Jason Kidd: “One night, we might take 150…”
Rather smooth and monotonous. That’s how you describe Jason Kidd in a press conference. After his team’s loss to the Hawks, the Mavs coach was a little more expressive than usual.
His appearance in front of the press begins with a question about the adjustments related to some player injury returns. But the Texan technician prefers to dwell on a completely different aspect to explain this contraction. ” Regardless of the team’s record, everyone in this league is scoring or capable. So you have to defend. Right now, we are not defensive “, he said fatally.
Last night, the Hawks, who recorded their fourth straight victory, didn’t have to worry about scoring: 130 points were scored on 57% success, including 50% from long range. Behind Trae Young (18 points on 5/11 shooting and 12 assists), at least seven other players reached or surpassed the 10-point mark.
Above all, this meeting is after two defeats received on the floor of the Blazers with 136, then 140 points received, and each time more than 50% victory for Damian Lillard and his band. How to remobilize this defense then?
It doesn’t matter if you have Luka, Kareem or LeBron
” If it is in this group, then we have to keep asking or asking to defend these people. This is not the only attack. Tonight, we scored 130 points and the opposing team scored 57%. This is (comparable to) a shooting session. Doing that in this league, it doesn’t matter if you have Luka (so), Kareem (Abdul Jabbar) or LeBron (James), you will lose No matter how many points you get, you’re always missing something “, continued Jason Kidd.
However, his team improved on the field last season. With 109 points conceded per 100 possessions, this is still the 6th best defense in the country. This year ? A drop to… 25th place with 115 points received. ” So until we put more effort in defense and we understand what we have to do, we will score 120 points, but we will take 130, 140. One evening, we will take 150, but it will be fine because we will have scored. “, he sneers.
For the “defense” of his team, it should be noted that Jason Kidd was deprived of two of his best elements, who were injured, on the field. Tonight, Dorian Finney-Smith (adductor) and Josh Green (elbow) missed 14 and 20 games respectively. It should be noted that in their last 15 games, the Mavs have won consistently (9v-6d) but their defense has sunk (120 points from 100 possessions).
That is why Luka Doncic said, by a clear conclusion: ” We are good in attack. We just have to make sure to give the same effort to the defense. »
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