I am pretty sure now with this re-emergence of Lee playing lockdown defense along with Ab we now have enough perimeter D to stop chalmers, miller, traitor, and battier do we not?? I mean everybody talks about how rondo will step it up in the playoffs so that SHOULD give us 3 good perimeter defenders right?
Seems many here miss the advantage we would have on the block with two bigs who can score some offensively for 48 minutes straight. pound them relentlessly like KG did to Anthony. Do it to bosh also. also you out rebound the heat down low with this. KG, sully and another good one who can block shots and rebound? oh my. That helps the perimeter defenders. has anybody forgot LBJ and DW love to dribble drive? what does a big do if they get by one of our pitbulls? swat that stuff out of there. we are not beating the heat with small ball people. we have very few advantages. we must maximize the ones we have.
Good thing the Thunder had Ibaka and Perkins last year.
wait, so Ibaka played at the 5? really? and he rotated out with Perk? really?
nobody said it was a GUARANTEE regardless. but if you think we are beating them with small ball then I cannot help you. In this whole thread and others i clearly stated we need two FIVES(centers, KG and someone else), who need to ROTATE out to keep a rim/paint presence along with our perimeter defenders. That BIG presence is not just for defense either. It for OFFENSE. Did you not see we were better than the heat at only PG and C last year? DO you not want to maximize that advantage? I am not really sure how you thought Ibaka at the 4 and Perk at the 5, much less not rotating equaled what i was saying. Unless i missed it. Did ibaka play the 5? and did he rotate with perk all game long like that?
I'm not disputing that we need to add a big, we have 2 open roster spots after all, I'm disputing your assesment that having these types of centers will be the difference in stopping the Heat.
LeBron destroyed the Thunder despite having arguably the best big 1-2 defensive punch in the league.
Perimeter defense will prove to be much more important to beating the Heat.
Would it be better if we had more big help? Of course, but I'm not sacrificing our perimeter defense to get it. I'll roll the dice with what we can get in the open market, unless a trade is made that really brings someone of significance, and even then the sacrificial lamb should come from our PF logjam.