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The Lack of a Killer Instinct May 12, 2007

Posted by netsophobia in Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA Playoffs, NBA talk, New Jersey Nets, Weekend Randomness.
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CLEVELAND - MAY 8: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers walks on the court against the New Jersey Nets in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2007 NBA Playoffs on May 8, 2007 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2007 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
YES, baby, Killer Instinct, that’s what we lack, in both games 1 and 2, we were close in game 1, we didn;t make shots in game 2, we could have easily tied the series 1-1, why? we lack the killer instinct that’s why.

Didn’t i say we should play small ball and start Boki at the 4?- i did in the preview. And now?

How does going smaller help a team get rebounds? The Nets think that they are being outhustled to loose balls, and they hope that quicker players can make a difference. Plus, playing smaller with more shooters might force the Cavs to alter their lineup of rebounders.

Two games out being outrebounded by 20, i seriously think that it’s time for a change, it’s not like going small for the entire 48 minutes, we know the Cavs are going to play their starters for 40 minutes or more, so slide in the small lineup in between for a few minutes and then change it back, see what happens, it’s not like we’re really going to go small,just mix things up and confuse the Cavs.

Lawrence Frank thinks of putting RJ or VC on most probably Drew Gooden, on first look, it looks like a gross mismatch right? well, if you look closer, Gooden spend his time either rebounding and dunking the basketball, or he’s gonna shoot the 16 footer from the side, with better box out, RJ could definitely defend Gooden, not the case with VC though. but i think Nachbar would probably end up with Gooden, where there isn’t really much of an advantage for Gooden.

If the team goes small, it means that Moore, Boki, Kidd, Carter, and RJ would be the five, matching up against the Cavs, it’s not bad really, i fancy my chances against them anyday.

The next best thing the Nets can do after all those adjustments? is to FOUL LBJ HARD!!, i mean REAL HARD, i don’t care whether if it’s a flagrant 2 or whatever, send him a message, it’s not coming easy in our house, VC’s defense on Pavlovic will have to improve too, it’s not just his offense being bad, his defense is as bad. Pavlovic averaging 16ppg? VC has to buck up, big time.

“Too many times we are giving them free runs at the rim,” said Frank, noting Cleveland had 25 shots by the rim in Game 2 alone. “We have to get back to the mentality of hitting first, which we did through the bulk of the year.”

Our team doesn’t have any big shot-blockers, so this is what we should be doing, even when we were playing zone in game 2, James and gang were still able to drive to the basket, why? because we weren’t committed enough. We need to hustle.

I’m looking forward to game 3, because we’re at home, and there’s the not so enthusiastic home crowd, the recommitted defense, and a more aggressive VC. Get that Killer Instict, get those Loose balls. GO NETS!

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