Years ago

perimeter defence

We're all throwing around theories on what the issue is with our team. Take a good Look at least 5 of our past 9 losses and our perimeter defence is horrible. This is apparently something which has been addressed but yet we still leave hot players WIDE open beyond the arc. Townsville x 2, Sydney, Perth and New Zealand have all torched us with bombs. Not alwaysa a high percentage but enough to give us 7 close losses where this was the difference. We could have easily have won 6 of our 9 past close losses with some perimeter pressure.

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Years ago

The on-ball D is decent, albeit susceptible to good screens.

Our close-outs on shooters, however, have been pathetic. Particularly in the corners.

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Years ago

Point exactly.

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Years ago

They just don't pass it to the corner - particularly the left corner. Just ask Scott K ... or CJ. If nothing else it would change the side/angle from which we attack, but it seldom if ever happens.

Another thing reinforced this afternoon is that very few 36ER players are prepared to accept responsibiity to actually shoot the ball. How many times did we have it in the paint, only to pass it, often under perssure, back to the perimeter, often resulting in a turnover instead of a shot?

Nor does the team look to run a fast break. Players jog into position ready to start a half-court set rather than run ahead of he ball and cut to the basket. At one stage we had a four on two and two players ran to and stood in the wing positions while the ball was passed back towards the half-way line. If nothing else a wing cut from either side would force the defence change position.

And don't start me on passing skills and decision-making.

If this was round one or two I might be optimistic, but really, some of this is under-age stuff!

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Years ago

They ran the break very well last week.

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Years ago

No excitement at all in the game today from our boys

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Years ago

Daly plays with heart and always creates. Should be getting more of cadres minutes because the guy cares about the club. After all this is the club he grew up dreaming about playing for.

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Years ago

This is a good thread. On an NBA broadcast recently they talked about how players shoot roughly 50% better on uncontested shots. If you watch Perth and NZ they are relentless at getting out to the shooters and Im sure that's a big part of their success.

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