Bretts the man - while I agree with most fo what you said, Ervin's tendency for solo play was not a problem yesterday. He played 25 minutes and took 9 shots of the team's 71. Compare that to 30 minutes per game taking 14 of the team's 73 shots per game across the season. What else was missing from his game yesterday? 1 assist vs 5 per game across the season. Offensively, the 36ers looked lost after the first quarter, as witnessed by the 10 assists for the game.
The real problem yesterday was playing the team that takes the highest proportion of its shots from outside the 3 point line and hits them 36% of the time, then deciding not to defend them out there. A secondary problem was Wollongong's defensive strategy of doing the same thing to Adelaide, knowing that Adelaide doesn't have an effective outside game.
Interestingly, the team that is second most reliant on its three point shooting is Perth (37% of shots from 3 pt territory and hitting 39%) and the third most reliant on the three is Melbourne (36% of their shots and hitting 34%). Given we'll be playing both of those teams next weekend, any guesses what they'll have taken from the Wollongong game?
Have to agree about Frye. I'd been giving him the benefit of the doubt (the early ankle injury etc.), waiting (and hoping) for him to break out and become a go-to player in offence or become the lock-down defender Adelaide lacks. But he's not done either of those things and it's getting a bit late for that to happen.