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Date Posted: 22:08:47 02/11/08 Mon
Author: classIobserver
Subject: winning is the TEAM goal
In reply to: saw that game also 's message, "Winning is the goal" on 20:19:43 02/11/08 Mon

sorry for the lag in my response - working on Taxes tonight!

Winning is the team goal! OR has shown that all year. you dont see one player taking a huge majority of the shots each night.

I disagree that McLaughlin tried everything, he did not realize that every time a teammate came out to set a pick for him, that the OR defender just jumped the screen and went into an immediate double team. A smart player would have noticed the situation and gotten away from that play call. if you were at the game, you should have seen this.

He often makes bad choices on when to shoot. Think back to that game, remember how almost every STA possesion was done almost as quci as it started. Its like they think they are playing with a 15 seconnd shot clock or something. In contrast, OR's possesions were methodical, many of them lasting 30 to 40 seconds. Since McLaughlin is the one taking about 75% of STAs shots now, it falls to him to be smarter about the shots he takes & when during the possesion he takes them. Did you notice if STA has the ball in a clear "one-shot" situation, you can bet he will take the shot and allow the other team a possesion they never should have. You NEVER see OR shoot the ball at the end of a quarter with 10 or 15 seconds left on the clock.

He is a good competitor, but needs to recognize his own limitations and start to make the players around him better. STA is not going to make the tournament, at best with their remaining schedule, they will finish 5-13. Personally, I dont think the team ever recovered mentally from losing the Carr kid before the season started. There were huge expectations on how Carr & McLaughlin would be an almost unstoppable inside-outside combo. McLaughlin's job now as a team leader is to make the group of juniors on that team ready for next year. That means surrendering some of his shot opportunitites to get the ball to open teammates, even if they struggle to make the shots.

ok....back to Schedule A.....

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