Are we afraid to set a pick because they'll double booker? Well they're going to do that anyway. At least runs some baseline action. Even when in non crunch time situations, booker hasn't handled double teams well.

At this point i'd settle for an Ayton 10 foot fadeaway.
 

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#MambaMentality

Seriously though, I agree. His idolization of Kobe really haunts him here in the clutch. Kobe's "clutch" game was not one to emulate. Statistically... he stunk. You look at Kobe in playoff buzzer beater moments and you can find more clips of his teammates tipping in his airball than one can find him winning a game.

The moment doesn't scare Booker... and that is a good thing, but I wish it extended itself to him knowing that a 21 foot, off balance, doubled teamed, jumper is not as good of a shot as a teammate having an uncontested corner 3.
I was shocked at two things with that shot last night:

1) being double teamed all the way at the top of the key there seemed to ZERO plan for any other player to flash open. The other four players were effectively being guarded by three players. That’s a monty issue.

2) when it became apparent that Booker was just going to dribble around with a wall in front of him no one moved. Bridges remained in place allowing book to dribble his two defenders right over to him, essentially creating three defender wall right in front of the two of them.

it was a starkly disappointing sequence to end regulation.
 

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He (or someone) has to dribble the clock out. Everyone on the court (and stands, and at home) knows it. He passed it to CP3 with 10 seconds or so left and CP3 passed it right back. He didn't dribble into double-teams, they came sprinting at him. He went to the corner (farthest from the opponents hoop) but Mikal was there and just stood there - didn't move. So now Booker has three guys on him, and Mikal. It sucked for sure but what else would you like? A pass to Ayton? Hell no. A pass to CP3? He did. A pass to Cam? Would be crosscourt. Gets picked off and we are even more upset. Again, it sucked but met 67% of the goal - exhaust the clock and get the last shot. He didn't make it and rarely does, but the worst didn't happen - a TO and points the other way.
What else would I like? For monty to draw up a play that accounts for the double. It means someone has to be relatively open.
 

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What else would I like? For monty to draw up a play that accounts for the double. It means someone has to be relatively open.

That is more reasonable than piling on Booker, like some have.

Monty doesn't seem like an X's and O's coach to me. Not sure who on the staff is but that's something that should be addressed.
 

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I think the end of game plays is mostly a coaching issue. Monty appears to prefer giving Booker the ball and either let him take the shot or run the time off the clock. Whoever has the ball is going to be doubled. The situation was made worse last night because Booker got trapped in the corner.

The real problem is the Suns do not trust anyone else running time off the clock and executing a last second shot other than Booker. Chris Paul or Cam Payne might be other options.

In any regard, I think the play should be initiated at the top of the key because there are more options.
 

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Bridges peaking during the playoffs would be huge. He just seems to have a confidence this year he didn't have before.
 

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Bridges peaking during the playoffs would be huge. He just seems to have a confidence this year he didn't have before.
It’s like a baby doe figuring out how to run. His speed has surprised me. And he just looks so much more fluid now. Amazing what confidence can do in allowing a player to play by instinct instead of having to think so much.
 
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It’s like baby die figuring out how to run. His speed has surprised me. And he just looks so much more fluid now. Amazing what confidence can do in allowing a player to play by instinct instead of having to think so much.

Bridges is deceptively quick. I don't know how many games this season I have seen him drive to the basket or shoot a lane and wonder where the hell he came from.
 

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Bridges is deceptively quick. I don't know how many games this season I have seen him drive to the basket or shoot a lane and wonder where the hell he came from.

It helps that he has a 7'1" wingspan as well. He's one of the rare cases of a young player with a huge wingspan that knows how to use it.
 

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Bridges is deceptively quick. I don't know how many games this season I have seen him drive to the basket or shoot a lane and wonder where the hell he came from.

It also helps when he drives to the basket on the fast break he frequently breaks to the basket laterally instead of running straight down the court. Defenses lose track of him.
 

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@Covert Rain

This is an example. It's almost like running a post pattern in football.

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