As we all noticed last night, Orlando's lack of depth is a problem in this series, as we're relying on heavy minutes from the starting lineup. I had a couple thoughts about potential adjustments that I posted in another thread, and I'm curious about OPP's opinion on them. I'll get into it more after the jump, but for those who don't want to read it, here's my suggestions:
- Spot minutes for Orton when the Pacers have their 2nd unit in
- Start Earl Clark, bring Ryan Anderson off the bench
- More JJ Redick/Q-Richardson, less J-Richardson
Center is definitely our biggest issue here – Baby Davis is performing admirably considering the circumstances, but his game is predicated on his energy at both ends, which he can't reasonably keep up for more than, say, ~36 minutes.
I know our bench is limited, but when they have their backup C out there (forget his name, white guy with long hair), Orton should be given a chance for some spot minutes. I know he's flawed, but we need to give our good bigs time to rest when we have the chance.
Next, I'd like to see more of Earl Clark – I would even go as far as starting him over Ryan Anderson. Clark’s an athletic defender with some shot-blocking ability. No, he can’t lock down West, but we obviously don't have anyone who can, and he defends him better than Anderson. And while he doesn't spread the floor like Anderson does on offense, he seems to have stopped forcing himself into the offense, instead contributing in pick-n-roll and around the rim.
This move would have Anderson come off the bench, which I think would suit him better. It would keep him slightly more under the radar, perhaps helping him get his shot going. Also, it’ll hopefully help him stay out of foul trouble, keeping him around when we need his shooting in the 4Q – he does commit a lot of unnecessary fouls (I know the officiating has something to do with it, but still). Anderson would still see heavy minutes, and probably more than Clark, but I feel this would help keep the Pacers from jumping out to early leads like they have been doing.
Last, the 2-guard spot: J-Rich has been playing so-so on offense , but his defense has not been good. JJ Redick has clearly been in attack mode on offense, making a concerted effort to drive the ball. I don’t think you can start JJ since he can’t guard Paul George, but Q-Rich can – to this end, I’d like to see more of JJ/Q-Rich and less of J-Rich at the 2. This provides us with either good offense or good defense from JJ or Q, respectively, when we need it. J-Rich has not been particularly good at either end of the floor, apart from his 3 at the end of game 1 that saved our bacon.
^^my 2 cents. Thoughts?
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