The Sixers Have Clutch Problems Part 2: The CoachPosted: January 29, 2012
Well this one will be a bit shorter. What’s up with Collins? Really. I mean he is a really good coach. I like him. But his obsession with veterans kinda drives me wild. “It felt like a Battie night”? Really? Oh OK this is more of a clutch thing. Again, Collins is a really good coach, but for some reason he doesn’t seem to handle last second plays well. It’s disturbing. Look, Sixers don’t have that go-to guy so Collins has to accept that. Lou Williams jacking up those long 3-pointers isn’t the best way to deal with it. Andre Iguodala iso’s make me cry.
So Collins really needs to play the same way the rest of the game is played. There are no iso players on this team. But no, Doug wants Lou to just be Lou. If you’re counting on long 3-pointers as your only chance you’re doomed to fail. I already can’t stand Lou taking those shots all the time. Crunch time makes it only worse. Collins wants the players to play through the final moments without timeouts. That’s all well and good but Mr. Veteran Lover needs to realize that his team is young and could use some guidance.
Like I said with the players, Evan Turner and Jrue Holiday could be the guys running the show. I’m thinking about the team’s future. But Collins isn’t. And that’s fine. But, if there is enough time, you need to draw up a play Collins. You can’t Lou your way to victory. Times like these really come down to coaching. Collins needs to understand what he has. At this point, just call the timeout. Sure the defense has a chance to set up but your players are not organized right now. As time goes by, then you can put your team out there and not have to call timeouts. The players can run it on their own. But you don’t have that yet Collins. You just don’t.
We saw this last season. Players looked lost out there. Not sure what to do. Who to pass the ball to. Then, everybody decides they will be the hero so now team ball is lost. You get to see one player dribble the ball around before jacking up a shot. This isn’t Woodson’s Atlanta Hawks’ offense. When there are only a couple of seconds left, then yeah you have to take the first shot. But, like we saw vs the Nets, it seems like they don’t know how to get players open to get a good look. Lou wasn’t going to make that shot.
Look, the only thing that I really wish Collins would do in clutch time is to take time to teach these players what to do. Call the timeout and run a smart play. It’s okay. Collins has to work with what he has and the best scorer he has is Lou. So we’ll have to settle for that for the time being. But, as I mentioned with the players post, Turner has the tools to be an effective crunch time player. Too bad Turner’s not a veteran though.