Boti gets stuck into Sixers today
Bit more depressing than inspiring, unfortunately and the only solution offered is for Smyth to pick seven players and run with them.
The 36ers steadily have become the western equivalent of the town drunk, lurching from hitching rail to saloon post as their season has staggering irrevocably toward legendary cemetery Boot Hill.The article body is online, Wanted: Sixers with passion commitment and intensity, but there's no sign of the player-by-player breakdown found in the printed version of The Advertiser today.
In that, for each player, he did a good/bad/ugly, and it was fairly ugly.
Here are my thoughts (and I was saying this to Boti yesterday):
- there's no fighter in the team. I don't mean someone like Copes talking trash, I mean someone like Cattalini who would've gone straight to Abney after the Hill foul. Who doubles in strength and ability, Hulk-style, when the pressure is on. We've seen some glimmers of it from Farley (especially that Breakers game, which I will never forget), but that's it.
- our defensively-oriented players (err, all of Nash and Coops) are usually offensive liabilities. Coops looks to have worked on a jumpshot from range over the off-season and gives it a go, but it's just not sticking reliably. They're more like Ben Castle than Brad Sheridan. As Boti said, if Smyth runs with Sutton, Nash, off-night Copes and Coops, that's 80% of an on-court roster that is not a big threat to the scoreboard. How are other teams beating us on this? Going after or consistently retaining players who get it done at both ends - Mackinnon, Saville, Powell, MacDonald, Ingles, Holmes, a few of the young Kings, etc.
- I know this is true for a lot of players, but there is a chasm between the best- and worst-case scenarios for most guys on the team and Boti's highlighted this with the good/bad/ugly theme. Once teams regularly identify the key to knocking each player out of their game, things won't get any easier. Once the team stops playing together, the less-offensively-minded players aren't going to score one-on-one and suddenly we're playing a harder hand.
And if you have to pick just seven of the current ten, who stays on the bench?