Trail Blazers 109, Timberwolves 103: The good and bad of Sam Mitchell


The pitchforks are out. The prickly Sam Mitchell has been old school and hard-nosed during the first 19 games of his interim stint with the Minnesota Timberwolves. He gets blamed in wins. He gets blamed for losses. He gets blamed for not building upon the surprise start to the regular season that has everybody wondering just how quickly this current roster build can get to the postseason.

For those of us covering the team (more locally than afar), the dismissive nature and rudeness of his Q&A sessions is growing tiresome. Now, that shouldn’t really have much to do with our assessment of his coaching job, but when we’re trying to figure out answers to why things go correctly or poorly and he acts like this… it leaves us up to filling in the gaps ourselves.

The question here is why did Sam take Karl-Anthony Towns out of the game with 37 seconds left and the Wolves down two. Towns’ defense has been good — not just good for a 20-year old rookie big man but good for any NBA player. When Mitchell saw Terry Stotts had replaced Ed Davis with Al-Farouq Aminu in the game, he brought Tayshaun Prince into the game to defend Aminu. The question for Sam was why take Towns out in this situation.

Mitchell’s response of the Blazers putting a small forward (Aminu) who can dribble into the game is fine, I guess (we’ll get into that in a minute). The idea of positional boxes to put players in is a bit archaic because the attributes should outweigh the listed position on a piece of paper, but there is merit to that. It’s the way he justifies it that is disheartening.

To then ask, “did y’all see that?” and correct Britt Robson about the Ed Davis mix-up by saying, “Before you ask me a question, make sure it’s the right question” is where you lose me (not that he would care he lost me; he once tried to kick me out of his office for asking him questions he knew I was there to ask and he agreed to answer).

Britt got it wrong and admitted such on Twitter. But the question was valid and the reasoning doesn’t appear to have an updated scouting report on both his player and the opposing team’s player. Aminu is technically a small forward (although he’s played a quarter of his time at the 4 this season). As far as one who can dribble, he’s had 85 drives this season and taken 44 shots on those drives. He’s shooting 27.3% on these shots and has registered just 42 points because he gets to the free throw line quite a bit. That’s a horrendous level of offensive production on drives.

Not to mention, if you’re going to have someone beat you, wouldn’t it be better to have them see a potential Aminu vs. Towns match-up and say, “there’s our go-to play” instead?

Towns is capable of staying with Aminu. Not only that, he’s also a much better rim protector than Gorgui Dieng is, despite the difference in experience. So far this season, Towns has defended 168 shots at the rim (8.8 per game) and allowed just 44.6%. Of players who defend at least 8 shots at the rim per game, Towns is the fourth best player in the league. Only Rudy Gobert (an absurd 35.7%), Brook Lopez (I have no idea), and Hassan Whiteside allow a lower percentage.

Dieng (who I’ve been tough on but has played much better the last two weeks) allows 55.8% on 5.5 attempts per game. Of all players defending at least 5.5 attempts at the rim per game, Dieng is the sixth worst rim protector in the NBA. This isn’t a new thing, either. In the chaos of last season, Gorgui allowed 55.7% at the rim in 10.5 attempts per game. He’s simply not the rim protector we assume he’s supposed to be.

There are many issues with this possession:


Ricky Rubio does a great job of denying Damian Lillard for as long as he did, but I’m not sure you’re ever keeping the ball out of his hands there. And let’s not pretend that Towns being in the game immediately stops this shot from Lillard from 1) happening or 2) going in. But it does appear to be a strategic mistake fraught with poor assumptions made by the coach. The fact that he catches someone asking a question in a mistake or with a loophole doesn’t absolve him of his mistake.

This leads to a greater question about what kind of job Mitchell has done. The majority of my interactions with fans during and after games (both wins and losses) are them killing Mitchell. He gets none of the credit for when things go well and seems to get 100% of the criticism (well, minus whatever overreaction we’re having to Zach LaVine) when things are bad. I want to start off with what Mitchell is doing correctly before we get to the problems with this team.

What Sam Mitchell is getting right

1. The thing I’m entirely sick of hearing about is Sam Mitchell getting blamed for the team losing big leads. You’re not praising him when the team gets the big lead so don’t kill him when the team loses the lead. This is the NBA and runs happen all the time. Great teams have them and have them happen against them. This is just a part of professional basketball.

