Anti-Homer wrote: ↑
Tue Mar 05, 2019 8:13 pm
MVPs of the game for Butler: Goodin-Marshall tied for 1st, Baldwin 2nd, Jorgensen 3rd. Marshall has been very good the past two weeks, but just like with Goofdin, making threes was fool's gold. Despite his blistering 41% shooting from 3's the past few weeks, his 3 point avg still hovered around 30%. Neither of those two should be permitted to take more than 3 step in 3s in a game with more than 3 seconds on the shot clock. They're bad outside shooters. Everyone but Steele seems to understand that. It's difficult when two of your top three perimeter players are poor outside shooters, turnover prone, and have low bball I.Q.s
A microcosm of Marshall's low I.Q. was when X was down by six with 25 seconds or go, and he drove into the lane and threw a high arcing runner while triple teamed, which had a 7.1% chance of going in. Welage was wide open, but oddly, the pattern of not throwing him the ball continues. Just to put the icing on the cake, then Goodin came down and took the same shot, which had a 6.8% chance of going in. They were 2-9 from 3, which is their statistical season average, and had 10 turnovers and 5 assists. The Washington Generals have better stats against the Globe Trotters.
As much as Steele has improved, he still cannot get over the hurdle of making Goodin and Marshall accountable. He has no problem sitting Scruggs, because Scruggs won't tell him to F$%k Off as Goodin did, or do whatever Marshall did to be suspended earlier this year. HE still needs to grow some Steele ones. I didn't expect an X win tonight, but to go out with the number of turnovers, and poor shot selection is disheartening. Now they have to beat the Johnnies and win the BE to make the dance. It can be done, even with the most selfish and low IQ team X has had in years. Kudos to Welage and Hankins for playing very sound, efficient ball. Hankins should be voted the MVP of this team.
Marshall and Goodin owe them and the rest of the team an apology.
AH - i get it. you don''t like Naji and Q, but I'm guessing you LOVED them during the 5-game winning streak when they played very well, especially Naji. you can try to blame Steele all you want, but it comes down to this - THESE ARE THE GUYS. there is no one else to go to. we are gonna live or die with our best players on the floor and simply hope they make good decisions and play well. they are freaking 19, 20, 21 year old KIDS who don't always play perfectly as you expect them to. If Q or Naji take one 3 early or have a turnover, you bring it up. i find it hard to always pointing out the NEGATIVE in what our players do, as you seem to do with those 2. we get it. they didn't play well last night AT TIMES. it happens. it's not about selfishness and low bball IQ because they've shown plenty of the opposite in the 5-game win streak. but you seem to feel the need to bring up every possible bad shot, turnover, bad decision and act like it was the reason we lost. it wasn't. heck, we had plenty of GREAT shots (wide open 3's, btw) that just didn't go down. 1 or 2 of those go in and we are singing a different song this morning.
Steele is going with the dudes who practice the hardest and give his team the best chance to win. sometimes you have to let those guys play through mistakes because they've shown, for the most part, that they can make the plays that this team needs to win.
and as usual, it's quite easy to sit at your keyboard and analyze what this player should have done, what the coach should have done, etc everyone on this board is the greatest post-game coach ever.
in the end, you go with the players that give you the best chance to win, and hope they make the plays. our guys didn't last night. it happens.