Yesterday, Zach and I engaged in a series of messages alternating thoughts about the lineup changes that has Kevin Martin taking over the starting 2 guard spot, Wiggins back at the 3, and Tayshaun moving to the bench. We also touched on Nemanja Bjelica's struggles as of late.
Zach M: Like the lineup change?
Dan S: Yes. It doesn't fix everything, but it fixes some things.
Zach M: It's better, they definitely need more scoring. I would say I'd rather have Wigg and Bazz start, but there are no shooters. Prince needs to be in that second unit. Also, can't start Lavine because he's the best backup pg (even though it's stunting his development at sg)
Dan S: Agreed; but not so much that Lavine is best backup pg. Still think Andre is the better backup right now, though Lavine is improving.
Zach M: I haven't seen enough to say that. Backup pg needs to play 15-20 minutes a game consistently. Can he handle that? I'm not sure.
Dan S: That is a fair statement, though I do believe, as far as what we've seen, Andre could handle 15-20 minutes a night being the floor general of a 2nd unit that is in desperate need of some ball movement.
Zach M: Fair enough. Anyways, about Kevin Martin moving into the 2 spot; he has probably been one of our worst players the past week or so. Refusing to shoot open shots.
Dan S: Yep. He said that he's never experienced a slump like this. Hopefully the transition gets him back into his groove again, providing much needed scoring we have lacked as of late.
Zach M: He needs to be more of a catch and shoot guy, not a pump-fake-take-an-off-balance-shot guy.
Dan S: Absolutely. Needs to stop forcing shots and hoping for a foul call. Wolves have other players who can score now, not like before. Therefore, no need for him to act like he's focal point of offense. He just needs to facilitate more.
Zach M: It all comes down to if they continue to let up more made 3's than they even attempt. If it does continue, losses may pile up.
Dan: Agree to the fullest. Can't have that, especially in today's NBA,. Heck, Steph Curry has attempted more threes than we have as a team. No excuse for that.
Zach M: With Prince getting less minutes, scoring should go up.
Dan S: Yes. I love that their opening up more minutes for Bazz. It needed to happen. He should provide a much needed offensive boost.
Zach M: Agreed. Also, Bjelica needs to get going again.
Dan S: Yep. When Wolves were winning Bjelica was at his best, or at least productive.
Zach M: He's been shooting terrible lately.
Dan S: Also traveling too much and not shooting open shots.
Zach M: Looks like he's back to thinking too much out there and not just playing.
Dan S: Yep. Just needs to get his confidence back. Wolves need his scoring and valuable minutes in frontcourt. Can't trust Payne and Dieng has struggled. Need him badly.