Agreed. The starters have been playing a ton, especially because of the overtimes, but I wasn't so surprised to see Pritchard or Nesmith get buried as I was to see TL playing more than 30 MPG.
I am baffled by what the plan is for the wing minutes. I know he hasn't looked great so far, but what the hell is going on with Josh Richardson? He has started almost every game he's played in going back to his second year in Miami, but is averaging just 17.5 minutes right now and 4 FGA. Meanwhile Smart is averaging 9.5 and shooting like he's wearing a blindfold and mittens. I wonder what Udoka is going to do to get Richardson going.
Starting him next to Schroder still seems like the smart move to me, and moving one of TL and Horford to the bench. I'm fine with starting Horford and TL together, but it also seems like a misuse of resources given that Kanter is such a sieve on defense and seems unlikely to break into the rotation right now.
Smart could see his minutes cut, and I hope they are. I do like what he offers, but I wish he would managed like Tony Allen was in Memphis. His best role is playing 25-30 minutes, balls to the wall on defense. Forcing the guy to play 35+ a night seems shortsighted, bad for Smart and bad for the offense, especially since we've got two guys in Schroder and Richardson who can be primary or secondary ballhandlers/scorers, respectively, next to the Jays. It's a frustrating misuse of resources, and I can't think of a reason for it other than to placate Smart, who's a forceful personality, just signed a big extension, and can be volatile . That's not to say I'm sure that's what's going on -- I hope it isn't.
Getting Pritchard and Nesmith out there for shooting... I'm sympathetic to that, but those guys are extremely limited on defense right now, even if they play hard. They'll get a chance, obviously, at some point this season.