NBA Roundtable

NBA Finals Thoughts: Sam Cassell

In 2008 NBA Finals, 2008 NBA Playoffs on June 3, 2008 at 5:34 pm

Well I imagine this post will be short and sweet …. Sammy shouldn’t be playing.

Jordan Farmar is the leader of the Lakers bench. He’s their most capable player, their best go-to scorer and most reliable creator/playmaker. He’s also the best point guard off the dribble that Sammy have faced outside of Chauncey Billups (I’m not really considering Stuckey there because Hunter nearly always came in at the point to defend Sam/Eddie but I’d rate Stuckey ahead of Farmar too). Better than Bibby, West, Gibson, Jones, Hunter. Sam is a weak defender and is particularly vulnerable against quick penetrating point guards. Playing Sammy makes Farmar a much bigger factor than he should be and alleviates some of Kobe’s scoring burden. This is a big enough, an important enough reason, to disclude Sammy from the off.

On another note, Sammy’s shooting, Sam has 3 made field goals from his last 26 attempts. He hasn’t been shooting the ball lately. That said I don’t think that continues but I know many Celtics’ fans feel otherwise so I thought I’d give it a quick mention.

Sammy shouldn’t play.

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  1. Yeah it’s funny how people (Celtics fans mostly) thought Cassell would be such a terrific addition. PER on the decline the last 3 years, he’s never had great range with his shot, and he’s 38 years old.

    In the end, I can’t fault Boston for getting him- he’s always been halfway decent at taking care of the ball (nice 11% turnover rate in Boston thus far), but seriously they need to somehow prevent him from shooting.

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