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Lineup Changes Ahead?

May 2, 2012


The Denver Nuggets gave away Game 1 at Staples Center. As George Karl said following the Nugs’ four-point loss in Game 2: “If we would have fought like this in Game 1, I think maybe we would have found a way to win Game 2.” You just can’t afford to give games away in the playoffs (are you listening Memphis?).

Before the series, I felt that JaVale McGee would play a bigger role as the games went on. Well, he played more minutes and was much more effective in Game 2 compared to the opener. Despite his shortcomings (maturity, experience, maturity again), his length and athleticism up front is god-given and something that Karl badly needs in the lineup. I think it’s time for George start the young center. I get that Kosta Koufos ‘plays the right way’ and Timofey Mozgov is ‘solid on both ends” but JaVale gives Denver the best chance to win vs L.A.

As Karl said last night: “They might only need two or three guys playing at a high level to beat us. So I guess that’s talent. I don’t know.” Well, George should raise that talent level to start games and give Pam Mcgee’s son a shot. Drastic times call for drastic measures…..


The Chicago Bulls wheeled out Derrick Rose to start Game 2 in Chicago, to present the game ball and raise morale in Chi-town. The result was an awkward moment as Rose not only stood deadpanned but even looked like he wanted to cry. The Bulls then went out and lost by 17.

Head coach Tom Thibodeau went with C.J. Watson at point guard with John Lucas III in reserve, just as he did the past two months as Derrick was out in n’ out of the lineup. I’m not predicting a lineup change for Game 3, it’s just too soon to start juggling in this case…but I think starting Lucas gives Chicago the best chance to win deep into the playoffs. According to ‘Tibs’, John is the most aggressive and confident Bull other than Rose. What better player to fit into the starting lineup next to guys who obviously need an aggressive lead guard to be successful. Watson can then assume his customary combo-guard role off of the bench, even playing some SG next to Lucas at times.

It’s not desperation time in Chicago, but may just be better to go with the higher risk-higher reward move. John Lucas is no D-Rose, but it’s proven that he can take over games (just ask Miami). Again, drastic times call for drastic measures.

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4 Responses to Lineup Changes Ahead?

  1. william gordon on May 6, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    Coach tibbs is overratted,he makes no adjustments,holiday ate watson alive and coach done nothing.he needs to put better defenders on the floor,and bench them slow shooters,korver and hamilton,who he seems to be in love with.philly to athletic.make some adjustments coach.

    • Martin Knezevic on May 8, 2012 at 8:19 am

      William, thanks for chiming in. I think Tibs is a great defensive coach and also preaches the right message on offense: ball movement. But he’s not exactly the most versatile coach in the league. Last offseason I practically begged the Bulls to pursue O.J. Mayo (again) and not Hamilton. They could really use Mayo’s ball-handling and versatility right about now. Rip is a one-dimensional guy who still needs plays called for him. Without Rose, it just isn’t the same. I think the Bulls should start Lucas instead of Watson…he’s no D Rose, but he’s just as aggressive. What do you think?

    • william gordon on May 8, 2012 at 8:47 am

      I agree,lucus is playing better than watson,but holiday would ear him up to,this will sound crazy,but i would put brewer at point guard.he would lock up holiday,and he has good handles,underrated passer and good b-ball iq,they dont need his scoreing they need his defence,whenever you loose your best player,and 3 playoff games in a row,you have to do something shocking,that would mess philly up.

  2. william gordon on May 8, 2012 at 8:27 am

    Coach tibbs is overratted,he makes no adjustments,holiday ate watson alive in the 4th and tibbs did nothing,take out them slow shooters,korver and rip,and put your best defenders on the floor.philly to atletic,make some adjusltments,you are getting out coach in the playoffs.

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