Ad1770 wrote:Ok. I took some time before I posted. I took the time to process what I saw yesterday, and came up with my reasonings. I understand when everyone says we need to have patience. I really get it. Thing is, at this point, and looking through the season, what are we needing to be patient about? The guys have shown that they have a good understanding of the offense and play it very well. The holdovers have adapted to it, and have shown that they understand it. Surely, it isn’t that.
I can be patient, but I have a big issues with the mistakes that are being made that should have been fixed by this point in time. 17.5 turnovers a game in conference play. That is way too many. Want to know why UE lost yesterday? 24 points off of 19 UE turnovers. This has been a continual problem all season, and they can’t shoot 55% every game to make up for it.
I guess I’ll be the one to ask it. Why is it, we have a player averaging over 4 turnovers a game and can’t hit a shot from over five feet from the rim handling the ball late in games and averaging 38 minutes a game, while we have a player sitting on the bench who plays the point much smoother, and averaging less than 2 turnovers a game, and has shown the ability to hit an outside jump shot.
Also, Kuhlman has got to get tougher down low. That is an area that we are thin. This is a huge problem.
Yesterday’s game was an anomaly of sorts. We seemed to beat them in every category, and actually beat them on the boards, while offensive rebounds are what sticks out in the OT, that wasn’t the reason we lost. Turnovers were.
We lost another game we should have won because as usual, the guys can’t take care of the basketball. And once again, we say the same thing. Need patience. Unfortunately, at some point, patience isn’t enough. Accountability is needed, and if it takes me saying something to start that ball rolling, so be it.
I have been criticized for posting my comments about a game performance that consisted of sloppy, non-focused play that resulted in us losing a game we could have won, and me being reminded that we are young, inexperienced, and that we should have patience because, after all, we shouldn't expect much this year.
I think that we SHOULD expect much more solid ball handling, attention to defense, ability to put the ball in the basket on layups and attention to the clock, avoiding those desperate clock-shot shots or violations.....to me, it is reasonable to expect time to develop team play, individual shooting skills, intensity on defense without fouling, etc., but the huge numbers of ball-handling turnovers and missed close-up shooting and lack of clock awareness are what should have been corrected many games ago and what are costing us wins that should have been ours.
The game yesterday with its 19 turnovers was an example of game that was so disappointing to me....I don't even think that our coach would ask patience with that sort of performance....at least I hope that he doesn't....patience shouldn't be a requirement for basics or for focus by a team.
Love the ACES but all out of patience and expecting much better ball handling, focus, and improvement on offense even if it takes extra practice n the gym......with an opening video like that dynamic one to open our game yesterday we need our ACES to play like the video introduces them!!! Patience has had its chance, now let's let focus and effort take over!