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Oregon's success on Thursday could be determined by their ability or lack thereof of preventing Marcus Smart from creating plays.
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I like the idea of starting with Artis on him. I think he will have the speed to keep Smart in front of him and, hopefully, pick his pocket a few times. I'm assuming we'll roll with a couple of different zones on defense. Maybe even play some man to throw them off?
Putting Loyd on Smart just doesn't seem like a good idea. I know outside shooting isn't Smarts strength, but being able to shoot over Loyd would give them too big of an advantage. Then again, maybe Loyd's quickness would work well.
Initially I was thinking that Emory might be a good option, but I don't know if he has the quickness to contain Smart.
I'm thinking the Artis/Loyd/Dotson will have to bear the responsibility of keeping Smart out of the paint, and the rest of the team will have to help if he's able to penetrate. This is another reason why Woods and Kazemi will need to play the game of their life.
This post was edited by LetMeSeeYourO on 3/20/2013 at 11:18 PM
The best D against a big pg is to let our pg run him ragged on the d side of things. I'm guessing for how much everyone is scarred we can't stop him on d, both are guys will have the quickness advantage when we have the ball. Make him chase them ran him around. Hey I remember a team back in the early 90s who had this superior 6'4 pg who played d with the best of them EVER. And some no name 12 seed took them out. I'm guessing for how good smart is, he's no Gary Payton, and if Artis is healthy he can give him fits.
Granted Smart is a huge problem. Question, what is DA going to game plan for the other 2 guys that are averaging 15+ points the same as Smart? The other gaurd in fact has almost has identical stats as smart. What about shutting them down and let Smart make his? Just wondering?
Smart may compare to Kidd (or Cobbs/Crabbe), but can't shoot 3s like Kidd (or Cobbs/Crabbe). Agree that on D our small PGs, esp. Loyd, would only be good at staying with him, in front of him, drawing charges or steals. But he could pass and shoot right over them. Might try them early to see how harassing they can be, but switch to Dot or Carlos if size/athleticism is required. Rotating defenders might also mess him up a little. Interesting to see what Altman has planned. If Ducks can wear him down and get him in foul trouble early, they should gain a big advantage in the game. Just stay with the Cowboys or lead early – don't get in a hole. They supposedly play good D themselves.
This post was edited by rgyle on 3/21/2013 at 12:31 PM
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