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Better Decision Making Needed vs OKC

 

As with any player in the NBA there comes times when an individual player feels the need to take a shot, when they really shouldn't. There are 3 players I have my eye on right now who should be more selective when taking their shots, Stevenson,Terry, and Marion. Touching lightly on some occurrences seen in Game 1 that could easily have our smiles turned to frowns if OKC would have capitalized on them. 

Terry can really get the eyes rolling when plays go stale (shot clock winding down?) and he decides to slash into the paint, heavily defended, for a wildly missed floater/ lay up. He should look to make a pass, or work to open up for a mid range jumper. Enough with the poor Derek Rose impersonations already, they result in  turnovers and/or points converted for OKC.

 Now on to Marion, whos hands seem to be in the "Matrix" with terrible ball handling. He posted up Harden once, using his size and skill  and made a savvy  maneuver to the rim for 2 pts, once. Several times he tried to take his defender off the dribble-drive resulting in scrappy turnovers. The man has poor handles and should look to pass more so then trying any sort of open court one on one action.

Finally, Stevenson, ohh Stevenson. Aside from his streaky contributions offensively, he too is not an offensive threat and  should look to pass accordingly. I have nothing more to say about him since, if he wasn't on the team, he would be completely off my radar. 

For years i've watched the Mav's with mixed emotions, happy for their successes and  equally shocked at how they falter. Game 1 was both historic and alarming simultaneously. We witnessed history but as it goes, OKC had an off and on game suffering the same fate as Sisyphus. In essence they will make adjustments and continue to play through Durant. OKC was in position to strike but faltered as Dirk milked, almost literally, Free Throws and Barea added his speedy scores to keeping them distraught and at bay. Its beautiful to see but with OKC's faults you can only wonder, what if? I don't like "what if" but rather more concrete results to look at.

In closing, people note the overall age of the Mav's, and with age comes experience. Experience I feel has been saving them at times when they could have buckled under pressure. Facing a high energy team like OKC, Dallas should really conserve theirs and take better shots. Don't rely on Westbrook missing shots and  the majority of OKC being in foul trouble to succeed.  Of course other aspects apply to winning but with any team, its always frustrating to see a 10, 15, 20 point lead whittled down to, "hey we might lose this game," scenario.

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