The Wolves are one of the best first quarter teams in the NBA. They’re tied for ninth in first quarter net rating (+4.2) with the Bucks. That’s not nothing. Mitchell has them well-prepared and motivated to play the game. There’s no problem with admitting that’s the case.

2. Mitchell has fostered an identity of being aggressive attacking the defense. This has resulted in the Wolves ranking first in free throws per field goal attempt and third in overall free throw rate. Considering the Wolves shoot 80.6% from the free throw line (only 52 teams in NBA history have done this heading into the season), that’s a big advantage for keeping them competitive offensively.

3. The Wolves regularly play three 20-year old players and yet somehow are 14th in the NBA in turnover rate. A low turnover rate has often been a staple of Mitchell’s offenses (top 5 in all four full seasons coaching the Raptors). Teaching these guys how to value and take care of the ball is very important toward the development process, not just individually but from a team execution standpoint as well. Valuing the basketball is key toward playing a balanced attack.

4. Defensively, the Wolves have played inspired basketball. It’s been a bit of a roller coaster depending on how the Wolves have played defensively when Rubio is sitting out, but they currently sit 17th in the NBA in defensive rating. That comes with a difference between Rubio on the court (defensive rating of 94.4) and Rubio off the court (106.4). The Wolves don’t foul a lot and they defend the 3-point shot pretty well. Mitchell deserves credit for those defensive accomplishments.

What Sam Mitchell is getting wrong

Now let’s get to the problems of Mitchell. While I think it’s important to mention the credit Mitchell deserves (I’ve had people call him the worst coach in Wolves history which is just insulting to the legacies of Kurt Rambis and Randy Wittman), it is also important to recognize the things he does that holds everything back.

1. The offense is archaic. The sets are so simplistic that you really do see the individual talent of these young guys having to overcome the easy scouting to neutralize what the Wolves are running. I’ve had two different scouts and an executive tell me that if the Wolves weren’t so good at drawing fouls, they’d be down near Philadelphia as an offense. That’s not exactly a glowing endorsement of what they run.

There is a real math problem with the way the Wolves play. Much like last season, when the opponent hits a 3-pointer against the Wolves, it means the Wolves likely have to score on two possessions to overcome it. Mitchell has alluded to the idea that a lot of teams don’t run plays designed to get 3-point looks. It’s 2015 and it’s embarrassing if you still have this mindset. As I pointed out in this breakdown of Andrew Wiggins as a go-to scorer on (SELF-WHORING ALERT), that’s simply not true.


These types of plays simply aren’t being thought up for the Wolves and it puts them behind the 8-ball. They take the most midrange shots in the NBA, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing (San Antonio is right there with them) except they’re not particularly good at them. They’re 16th in the NBA in midrange field goal percentage, so what is the benefit of taking so many of them?

The Wolves have also taken 49 corner 3-point attempts and made 18 this season. To put that in perspective, Trevor Ariza has taken 64 corner 3’s this season. Al-Farouq Aminu is just behind the Wolves at 48 attempts. Klay Thompson and Hollis Thompson have attempted 40 each. Ariza has eight more makes from the corner 3 than the Wolves have. Four players have 17 makes from the corners this season. How are the Wolves so bad at setting up what is thought to be such an efficient and easy shot?

They simply don’t have the floor-spacing designed to maximize what they want to do and that’s a horrendous logistical problem for the Wolves. The Wolves are 12th in the NBA in field goal percentage, but that’s mostly because they’re so good at the rim. Everywhere else, they’re mediocre and there doesn’t appear to be a fix in sight. That’s why they’re 22nd in effective field goal percentage.

2. As good as the Wolves’ defense has been (relatively speaking when compared to our expectations), they’re pretty bad at defending the rim (outside of Towns). Wolves are 15th in restricted area attempts allowed per game and fifth worst in restricted area percentage allowed. They’re the fourth worst team at defending ball handlers in the pick-and-roll, which is problematic in a league that is pick-and-roll heavy. They’re bad at defending hand-offs, they’re bad at defending guys coming off screens, and they’re bad defending in transition.

The majority of this (outside of the transition) is due to the defensive scheme of the Wolves going under the screen. This relates to not respecting the 3-point shot, which is just an antiquated way of coaching. You don’t have to be extreme in your love or acceptance of the 3-point line, but you should respect its effectiveness and the Wolves don’t do that by constantly going under the screen.

I’d love to ask Sam about the strategy behind this, but I doubt he’d respect me or anybody asking enough to give a real answer about it.

