You guys are smoking, I tell you
Fooled by the streak they continued when Rose was away
If Butler didn't elevate his game when Rose sat out the three games, it'd be much more obvious how much even a sub par Rose is needed
I can understand putting Butler ahead of Rose, except when Rose is playing his best. After that, I disagree.
Pau really isn't that important. He can put points up on the board but he gives up points on the other end, just the same. You take Pau out, they're a less offensively potent team but they'll become better at defense to compensate.
I'm telling ya, Pau has been god awful on defense. His refusal to hedge or switch properly on defense causes a lot of peoblems. He's left Jimmy or Rose hanging out to dry on defense so so many times. Want to score easy points? Just attack Pau on the pick and roll
Lots of teams know that
Rose, on the other hand, while he isn't the defender Jimmy is, can defend a lot better than his reputation, and he's certainly much less of a doormat than Pau. His defense has been very underrated this yr. And even when Rose isn't scoring a lot,which is often, he demands a lot of attention, so that makes him important even when he isn't scoring 20 points.
When Rose is playing well, it's not even a question.Edited by amel223 - 1/6/16 at 7:01am