I can't decide if McRoberts is out to lunch or trying to hard. Either way, he's been awful in the first half. Will someone PLEASE tell Demarcus Nelson that he is 6' 5"? If you catch it deep in the post, you don't have time to pump fake. Has he not learned ANYTHING in the last 3 years?
On the bright side, I'm not sure we can play a lot worse and that UNC can play a lot better. Here's hoping things turn around in the 2nd half.
6'5? that's pretty generous... about 2 inches generous.
I'd say that almost no one has played well. Only Henderson has had a strong half. McClure was solid, and Zoubek and Thomas played okay but sparingly. Scheyer looks tentative, and Paulus is up to his standard tricks from this season (good shooting, struggling with ballhandling and turnovers).
We've dug a deep hole. The defense is going to have to play great, and the offense is going to have to get much better. Nearly all of the points are coming off individual effort (rather than teamwork).
It almost seems like we're trying to hit a home run with every pass. I don't know if that's a function of the half court offense struggling to get good looks otherwise, or if it's just nerves. But there've been several passes in the first half that just should not have been thrown. If we valued the ball, this game might actually be close.
Let's hope for fewer turnovers, better shooting, and solid defense.
The radio guys keep talking about how brilliantly Paulus is playing. He did score at least 19 points but I can't say many other great things about his game. At about the 3 minute mark, he had 3 assists and 4 turnovers. Plus, he couldn't stay in front of lawson and others all night and the team has struggled to get consistent production out of the offense all night. Lawson, meanwhile, had just one turnover -- and he's a freshman playing at a much faster pace.
Now, in the interest of full disclosure, let me say that my "observations" are from radio, not TV, but if anyone wants to dispute them, by all means please do so. No, I am not blaming this loss on Paulus alone. There is plenty of blame/responsibility to go around. I just don't understand what these guys are talking about when they fall all over themselves to praise gp for this one.
The missing link in our team is both Josh and Markie. both simply have digressed in the last several weeks. Josh got absolutely schooled today by Hansborough, he was out-toughed, out-worked and just got embarresed on both ends of the court.
Markie simply can't shoot, and his decision making is still suspect on many of his head-down drives to the hoop.
I'm just very dissapointed that Josh has not stepped up his game and tried to be the man. Hansborough has left him in the dust and thus we will continue to lose all games like this...
It's a frustrating loss, but UNC is the more talented team this year. Our margin for error was really small, and we clearly made a bunch of errors.
Other than that silly nitpick, I'd say you're being a bit harsh on Nelson and McRoberts. I think we're asking them to be more than they really are. Nelson is not a go-to offensive player, and we've basically been asking McRoberts to carry the offense. Both are inconsistent shooters, neither has an established post game, and neither is a good free throw shooter. So expecting them to score consistently just isn't a fair expectation.
I certainly could not begin to play at any level with DeMarcus Nelson, but I don't understand how he can, almost every game, take a two foot shot and leave it one foot short.
I don't think we can criticize the players for not playing their hearts out. Let's face it, the team does not have an ACC caliber inside game or playmaker. Greg has become a solid 2-guard with his shooting (but not a good playmaker) and McRoberts is not an inside player. Most of the other power forward minutes go to McClure and he is only 6-6 with very little offensive prowness.
Because of these liabilities, we are limited when playing teams with an inside presence and fast guards. I'm actually amazed how well we play without those elements. Unfortunately, if we don't get Patrick Patterson, I don't see how this improves over the next two years. Yes, we will be older, but don't see us competing for the NCAA championship or Final 4 without unidentified help.
It is what it is!
I think firealleva is saying that Patterson will help with the inside presence liability that he discusses - not so much with the fast guards one. Nolan Smith and increased playing time for G (assuming the asthma gets better) will help with the guards, I suspect.
Andre Dawkins: “People ask me if I can still shoot, and I ask them if they can still breathe. That’s kind of the same thing.”
That's my story and I'm sticking to it. I truly hate people saying things about "how poorly" someone is playing. Josh McRoberts played his gosh darned heart out today! He may not have had TH stats, be he has to play tired when his opponents have the luxury of getting rest. He bangs inside and gets punished. He plays a lot of minutes, and plays hard. Always efficient? Who is?
I can pretty much guarantee this, if we didn't have him, NO way would be where we are today. He basically IS our inside presence. Bash him all you want, I for one am VERY happy we have him. And while you may think not, I hate to imagine our record without him!
imagepro, I completely agree. Duke would be sub .500 w/o him. He has struggled getting shots to drop lately, but to call his play on either end embarrassing is just throwing him under the bus. People need to get a clue and quit blaming one kid, while ignoring anything positive he does. Thanks for your insight.
I hate to keep harping on the coaching staff, but I really do not think a lot of the individual player issues can be blamed on the players.
I think this is pretty clearly a function of K's tendency to "fall in love" with certain players. Honestly, I think if you switched the 3 and 5 jerseys, you would see a comparable level of productivity from both positions.I just don't understand what these guys are talking about when they fall all over themselves to praise gp for this one.