3. Where are the in-game adjustments? The Wolves have been good at getting leads in the first quarter. They’re also the sixth worst team in second quarters (-4.7 per 100) and the sixth worst team in third quarters (-10.7 per 100). The Wolves do a great job of getting a lot of those points back in the fourth quarter (sixth best at +7.8 per 100), but the holes they put themselves as the opponents adjust in the middle of the game put them in bad positions late in the game.

This also ties into the rotations and lineups Mitchell has fumbled often. I have no problem with the games in which Towns is playing poorly and gets limited time (or even no time) in the fourth quarter because of it. That can be a teachable moment for Towns. I do have an issue with Towns playing well and getting his fourth quarter minutes yanked. Even if you’re developing Gorgui Dieng in the process (which may be more important than Towns), you can actually play the both of them pretty evenly, if not at the same time.

There’s a lot of good going on with this team and Mitchell deserves credit for it. But he’s also limiting what they’re capable of in this development season and seems to be unwilling to explain answers to the questions we have about it. This was a tough situation to take over and he’s doing a pretty solid job considering. But it can be better, it should get better, and I’m not sure it actually will.

You saw Saturday night the difference between a coach like Terry Stotts and what Sam Mitchell does for this team.

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  1. Paul says:

    Thanks for writing this. I share the same observations. And a few other notes…

    The reason they’re so bad in the 2nd and 3rd QTRs is because he rarely plays his best players in those QTRs, Towns included. I’d love to see a breakdown of the minutes played by QTRs of the players on the Wolves. As far as Dieng getting developed, it should not be a the expense of Towns. It should be at the “expense” of Payne, Prince, Garnett, but not Towns. Even in foul trouble situation, Towns NEEDS to FIGURE it out. He has YET to foul out of a game this year. He needs to figure out how to play with 4-5 fouls in the 3rd and 4th QTR in these games. NOT when we’re in the playoffs X years down the road.

    +1, for floor spacing is AWFUL for this team. Some of the WORST I’ve seen in a team, especially for a team that shoots mostly mid-range jumpers (smaller floor). Also, it wasn’t until the past 2 games that Towns faced up when catching the ball in the 18-24 ft range. He’s shooting 55% there. He needs to always face up for that. If the defender stays put. He’s gotta ‘heat check’ himself on that. With better 3-corner spacing (Muhammad, Martin, etc) Lavine would have much better driving lanes for all those times he’s stripped.

    Also, to your point, the 3-ball. I can count on 2 hands how many times I’ve seen our best 3-pt shooters giving Towns a feed in the post at at the top of the key while Towns is fed in the post. We have little to no kick-outs for those 3’s like MOST teams are doing. Towns is a way better 3-pt shooter than Boogie Cousins, but Cousins somehow gets 6 3-pt shots per game. Other times, the off-ball high post screen for Lavine to roll around…seen it 3 times with Rubio/Miller feeding him that shot. That needs to happen (at least try) 3-5 times a game for Lavine. Lastly, Towns on the screener – have we not seen him jump out for a 3 at all? I mean, the NBA stats show if you shoot 35% from 3 it’s better than 50% from 2 for the course of a game. I bet Towns can shoot 35%. Try this with Lavine/Muahammad and Towns. But again, these guys are rarely on the court together with Towns. They should be.

  2. Lagley says:

    One big issue is players like Dieng, Bazz, Lavine, Martin and Payne have no natural inclination to pass the ball so the offense however designed, retracts to a basic one v one (Wiggins….)

  3. gjk says:

    To get this out of the way, why does it seem like whenever the Wolves start having some success against the Blazers, they re-tool their team and start beating on them again? It happened in ’03, ’11, and now. It gets annoying to lose to the same teams consistently. I know part of that’s just the result of consistent losing, but there’s still some teams that they can’t seem to be consistently competitive with and others that they still do okay against.

    As for Sam, I’m still trying to figure out how much of this team’s defensive improvement is him compared to having KG, Ricky, Towns, and Prince. In a small sample, this team was average defensively last season when KG and Ricky shared the floor, and they added a very good rim protector and an above-average team defender, while Bjelica has been a pleasant surprise with how well he strings out the ballhandler on pick and rolls.

