- Dec 9, 2016
Oh, I think there's plenty of blame to go around, and Stevens isn't immune. Certainly his handling of time outs is open to criticism. But Hayward's 30M for a player who is not contributing is a structural issue for this team. Kyrie's over-dribbling is another structural issue. As spectacular as some of Kyrie's plays are, the other guys tend to stand around when he starts dancing with the ball.I get it, you’re frustrated. But please, step down off the ledge.
This team’s issue is not Gordon Hayward, and it’s not Terry Rozier. And I’m a guy who has been driving the Trade or Bench Terry Train for the better part of this season.
And this is going to hurt me to say, but it’s on Brad. He can’t make the shots himself, but hear me out. When this team swings the ball around, in the paint and back out again, they look unstoppable. Take the 10-1 run to start last nights game as an example. Then, the tempo disappears and the guys on the floor inexplicably start standing around the arc, looking for a 3 or trying to go ISO. Their half court offense is putrid. They refuse to rotate for a mismatch in the post.
I'm not standing on any ledges but watching Hayward I do not think he will ever be the player he was. If you do (to paraphrase Malcolm Reynolds) you're waiting for a train that just won't come. Moving a player like Hayward for expirings (and using some of the money to resign Marcus Morris) isn't a tear down because Morris is a better player.