I think my thoughts mirror a lot of what has already been posted, but here goes anyhow.
- Horvath can score in the post at a very good clip whenever he gets it. Unlike Dusty, he can create his own shot with his back to the basket, is a great screener & gets good seals. Credit Sydney's D for adjusting in the 2nd half, but also discredit Adelaide for just not even looking at him in the 2nd half.
- Maher is still the heart & soul of the team. The last minute errors notwithstanding, he was our best player, and the only one who looked likely to really break the game open.
- I'm over Farley. 1 Q of making some shots doesn't cut it, and considering he's near on invisible if the balls not in his hands, he's not much value, IMO. The 6ers run virtually no sets on offence (another bone to pick with Smyth) and whenever Farley gets the ball, it's either 1) staying in his hands for 5+ seconds or 2) headed towards to rim. That doesn't bode well for motion offences.
- Mastro & Nash were both good I thought. Nash is always going to give 100% and he got on the boards. Mastro hit some shots & did a few nice things, though I think he travels every time he catches it.
- Copes getting 24 minutes is a disgrace. Enough said.
- Ng has improved his consistency since his last stint. He's now *very* reliable anytime he gets his feet set. Still gets abused defensively though, and just can't play in crunch time.
- Cooper was OK, I thought. Did OK on the boards, hit a long range J. Probably can't expect much more from him.
- Smyth needed a TO either after Kendall's three, or after EJs two. He had two left, so there's absolutely no excuse for not calling one. I get the feeling that perhaps his chair is just *too* comfortable, and he can't be bothered getting out of it to call the TO. I fail to see any other reason why he wouldn't? He's also way to slow to make adjustments & his persistence in following/trailing through off ball screens despite certain players hitting 3's just shows a lack of flexibility.
- I actually thought Kendall ran them reasonably well. Shot selection is still a concern, but overall, I thought he was quite good.
- Worthington was just a match up problem for the 6ers. Too quick when playing the 4 spot when the 6ers tried guarding him with Cooper (well, for all by one play, that is...) and too big when playing the 3 spot against Copeland/Nash.
- EJ reminds me of David Bailey. Doesn't appear to have great mechanics on his shot, and didn't really threaten from the outside, but just waltzed around Farley anytime he pleased, though that may not be saying too much.
- I think Elliot is probably exactly what Goorj is looking for, in that he's a pure scorer. Whilst he played nearly exclusively outside tonight, from earlier reports, he also has a nice mid range & post game, so I'm sure he's going to be good to knock a casual 20 or so nearly every game.
You have to credit Sydney for not giving up, executing down the stretch and making the adjustments when required. Still, thewy were mighty lucky to get out of Adelaide with a win.
I don't think this game has particularly changed my view on either team. Still see Sydney falling somewhere between 4th & 6th, and Adelaide in a broader range, from 5th to 8th or 9th.