    And if that defensive improvement has more to do with personnel than him, there’s no excuse for how little they emphasized offense in camp. This offense has essentially made Kevin Martin borderline unplayable because it forces him to create his own shots too much. I wasn’t expecting a full, advanced offense due to the circumstances surrounding Mitchell taking on the head job, but these sets really don’t do their smarter guys any favors. They’d be better off running the Rick Adelman lockout offense with just constant pick and rolls and parking the non-Wiggins wing in the corner. The weird thing is that they ran something like that when Rudez was getting minutes at the 4 last week, and it looked better than anything else they’ve done this season.

    • Tim says:

      Dude, the Blazers have owned us for as long as I remember! Even during all their down years. Besides teams that were actually good, you always knew that the Blazers would beat us somehow – even during the Pryzbilla years.

      • gjk says:

        Right, it’s completely weird. In ’03, the Wolves won 3 out of 4, and the Blazers tanked the last game of the season so they could get the 6 seed and avoid them in the first round. The next year, they let Stoudamire walk, traded Wallace and Wells, fired their coach, and took 3 of 4 from the best team in Wolves history. In ’11, they lost 2 of 3, fired their coach, traded Gerald Wallace and Camby, and went back to dominating the Wolves the next season. Last season, the Wolves got 2 of their 16 wins against them, and they lost Aldridge, traded Batum, and let 2 other starters walk in free agency.

  4. Jusin says:

    Fire Mitchell. The offense is anemic with Sam and the odd lineups and horrific substitutions are too much for me. He’s never willing to call timeouts when momentum is clearly shifting. Why can’t they still run all the same offensive shifts and plàys they ran under flip.

  5. Jusin says:

    Fire Mitchell. The offense is anemic with Sam and the odd lineups and horrific substitutions are too much for me. He’s never willing to call timeouts when momentum is clearly shifting. Why can’t they still run all the same offensive shifts and plàys they ran under flip. I would rather they let Ryan Saunders try running the show the rest of the season. Mitchell doesn’t seem to care if they win or lose.

  6. pyrrol says:

    Like your thought here, Zach. I agree with gjk, too in that Sam has had the addition of some personnel help on D. I do believe, to his credit, that he has emphasized defense, and it is such a pleasure to watch a team that can defend. For that reason, I appreciate Sam, but as the season goes on I feel less gracious toward him. The Dieng over Towns thing was just confusing, we take too many long 2’s, we do too many isos, we don’t adjust or game plan other teams as well as they do us, we struggle with ball movement. As Zach points out, our offense is very basic and easy for other teams to pick up on, so they are able to adjust to us easily and we don’t do much adjusting. This makes it tough on our players.

    From more of a fan wanting fun perspective, our offense is stale, poorly spaced and seems designed to ‘de-emphasize’ passing. This is really odd because we have Rubio, one of the best passers in the NBA running point. It feels like he’s a lobster with rubber bands on his claws right now. It’s not as fun as it could be.

    I think the way Sam is acting towards the media is part of why fans are currently getting less willing to look past his weaknesses. It’s just not endearing. Fans like the media—they ask questions that we want to hear, help us follow our sport and in a way are like professional fans insomuch as the passion for and knowledge of the sport goes. In fan’s eyes it does Sam no good to kick the media around and refuse to answer normal questions.

    To gjk’s point, I was thinking about the same thing in regards to Portland. We’ve beat some decent teams this season–Chicago, Atlanta (Twice!) and Miami. Arguably, all these teams are better than Portland–they certainly do more things well than Portland. Why can’t we beat them? It’s frustrating and they are just the type of team I dislike watching.

  7. finchy74 says:

    Was at the game last night. I mentioned to the wife as we left TC that I suspected most of the post-game chatter would revolve around Sam’s rotations. In a vacuum, there was far more to the Wolves losing this game than Sam’s coaching but I understand why you’re highlighting it here, Zack. With the team doing unexpectedly well, it’s difficult not to look at the decisions that are keeping them from being even better. As usual, this site offers nuanced, dispassionate criticism which I greatly appreciate. I felt the need to vent last night after getting home from the game and with no article posted here at the time, I made the mistake of visiting Canus Hoopis. The criticisms in the comments were as nuanced as usual (Mitchell sucks, Adreian Payne is the worst basketball player EVAR) with the added bonus of one commenter stating that Mitchell’s skin color is what’s holding the team back.

    Okay, that’s out of my system now.

    Mud-slinging aside, the 2nd half last night was frustrating for all the items you mentioned, Zack and then some.

