Mentally and emotionally you can see there is a gap with this team right now and they have to get across it. In the first 9 games this week, my "eStats" show the 4 position off to the races again with the 3 right behind. This exposes how terrible Rudy Gay played against a much more inferior opponent (Richard Jefferson) on Monday night. Meanwhile O.J. Mayo needs more burn and the bench itself has fallen out of step with the flow of the team.
I believe our offense and team is too chaotic. One night Pondexter/Young/Pargo/Selby/Haddadi don't play and the next they get 15 minutes. Weird if you ask me. Where was Dante Cunningham last night by the way?
- Play OJ + Haddadi more . The Darko/Gasol twin towers worked occasionally, bring it back.
- If you start Speights don't play him for 8 minutes and then bench him the rest of the way.
- Don't play Pargo or Sam Young for now. They don't look like they belong. I love Sam Young and he can contribute but not on this team right now.
- I think Tony Allen should sub in for Rudy Gay and OJ Mayo.
Grizzlies in Game 20:
|Player||eStat||μ = mean difference|
|Mike Conley||+10||μ = +7.778|
|Tony Allen||-3||μ = -1.556|
|Rudy Gay||-12||μ = -15.889|
|Marreese Speights||-4||μ = -10.778|
|Marc Gasol||-2||μ = -3.778|
|6th (O.J. Mayo*)||+2||μ = -2.0|
Rudy played another terrible game like this against Oklahoma City when they lost and then we went on to a 7 game winning streak. He's the furthest off the mean we've ever seen him. Let's see that MVP play again Rudy! "Make your own luck", brother!