Why Doesn't Grant Hill Start vs Kevin Durant?

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...get the start vs KD? Try something different

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I don't even know why he didn't even play in one ofthe two games in the midwestern road trip in Indiana and Cleveland. Yes, we won both games, but I think it's time to get him going. You don't want him exhausted, but you don't want him rusty, either.

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Hill is better than guys getting minutes and should be the go to guy for matchups like Durant so I'm confused as well.

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saving him to be our secret weapon come playoff time.

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Hill can defend melo and Durant. He plays smart position defense by keeping his man in front of him and contesting shots.

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This seems the consensus or at least why didnt he try DJ?

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Hill is one of the very few guys in the league that knows how to play old school 90's D. He'll be big in the playoffs.

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It's a easy answer coaching. Did hill shut down melo ?yes. Does Bledsoe play incredible defense

? Yes. Does Dj bring interior defense a threat of shot blocking? Yes.

And none of these guys play enough minutes. I still can't figure out how Bledsoe can't

Get on the floor more. It blows me away. Hill had to play more minutes against Durant just crazy.

VDN learned nothing from the knick game nor the spurs game.

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This, pretty much. And the fact that I'd rather have him fresh for the 4th than burn him out early. None of us are there in practice to see how gassed he gets how quickly.

Dude is 40... it's a miracle he can still compete in the league at all.

toohipcliptoslip
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Wasn't Malone a monster at 40?

(I'm well over 40 btw)

LobAngelesBlakers
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Bledsoe has been very erratic lately and has made a lot of dumb choices with the ball.

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Hill is a great defender, but more than anything else, because of his status in the league is ALLOWED to play defense. He won't get called for the ticky-tack fouls that most players get for looking at Durant the wrong way. It's one of the reasons Jason Kidd guards Kobe very well. The refs permit them to actually play defense.

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that may be, but the refs are protecting durant at a ridiculous rate. even more than kobe.

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I agree. And no offense to him, but he's too old to be playing in every game anyway. You got to save his legs for the most important time of the year, the playoffs. As long as he's not too rusty, he should be a huge piece to use winning the championship.

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Well, if we run into these guys in the playoffs, we have to try lots of different stuff.

I would suggest:

starting hill at sf to shut down durant

starting bledsoe at (opposite CP3) to shut down westbrook

That should be those two players' only mission. No offense needed. Just frustrate those players.

Mix in lots of Barnes on whomever is getting hot

And then of course lots of zone

And I think we have a chance.

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With zone we outscored them 28-10, we should use that zone more often, and I think DJ should still be in game in 4th, he has the length we need.

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