    -I attend 25-30 Wolves games a season. From the floor this was one of the most poorly officiated games I’ve ever seen. The officials were hyper-focused on fouls away from the ball which initially benefited the wolves in the first half. The 2nd half felt like (at times) a non-stop chorus of whistles. The Wolves struggled to get to the line despite plenty of contact, but Gorgui Deng attempting to gain position 60 feet away from the ball did draw attention from the officials. Every crew has their own style of officiating, but players can adapt game by game as long as that officiating is consistent for 48 minutes which was not the case last night.

    -Nemanja Bjelica has got to become a more selfish player. Several times last night he had opportunities for uncontested 3’s or a good look from mid-range and instead elected to pass. I greatly appreciate unselfish play but he’s a player that’s capable of making those shots and needs to take them.

    -In the first half, Wiggins and Martin were aggressive to the paint and took several trips to the line between the two of them. In the 2nd half, Wiggins in particular was consistently settling for long 2’s.

    -Lillard and McCollum made some annoyingly difficult shots at crunch time. The Wolves played solid defense on both but to their credit, Lillard and McCollum sank some tough shots in the last few minutes to win that game.

    -I’ve haven’t had much of a problem with Mitchell sitting KAT at crunch time, but last night really bugged me. KAT’s play earned him the right to finish out that game, especially when the tactical reasons were highly questionable.

    It was immensely frustrating to see a good effort wasted. These are the types of losses that can undermine the confidence of a young team.

    Aside from the game itself, Mitchell’s demeanor with the press is frustrating. I like and respect Sam. He was my favorite Wolves player during their expansion year. He’s brought a lot of positives to this team, especially the renewed focus on defense. He’s taking on a job that he didn’t expect to have under what are literally the worst possible circumstances. But the bottom line is that Sam comes off as a jerk. Arrogant, defensive, and at times deliberately obtuse. He’s certainly not going to convince anyone in the media to take it easy on him which is a bit foolish under the best of circumstances and just plain stupid when there’s plenty of material to criticize. It makes it very easy to ignore the good things he’s doing.

  8. Tim says:

    I never knew that Sam Mitchell acted like this. Maybe it is new because something else is going on, but I was always under the impression that he was an all-time favorite Timberwolf by almost everybody.

    Also, playing Dieng instead of Towns so much now doesn’t make sense to me either. Not to take anything away from Dieng because he is playing great, but he can’t impact a game on both ends of the floor the way Towns can. Maybe the ‘avoiding burnout’ reason is legit, but it is hard to believe that is the only reason. If Towns is being limited now in favor of Dieng I’m wondering what happens if/when Pek makes it back. There’s no way he rides the pine although I’m sure he’ll have minutes restrictions to avoid another similar injury. Who’s minutes does he take? Towns’? Dieng’s? Some of both? So far this year Towns has (for the most part) played really, really well. He has made a lot of big plays in a lot of big spots. I feel like you just let him loose to fully own the fact that he is a cornerstone of this franchise for many years to come. Wiggins played a billion minutes last year and you can see his growth. My opinion is that Towns is one you can treat the same way – unless there is some unknown injury no one is talking about. It will be interesting to see how this continues to play out!

  9. Nate says:


    I also think this is a good breakdown of the work that Sam Mitchell is doing, however I have a couple questions related to what you said.

    1) In the first section where you talk about ‘What Sam Mitchell is Doing Right’ you say that the defensive strategy that he employs is a good thing. You talk about how the defense has improved. However, in your second section where you talk about ‘What Sam Mitchell is Getting Wrong’ you talk about how Sam Mitchell’s insistence on going under the screen every. single. time. is just plain foolish. If you ask me, those two points go against one another.

    I would argue that the reason the defense has improved has significantly less to do with Mitchell (the stats that you share in section 1 and significantly more to do with the fact that Rubio is playing, Towns is a stud, Wiggins has grown a bit, and KG has taught the team how to play with one another. I honestly think that the improvement that we have seen with the Timberwolves on the defensive end was inevitable because of the players that we have. Dieng is not a good rim protector. So, having Towns (a very good rim protector) playing more minutes and having Dieng not play as many minutes will change the stats for the Timberwolves without any coaching at all. It’s just the difference in skill level that this team has compared to last year.

