I also think that he is a smart defender. He knows where to move and he gives good effort. It is just that his length and size is diminutive and therefore he can't stop bigger players. When he guards guys his size he did a good job all season long.
Larkin is actually a pretty good defender
Thanks for this, it was a good laugh and some of the best sarcasm I have seen in the forum for years.
But I get the laugh. He is having a tough time this series against the length of the Bucks.
You are correct. He's quick and he is intelligent and he works on that end, but he's just not long or strong enough to bother Middleton or Parker.
My question is why don't we recognize this and try to avoid switching Larkin on to these guys?
I get that sometimes you have to switch, but I think a big problem Brad has had in the playoffs in the last 2 years is that his teams are way too willing to just gift their opponents ridiculous mismatches.
Like how many times last year ECF did we see the Cavs just set some lazy ass pick and end up with a Olynyk v. Lebron/Kyrie ISO?
It's the same thing here. Understand your personnel. Switch everything doesnt work when the other team can wind up with a 6'8" pure scorer matched up on a 5'11" dude without breaking a sweat.