Here's the article (coupled with a recession) that's messing up my day...the title is Do The Hawks Have a Back-Up Point Guard?
There are several things that bother me about this article.
1. It has no mention of the fact that both Woody and GM Sund have said that Flip Murray was brought here to backup both guard positions. While I disagree with the notion, there's no doubt that Flip Murray is our backup point guard.
2. Coach Woodson is quoted as saying that no minutes are guaranteed...well, I'd like for him to site one example where (sans injury) he played anyone outside of the top 8 players (Johnson, Horford, Smith, Evans, Pachulia, Bibby, Murray, Williams). As far as I'm concerned, the top 8 players are guaranteed minutes. Now, you may see a dip in Evans or Pachulia based on matchups or fouls, but I've yet to see extended minutes for any of the other 4 players unless it was injury aided. During a season where there are SEVERAL examples of the top 8 not coming 'ready to play' - you'd think that the other 4 players would merit seeing the floor to see if they were 'ready to play' some of those 'non-guaranteed' minutes.
3. Bibby did not join this team last year playing his best. His defense was terrible then and is terrible now. Given time, he has shown that he can be a capable offensive point guard for our team, but he didn't earn that distinction as a result of consistent point guard play. Why do I mention this? B/c it seems that that is the standard Law is being held to, though he isn't seeing more than 9 minutes a game (and really only 3-4 minutes, if at all, during meaningful times in the game or with the starting unit). How do you expect him to run a team he never plays with? How do you expect him to produce when at first mistake - he's headed back to the bench? Or better yet, how do you expect him to build on success when during the few times he has it - he doesn't even get back in the game OR play the following game?
Bottom line, no one knows if Law is ready, but I do know that Woodson has made it clear - he's not ready to allow us to find out the answer. And it's too bad b/c all year - the Blog Nation has been saying - what if Bibby gets hurt OR what if Bibby leaves in free agency? Then, what?
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