    2) You talk in the first section about how it is not Mitchell’s fault that the Timberwolves continually lose leads. However in the second section, you talk about how Mitchell’s subbing patterns are often fumbled. I would argue that yes the players deserve some blame, however Mitchell’s insistence to run a lineup completely of second unit players for long stretches at a time is his fault and is the cause for a number of blown leads. I think the Timberwolves are one of the only teams that do the ‘mass substitutions’ and have long stretches where there isn’t a single Starter on the floor. When a team comes back on the Wolves and the bench is on the floor, that has everything to do with Mitchell. The bench players are bench players for a reason. I have not seen a single game where the Wolves staters have been on the bench, the other team makes a run, and Mitchell subs back in the starters before the lead was lost. I have seen many games where Mitchell waits until after the other team is in the lead to put the starters in. That’s absolutely on Mitchell.

  10. Tom says:

    I think you answered your own question with what your experts said about the offense. It is simple because of who is on the floor. KAT, Wiggins, LaVine, Dieng, Shabazz, AP and Belli are very new to this league and Rubio hasn’t been healthy enough to know these guys to demand spacing and more precision cuts to the basket or to open spaces, or understand how to defend teams late in games. They haven’t had a lot of time to jell in practice and know each other. Notice how few good lob passes Rubio has made this year over his rookie season. Mitchell’s offense is good enough to win games.

    As for playing time and Sam’s use of players, KAT was a part time player for one year at KY and now you want him to slog major minutes and hit the wall in January? He isn’t playing a guard position, he is playing a position where he is getting pounded every game. Dieng is someone the team needs to get a read on and maybe dangle as trade bait. IF Pek comes back, he offers another low post scorer that could work with our bigs and that reduces the minutes for AP and Dieng even more. With the playing time these guys have gotten, you may be able to get something from a team looking to add a big and replace the pick you may lose because Flip wanted AP. Just like OKC couldn’t keep Hardin and others, we need to remember that Wiggins, KAT and possibly LaVine will tie up a lot of money, with Rubio and Pek. That means that we need to replace guys with young versions of KG, Tay and The Professor and one pick a year isn’t going to do it. Trades will need to be made.

    The only knock I can see with Sam is that he is more patient with opponent runs, at home, than most fans would be. I’m sure Glen isn’t happy to see the empty seats and another home loss. I am hoping that as the year goes on, his willingness to put his starters back in will get faster and more polished. I wish he had more willingness to put Rudez on the floor for three point scoring. I also wish we had a younger veteran back up point guard, so Zach can play his more natural position of SG. Miller is truly a pleasure to watch, but he can only play so many minutes and Tyus isn’t ready this year.

    Just because you dunderheads in the media have to work for getting good copy isn’t Sam’s fault. Most of you lazy writers want it handed to you on a silver platter asking stupid questions and wanting the coach to bail you out. Remember, Sam was supposed to be Flip’s assistant until a month before the season. His bench coaches are probably not giving his a tone of help. Cut him some slack until January. After the trade deadline, we can start holding Sam accountable for wins and loses.

  11. sportsbygreg says:

    It’s simple:

    1. Archaic offensive system
    2. Bad decisions in the line-ups with combinations.. KG and Prince or literally wasted minutes and should be literally at the end of the bench and coaching from the sidelines. KG is LIFELESS at this point and Prince would not even see the floor on any other team, has not been relevant in seven years. Zach LaVine should be starting at shooting guard and getting Andrew Wiggins type minutes. Martin is a joke at this point and why hinder a guy (LaVine) who has superstar potential AND he can get his on shot, create for others as well as help out on the boards. Martin can’t do any of that or play defense. Martin should be coming off the bench AFTER Muhammed. It’s time to turn LaVine loose and put him in the starting lineup. I would start Bjleca and let Payne get the remainder of those minutes. At least he provides energy and can knock down an occasional 3ball. Again, KG is literally LIFELESS at this point. Miller should get more time behind Rubio BUT I would find a way to get a proven leader and floor general like Tyus Jones rolling, too.
    3. The team needs some damn heart. They are very physically weak and soft and mentally fragile, get punked easy and don’t know how to stop the bleeding. Have a losers mentality and does not realize that it’s okay to have a good team NOW.
    5. 40-42 type of mentality. I guess their going for Ben Simmons, too.
    6. SAD….

  12. Steve McPherson says:


  13. Sara Zimmiel says:

    He is by far the worst coach in the NBA. He is screwing up everything that Saunders had all set up for that team, he is holding back the young guys to play the older guys, when that isn’t what Saunders wanted!

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