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Inbounding and end of game rotations

We have been awful at inbounding all year, and there are very simple reasons why.

1. A tall player needs to inbound, because the guy pressuring the inbound will usually be a wing or power forward with good length (I think it was Cunningham or Pondexter in this game). Therefore, having Gomes doing the inbounds was not a bad idea at all. Yes, he screwed up, but he has the height to be an inbounder. After his mistakes, Mo Williams has been the inbounder, and he is quite possibly the worst choice. Not only is he small, which means it is hard for him to get a pass off, but his being the trigger man also violates the 2nd key principle, which is......

2. Have your best free throw shooter get the ball and shoot the free throws. It is that simple. Mo Williams is the best FT shooter on the team, and one of the best in the league, yet he is the ONE guy who can not shoot the free throws. Yes, Chris Paul and Randy Foye are both good as well, but quite honestly, Mo Williams is automatic, which I dont think the other two guys quite are. Having him not even as a possibility (decoy or something) is an awful decision by Vinny Del Negro.

3. The solution: Have a tall guy who is a decent passer inbound, and run a play for Mo Williams, who will then almost certainly make 2 free throws. There are several guys on the team who fit this description: Blake Griffin, Nick Young (not sure about his passing though), Caron Butler, and, ironically, Ryan Gomes. Any one of these guys would be a far better option to inbound then Mo Williams.

In a slightly related topic, Vinny's rotations at the end of the 4th are awful. I understand Bledsoe is a far better defender than Mo Williams, but you know what, he is guarding Mike Conley out there- probably the last option on the Grizzlies to take a final shot. If we are playing against a top tier point guard, I would consider having Bledsoe in for defense, but even then, his awful free throw shooting would probably turn me away.

Another thing is that there is a reason Gay made those 2 three pointers. Yes, they were very good shots, but he was being defended by Randy Foye, who is about 5 inches shorter and a lot less athletic than Gay is. He played good defense, but the Clippers are lucky that Gay didn't make the final shot or that a foul wasnt called on Foye (he avoided nicely, but I think there was some contact). Having Nick Young or Caron Butler in to defend Gay may have prevented those shots from being made at all (Gay was having particular trouble with Butler).

Finally, I hope Vinny has now realized that Reggie Evans needs to get more minutes than Kenyon Martin . Reggie is seemingly the only big on our team who can consistently get rebounds, and Martin, while a better defender, is also prone to a lot of fouling.

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