I re-watched the 1st half of the Orlando game over the weekend. Guess who wasn’t running the offense. Nash was an off the ball shooter and was benefiting from kick outs coming of Amare being doubled in the post, Barnes or Hill dribble drive and kick, and in one amazing case Lopez drove the lane, drew two defenders, kicked the ball to JRich who rotated it to a wide open Nash for 3.
So, let’s not get all Nash ball happy yet. He was not probing the lane and creating until late in the game which is EXACTLY how we want it. Save Nash for late. Find other ways to create early and use Nash as a spot up shooter.
I LOVE that approach as long as we can keep the turnovers down which I think is possible by playing more simple inside/out and wing iso sets versus the kind of precision ball movement game we needed w/ Bell on the floor. Having JRich should really help this b/c the Suns don’t need to “create” open looks b/c they can just run JRich (and LB) off screens and let them go to work as an alternative to feeding the post.
I was also curious about Lopez low rebounding rate so I watched him real close.
First, its not a fair game to judge him in comparison to Dwight who dominates everyone but I did see that he tends to get a low base which is good for not getting moved around but he’s not “tall” enough to then grab the board. He needs to learn to both stand tall and also keep his feet wide to maintain his space. Some time and man stegnth will help with that.
He also has no feel for where the ball will come off the rim. No anticipation. That will come with time too as he learns to read the shot and instinctively be in the right place. Hopefully.
One thing you can’t fault him for is effort. He was working hard down there and banging w/ Howard.
Oh, one more thing. Amundsun is a bundle of energy but there was mass confusion on both ends with him on the floor. This is to be anticipated w/ all sorts of new line ups. Porter is going to have to make some quick decisions on his rotations and get guys used to playing together before he starts experimenting.