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Based on how Booker sounds, it seems Beal will play Tuesday. He didn't mention KD by name but getting Beal back will be big. We should be able to stagger Beal and Book's minutes so one is on the court at all times.
 

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Based on how Booker sounds, it seems Beal will play Tuesday. He didn't mention KD by name but getting Beal back will be big. We should be able to stagger Beal and Book's minutes so one is on the court at all times.
Hope so. They need to develop some reps and chemistry. Plus having such a level of talent compensates for areas your GM didn't build a proper roster in (Defensive Length on the perimeter). It may take a few games but at the very least we should be more potent on both sides. Having that extra talent, also puts less pressure on Book to create, same for KD. This can then allow them to focus on defense.
 

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Based on how Booker sounds, it seems Beal will play Tuesday. He didn't mention KD by name but getting Beal back will be big. We should be able to stagger Beal and Book's minutes so one is on the court at all times.
The staggering does not seem to be working, it seems to me the team plays much better when both Book and KD are on the floor together, I feel like with just one of them we struggle to stay even with both we usually pull away.

I almost want a lineup that focuses on team basketball not getting it to a star with the way the double teams have messed us up this season.
 

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The staggering does not seem to be working, it seems to me the team plays much better when both Book and KD are on the floor together, I feel like with just one of them we struggle to stay even with both we usually pull away.

I almost want a lineup that focuses on team basketball not getting it to a star with the way the double teams have messed us up this season.

Book and KD have different skill sets while Booker and Beal overlap a lot more. I think staggering them will be much more effective due to how they're both combo guards that are capable of filling it up from anywhere. It also has to do with roster construction as a whole. When KD sits who is our PF? The drop off is huge. When we sit Booker or Beal we can plug in Gordon, Allen, or even Goodwin and whichever is left on the court, be it Beal or Booker, can take on the primary ball handler role.

We'll see what happens but I think we'll see more success staggering their time than KD and Book.
 

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Book and KD have different skill sets while Booker and Beal overlap a lot more. I think staggering them will be much more effective due to how they're both combo guards that are capable of filling it up from anywhere. It also has to do with roster construction as a whole. When KD sits who is our PF? The drop off is huge. When we sit Booker or Beal we can plug in Gordon, Allen, or even Goodwin and whichever is left on the court, be it Beal or Booker, can take on the primary ball handler role.

We'll see what happens but I think we'll see more success staggering their time than KD and Book.

I wish they would stagger but this staff has never staggered anyone. I thought we would try to balance lineups but we mostly go full offense. Since Beal has been out and a healthy Book KD combo, we have seen them go with Allen, Gordon, Book, KD and Nurk. I understand we have been shorthanded but we could have balanced some lineups so that we actually play defense, instead we have been trading offense for defense. That's the reason our defense has been meh and offense has been top 10.
 

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The staggering does not seem to be working, it seems to me the team plays much better when both Book and KD are on the floor together, I feel like with just one of them we struggle to stay even with both we usually pull away.

I almost want a lineup that focuses on team basketball not getting it to a star with the way the double teams have messed us up this season.
We do play best when we have two of the stars on the court at the same time. Once beal is back, if he’s fully back, and if the three stay healthy - the staggering can ensure that there are two of them on the court at the same time FOR THE ENTIRE GAME with 12 of those minutes having all 3 of them on the court at once. I suspect those minutes would be to start the game, to start the second half and the last four minutes to close the game.

If that’s the case we really don’t need a traditional pg. we need 3-d guys. It’s only when we are down to two stars available for a game where we miss having a traditional pg to set up the nonstars who aren’t high level shot creators.
 

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It's obviously impressive that he is this efficient with as poor the quality of his looks are, but it is concerning that we haven't been able to get him some better looks.
 
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