In other words, stay as close as possible to a guy like JJ Redick and live with his occasional drives to the basket. And thank God you weren't playing against Jason Williams.
Seems simplistic, but I'm not so sure even such a small step wouldn't help at this point.
My impression is that normally, Duke likes to pressure on the perimeter to try to generate steals and make it harder for the offense to pass the ball inside, with the side effect of allowing more penetration (making our perimeter defenders appear slower as they get beat more often.) When the team is playing well and has the defense down pat, these extra times of our perimeter defense getting beat are worth it, as our help defense is ready to prevent easy baskets and the other team still has to make several more good moves and/or passes to get a good shot most of the time. I don't think the team is there yet, but I am like COYS in that I hope the team will get there and be able to pressure on the perimeter, but improve a bit in preventing penetration and improve a lot at reducing the damage from penetration, by greatly improving help side defense and communication.
“Those two kids, they’re champions,” Krzyzewski said of his senior leaders. “They’re trying to teach the other kids how to become that, and it’s a long road to become that.”
I don't know where else to put this, but after having read the Shane Ryan piece which is linked on the front page, some of which discusses Duke's defense, I had the same reaction I have every time I read something he writes: What a jerk. A Duke fan who clearly hates the Duke players, doesn't know much about basketball, and is way more interested in showing off how clever he is than writing a fair piece. I guess that makes him the perfect Duke writer for Grantland, but I get angry every time I read the guy. OK, sorry. [/rant]
Then he goes off on Andre and makes a "defensive mistake mix tape," and the first thing he shows is Andre getting tripped. As if that's his fault. Mr. Ryan doesn't seem to be able to distinguish between someone scoring and a defensive mistake. He showed a whole lot of plays, but I only counted two true mistakes plus maybe another two arguable mistakes. Big deal.
So I have nothing against his praising Mason, but in general I just can't stand what he says or the way he says it.
To summarize the article: I've been hard on Mason the last 2 years, but he's finally put it together this year and carried the team against Maryland. Our defense is absolutely atrocious (which it is), and Andre had a particularly bad game on defense, which is why he didn't play much in the 2nd half.
Not to single only Andre out since none of Seth/Tyler/Austin were lockdown defenders that night, but Andre clearly had a bad game on both sides of the ball, which is why he sat the 2nd half. Kid needs to FOCUS.
For what it's worth, the Tommy Amaker-led Harvard Crimson (17-2) have the #10 adjusted defense and the Johnny Dawkins-led Stanford Cardinal (15-5) have the #43 adjusted defense.
Our defensive weaknesses can be almost entirely attributed to mental lapses. Harvard plays guards of 6-1, 6-3, and 6-5, and Stanford's PG is 5-10, and I find it hard to argue they have more talented players than us. However, they play much smarter defense than us as do many other teams.
Moe Harkless of St. Johns just dropped 30 pts on us in CIS. Giving up 76 points to the #188 adjusted offense today does not seem to signal improvement in our defense. 10 games left in the regular season. Come on Duke, focus and lock it up.
Last edited by duke09hms; 01-28-2012 at 02:14 PM.
Following the second half against St. John's, Duke may be 18-3, but has a 31-11 record if you score the games by halves. It's clearly a focus/consistency issue. We're much better playing to win than playing not to lose.
There is such a thing as heart, player compatibility and complement, leadership and intangibles involved in the game.