This game was only close because we shot the ball pretty poorly - 29% from 3, including 3/13 from Robinson/Wagner on pretty much wide open looks, and 1/6 from Matthews, though it’s harder to know what to make of that – and they shot the ball quite well – 42% from three, 92% from the line.
Things to like:
-MAAR came alive, looked good in pretty much every facet, even passing
-Wagner’s rebounding and, yes, defense
-Simpson looked confident and pretty effective, including his 3 point shooting, though he needs to be wide open to take it
-Teske’s minutes, especially his D
-Matthews 2 point shooting – a couple dunks but a couple jumpers and one move to the lane where he just elevated and smoothly hit a little jumper that he should be able to get a lot and that will be very hard to stop
-decent 2-point defense - they shot 12/27 (44%)
-won the TO/rebounding battle
Things not to like:
-a couple really silly fouls, including Duncan on a 3 when he was in good shape to contest
-too passive on offense. We ended up with a lot of open 3s but we could’ve had some more easy layups/dunks. Have to get Wagner more involved, not just shooting 3s.
-some breakdowns on D, just getting organized, etc. It’s one thing to a guy get by your – which also happened a little too easily at times – but it’s another to just be discombobulated from the get go on several possessions.
Overall: If the teams shot the same % from 3, we win by 18 points or so. Pretty clear the team is still figuring out things on offense, which can be hard playing zones, and defense. But also a fair amount of positives that should translate going forward.