Rob and I ended up not having time to talk about it like we planned last week, so we spent the whole time this week (and then some) talking about our picks for the All-Star reserve squads. I have an epic brainfart in considering Eastern Conference candidates in Part 1, but I have my revenge in Part 2, oh yes I do. Interested to hear thoughts on our 7 and 8-man selections for the respective conferences.
Also, not only do we have a name for the pod, the Make or Miss Podcast (explanation within), but some extremely appropriate bumper music as I'm sure you'll agree, after the jump.
One of the biggest issues with theIsolated Rim Protection metric has been been adjusting for shot "deterrence" and pace. Basically, from the defensive perspective, the best shot at the rim is the one not taken at all. And while I had accounted for this previously with a team adjustment, that was fairly blunt, as it is clear as day that there is a great difference in the intimidation factor presented by a Dwight Howard and by his current backup Donatas Motiejunas .
Sometimes Help Hurts (Post Play and Defensive Schemes)
Take your time, Dwight
On the podcast on Tuesday, we talked briefly about posting up, in general terms, as an offensive strategy. The subject of post play has become a hill upon which a lot of the "back in my day" types have chosen to die - you can't win in the NBA without a post presence, because, PRESENCE. Ignoring, of course, the changes in both the rules in place and the skillset of the modern big man. Taking into account those factors, many people smarter than me have wondered aloud what's so special about posting up?