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Elephant in the Room

Posted: 01/17/2013 7:30 AM

Elephant in the Room 


Ok, time to talk about something no one seems to want to talk about: James Douglas

Simply put, we need more from him if he is going to be our 7th guy. 13 minutes a game is not enough. Need a minimum of 20 minutes, with 25 ideal.

How does he go from Freshman of the Year in the Big Sky, hitting 38% of his three-point attempts, leading scorer on the team to hitting 20% this year? And I can't remember his last attempt that was even close.

Bottom line is foul trouble is holding us back and we need to play much more aggressive defense if we want to continue winning games. To do that, we need more minutes from out 7th guy or we need to find someone else who can give us 10.
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Posted: 01/17/2013 7:52 AM

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He appears overwhelmed...not by D1 or anything else, but the fact that there is high major talent playing in front of him and their immediate backup can out jump 7 footers.
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Posted: 01/17/2013 10:07 AM

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TitanCentral wrote: Ok, time to talk about something no one seems to want to talk about: James Douglas

Simply put, we need more from him if he is going to be our 7th guy. 13 minutes a game is not enough. Need a minimum of 20 minutes, with 25 ideal.

How does he go from Freshman of the Year in the Big Sky, hitting 38% of his three-point attempts, leading scorer on the team to hitting 20% this year? And I can't remember his last attempt that was even close.

Bottom line is foul trouble is holding us back and we need to play much more aggressive defense if we want to continue winning games. To do that, we need more minutes from out 7th guy or we need to find someone else who can give us 10.
To do that you would have to take at least 7 minutes away from DJ, Kwame and Alex...I don't think thats possible right now...It's hard to be offensively productive when you play  a minute or two then come out the game...Next year he will be a better player when he will be required to play more and not look over his shoulder...
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Posted: 01/17/2013 11:15 AM

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he needs to be able to be counted on for 20 minutes of effective play.  you never know when one of the big guns is going to need to spend additional minutes on the pine because of foul trouble.  he does not need to be expected to take away some of their quality minutes, but needs to be effective when called in from the bullpen.  not easy to do, but that is reality.  that is his current lot in Titan bball life
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Posted: 01/17/2013 1:21 PM

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I am so ashamed of all of you.

A rational discussion of a real problem.

How dare you?
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Posted: 01/17/2013 1:46 PM

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He is only playing 10 minutes a game in the 4 conference matchups.

Bright side is he only has 2 turnovers in 40 conference minutes. I thought his major weakness in the non-conference was the turnovers, we don't really need him to shoot.

He appears to be a good FT shooter, so maybe he should be driving to the dish or passing.
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Posted: 01/17/2013 3:48 PM

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csuf78 wrote: he needs to be able to be counted on for 20 minutes of effective play.  you never know when one of the big guns is going to need to spend additional minutes on the pine because of foul trouble.  he does not need to be expected to take away some of their quality minutes, but needs to be effective when called in from the bullpen.  not easy to do, but that is reality.  that is his current lot in Titan bball life
I hear what you are saying but if you were Andy how and where would you give him 20 minutes a game?
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Posted: 01/17/2013 5:38 PM

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J - I'm not advocating he get 20 min...I'm saying he needs to be prepared to give 20 GOOD minutes (when called upon), even when only getting 10 minutes twice a week now.  not an easy task, kind of like being a bigtime pinch hitter.  especially difficult for a young (non-vbeteran) guy.
Go Titans!
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Posted: 01/17/2013 6:55 PM

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jjohnson111 wrote:
I hear what you are saying but if you were Andy how and where would you give him 20 minutes a game?

As Andy stated in the video, he would like to press more and be more aggressive on defense but they are worried about fouls since they are basically in a 6-man rotation. 20 minutes is not a lot to ask especially when you consider one or more of our four starting guards usually gets two early fouls in the first half (don't forget Yeager) and he plays very little in the second half.

I am not advocating we play him because he's simply not performing right now, just wondering what happened to his shot and perhaps his confidence in other areas, like passing and going to the basket. He has had some moments and has had every opportunity but just hasn't been able to turn the corner for whatever reasons. Someone mentioned an eye test but I really doubt that is the case.
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Posted: 01/17/2013 11:01 PM

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He is definitely discouraged.  But so is Sammy regularly, and DJ and Kwame joined him tonight.  Andy seams so very upbeat, yet the players are often down.  I don't think it is his motivational ability, but perhaps instead is a lack of confidence in Andy.

 

They were also discouraged tonight because they did not have an answer to the Irvine zone.  As much as we love the big three's ability to score, the fact is that none of the three have quick feet.  The two Irvine players at the top of the key were able to go all of the way out to the three point line, yet the big three were not able to go around them.  Great game plan by Irvine, with no answer by Fullerton, as we could not dump the ball into the paint behind those two defenders. 

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