Jan 18

Go With the Kid

By iggymo
Somebody tell me why, when we started the 4th with 13 straight points and Nolan Smith at the #2 (or #1, who can tell these days?), did Nate decide it was time to bring back Raymond to finish up? Sure, Jamal had a pretty good night, at least by recent standards, but there was no reason for the Hawks not to double team off Raymond, whereas Nolan had hit a three and made some nice ball control plays. And even if Nolan had done nothing at all, there was some chemistry going on there. Nolan will be our point man by the end of the season. He does so many things well, even as a rookie. His confidence will rise with more play. Put him in and let him go. Then Raymond can bring his energy and drive to the 2nd unit. I just have a feeling that wins will be hard to come by when we shoot 25%, and there's no sign that's gonna stop.
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  1. I liked Nolan's minutes as well. He seemed very comfortable and I didn't notice any of the typical "rookie mistakes." It will be interesting to see if Nate keeps giving him some minutes.

    by sarahhecht on 1/19/2012 10:44 AM
  2. I wouldn't go as far as let Nolan start and Felton be a back up. Can you imagine what that will do to Felton with only 14 games into the season? I agree that Nolan needs to play more minutes and be allowed to make the rookie mistakes.

    by BBF on 1/19/2012 11:27 AM
  3. Hi BBF. I wasn't suggesting that Nolan start right now, but by the last month of the season he'll still be young and sharp. By then the competition for starter should be intense. Every night we face younger, faster, smarter guards who can finish at the rim. Our only real hope for that person is Nolan. We must remember that he did play 4 years for Duke, unlike some of our recent acquisitions. Just give him a chance, that's all I ask. Same with Nic and same with Elliot. Just a chance.

    by iggymo on 1/19/2012 11:52 AM
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