Discussion in 'NBA Discussion' started by alam1108, Jul 13, 2017.
It means you don't really need a 3rd star when you have a solid team D .
Like last year when we had stars injuries and had to go to the play-in while being the #1 defense?
Caruso used to make game saving plays, I think people who list stats or say he didn’t win us games forget that. It’d be late in a close game and he’d get a huge steal or he’d play one of those possessions like in the video on the last page where he locked down Harden. That’s not going to show up in the stat sheet, but it’s a critical effort possession at a crucial time type play. He used to do that often for us, it would be a critical time in a game where it could go either way and he’d come in and spark the entire defense alive, turn the momentum in our favor, essentially seal a win for us without maybe even recoding a stat other than a block or steal. There’s no stat for just staying in from of your man and making him take a hard shot, or for hockey assists because you’re a smart player, or setting that perfect screen someone else is too lazy to set to free a guy for a good shot, or cutting at just the right time to get open.
That’s what we miss with Caruso, poise in big moments, solid as hell defense that might not result in a steal or block but might as well have. That’s one reason we are losing games late with someone his opposite with the ball in their hands. An Alex Caruso is the difference between choking away games up big and that never really becoming a threat to happen because we didn’t screw around and get all the way to that point, he would sometimes come in and help stop that bleeding. But again, you won’t see that on a stat sheet, it’s something you see from watching games over and over and paying attention.
can't keep track of the (false) narratives. is it that he sucks without lebron still? or that it was his fault we lost to phx? both just fantastic arguments.
AC is one of the few guys on the Lakers who fit like a glove right next to Lebron. Both of them were phenomenal and if I remember had the highest +/- of any duo in the NBA for nearly 2 years.
What the hell man.
I'm happy for him. He's doing great things in Chi-town
I miss you like a fat kid on a diet misses cake.
Meh, he’s not that good on defense, he couldn’t even stop the entire Phoenix Suns by himself last playoffs.
luckily, we're doing a bang up job defending the perimeter and making weak side rotations, so we don't notice his absence at all.
we also have guys just really hustling in ways that are infectious and lead to inspired team play.
*checks earpiece* oh...we don't have those things? just an undrafted rookie plays with any sustained effort? it's too bad we couldn't afford to keep the eagle, then, huh? wait, what? oh...wish he would have given us a chance to match...oh you've gotta be kidding me *chucks earpiece*
I miss him like, well…… a cookie.
Sad Vogel noises
…. plus 25M.
Which Bibigo and Time Warner would have covered nicely.
he's getting MVP chants in Chicago! How awesome is that?!
Their new-look team and capacity for highlight reel alley-oops has brought the fans back into the arena, where the Bulls are in the top 10 in attendance and the atmosphere is so jubilant the crowd routinely breaks into "MVP" chants for Caruso. The Bulls haven't raised the Larry O'Brien Trophy since 1998, haven't won a playoff series since 2015 and haven't been to the postseason since 2017.
We could have been jubilant too had we not cheaped out.
oh do we get them next? fantastic.
Currently 2nd in the NBA in steals, 2nd in deflections and 6th in loose balls recovered.
Yep. Watching him now. They are up 13 on the Clips.
He does all the little things.