Originally Posted by erupt107th
Austin Rivers > Steph Curry. I need to see him shoot some pull up 35 footers next game. Shoeking must be watching games with a single tear rolling down his cheek like a father at his son's wedding.
Mike Smith might be a homer but he usually uses semi-advanced stats to back up his claims. This is why I'm so perplexed as to why he continues to praise Luc's defense ans defend his role as a starter. Is there any data that supports this idea that he is a better defender than Wes or Lance? I see him grab the occasional big board but with him and DJ on the court we're playing 3v5 on offense against the other team's starters.
My man Paul Pierce went to the bicycle shop right before christmas. His 3pt shooting has gone up each up. Shot 36% from 3 in December and is shooting 58% in his last 5. I think 2014-2015 Wiz Pierce is showing up
-Thug Tears bro, Thug tears. Playoff Austin Byke. Consistency though is everything. I just want a 10 piece every night from him tbh
- I'm biased but I don't think Ralph and Mike are that much of homers. Plus their banter is lowkey hilarious. They're silly as hell
- As far as Advanced Stats go, among lineups that have played at least 150 minutes together, the Core 4 plus luc have a 99.8 Defensive Rating. (204 Minutes) Their total net rating is an 11.6. That isn't bad, but the lineup of the core 4 plus lance still is our best lineup BY FAR. We're at a 95 Net Rating defensively with that lineup, and are a +20 overall with that lineup. I still don't believe that our recent success is tied to Luc in any way shape or form, and when we play the elite starting Luc may end up hurting us in the long run. But we kind of can't mess with anything now, have the longest streak in the league haha
- Overall though, Luc hasn't been a bad defender for us. Players this season are shooting 39% on Luc, which is down about 6% from their normal average. However, over the course of 82 games, variance obviously occurs. When you're in the postseason and you're facing the elite every night, I don't know if those defensive numbers can hold. If they do though, then I can tolerate Luc starting.
- And finally, PP has definitely been shooting lights out for us but what worries me is he's playing much more with the starters right now. When blake comes back and he goes back to playing with Crawford, (our worst lineups this season by far are when both Crawford and Pierce are together) Austin, etc. will we some some regression? I hope not.