I don't know how many times I have flip flopped on this topic
But I choose Rozier after tonights game
Smart after making a nice unexpected 3, just kept chucking it (2 or 3 misses in a row) ....I wanted to throw something at my tv. He did the same crap in game 4
why does he keep playing roulette like that?
Wanting to keep Rozier is fine but I don't know how you could come to that conclusion after watching last night's game. Rozier was useless for about 90% of the night and shot 3/15 (1/7 from 3). Smart hit some big threes (a rare good shooting night 3/6 from 3, 5/9 overall), made some nice passes and played tough defense all night.
Again, it was just one game and not necessarily representative of their games generally but Marcus had a much, much better night than Rozier.
Last night was a pretty off game for Rozier. Just not himself - like Brown, something was off.
One other thing. It seems like playoff basketball is more and more about finding the weak matchup on the other team and exploiting it. The Cs pick on Love when we can. LeBron tries to get switched onto Rozier. And so it goes in the other series as well. When Marcus was in the game, there was no weak link to go after. It's ridiculous what he can do on defense. If he can keep his intensity level right so that he doesn't do dumb things on offense, he's a special asset for playoff basketball. Baynes-Horford-Smart and two of Tatum, Brown, Morris was just a stone wall for Cleveland's bigs-heavy lineup.
Maybe we don't *need* Marcus Smart next year, but I think his skillset will be more needed. With Hayward and Irving back in the mix we should have enough scoring and shot creation. We will need another defender and ballhandler, and Smart is almost unique in his ability to be a defensive swiss army knife. Watching him stone Tristan Thompson in the paint last night was hilarious.
Rozier started off cold but he had zero turnovers in the 2nd half I believe. 2 huge steals. 2 nice assists. Terrific mid range bucket to keep the momentum going
Chucking 2 threes in a row at the worst moment of the game. Cavs could have turned it around quickly if buckets were made.
I mean he just chucked it without care
Smart had zero turnovers all game and was 3/6 from 3 while Rozier was 1/7.
Mock Trade Deadline Trailblazers and Knicks Rosters:
G: Lillard, McCollum, Curry, Simons, Baldwin, Stauskas, Trent. F: Aminu, Turner, Harkless, Leonard, Swanigan, Layman. C: Nurkic, Collins,
G: Hardaway, Lee, Mudiay, Nitilikina, Trier, Burke, Dotson. F: Porzingis, Thomas, Hicks, Hezonja, Knox, Kornet, Vonleh. C: Kanter, Robinson