G6 CHA @SAS PostGame Thread

Hornets was steam-rolled by the mighty Spurs in a 94-114 loss.

They were competitive until the Spurs made a 22-5 run to close the 3rd quarter, turning a tie game 71-71 to 76-93. Manu Ginobili made triple 3s in this run.

Jeremy Lin still hasn’t regained his shooting touch but did the right thing to attack the rim. He finished with 12pts/2a/3r/2tos/2pfs. Unfortunately, he only made 3-6 FTs after hitting 95% FT average in the season.

JLin had the right mindset to be aggressive to score when he checked in but as the game went on, he wasn’t the primary playmaker. The 2nd unit looked disorganized in offense and much worse in defensive assignments.

Jeremy Lamb was clearly given the green light to continue his hot-shooting and even the playmaker.
Hawes and Lamb clearly were not a playmaker, combining for 4TOs with 0 assists.

Either Coach Clifford or the Front Office wanted to experiment to give Lamb free reign after the contract extension. His loose defense and lack of playmaking will eventually hold him back this season so he can do what’s best for him as a shooter and sometimes a slasher.

There are too many ball-handlers and playmakers in this new team and things are very chaotic. Kemba played very well finishing with 27pts/4a in 11-15 shooting. We should see more Kemba/Lin/Batum but things have gone sideways since JLamb hot shooting and contract extension.

It remains a mystery how long Lamb will be given free reign as the playmaker, especially in the 2nd unit.
Things are not looking up as JLin is supposedly the main playmaker for the 2nd unit.
Lin would need to get his shooting touch back since it seems Coach Clifford will reward the top scorer as the top playmaker.
And JLin can’t fall into the trap of over-facilitating to help his teammates get going since NBA team will quickly take away his role as a playmaker when he stops scoring. He made 1-2 mistakes leaving Patty Mills open for 3s to help with interior defense which JLin can be prone to do at times. Mills had the Finals experience to hit big 3s so he should never be left alone for help with team defense.

Lin would need to get his shooting touch back since it seems Coach Clifford will reward the top scorer as the top playmaker.

And JLin can’t fall into the trap of over-facilitating to help his teammates get going since NBA team will quickly take away his role as a playmaker when he stops scoring.

Unfortunately, that’s the harsh reality of the NBA. Let’s hope and pray JLin will continue his aggressive mindset and keep scoring like we know he could.

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