“We switched coverages. We did different things. We made some adjustments. We have to get back to controlling the game from a points standpoint.” - Vinny Del Negro
Amen and Amen. It’s great fun to see Ben Gordon pouring in shots and putting up some gaudy point totals. It’s fun to watch Salmons and his crafty scoring. To watch Brad Miller hit mid-range jumpers. But no team deserves to win a game where they allow 90 points in just 3 quarters, as the Bulls did against the Raptors on Sunday.
Quick aside- if ever any team needed a no-nonsense, kick ‘em in the pants coach it’s the Raptors. They play some beautiful basketball but have no grit or defensive determination.
Back to the Bulls, this is why I harp on Ben Gordon. In order to improve their defense, it’s likely going to have to come at the 2 guard slot. Rose isn’t going anywhere at point and Hinrich in the hybrid role is a solid defender. Deng and Salmons will manage the 3. Thomas, Noah and Miller will man the front court.
So it comes down to BG. Salmons could play the 2 with Deng hopefully healthy and his old self at the 3 next year. I don’t think Deng is as good as he’s hyped to be as a defender, but he is light years ahead of Gordon in that department.
What do you think?
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