1. Mark Jackson just went down some in my book. Why? After a miss, down by 5, with 30 and counting fewer and fewer seconds to go vs Philly tonight, down to under 20 i think it was....think about this now....he did NOT have his team foul and send the 6ers to the line.
Huh? Wha? He just stood there. The players didn't foul either (a truly heady vet would have gone over coach there.) You HAVE TO FOUL in that situation. You may not win, it's a long shot for sure. But if you do not foul you cannot win. It was CLEARLY a must foul situation (in fact i've noticed in other games, down by more, that he should start the fouling at the end of the game sooner, and didn't. He, MJ, seems to have a tactical flaw in this area.)
So why didn't Mark tell his team to foul? I really hope someone in the org, an assistant coach, or a front office person, has the guts to talk to Mark about this serious flaw.
2. Even a halfway decent game by Jack and they win. He's going to have tough ones, but after 3 stinkers a decent game would have done wonders tonight.
3. They clearly miss having Bogut's size in the middle. They need him back, somewhat healthy, to have any shot if/when they make the playoffs.
4. Letting other teams back into games when they're clearly better and have a big early lead.
What is it about this team that does that over and over? Is it youth? Do they subconsciously relax too much, not "put the clamps on," not "keep the pedal to the metal?" Whatever it is, they do this all the time.
Philly had lost 7 straight. By letting them back in the game (with dumb TOs, bad shots, typical young player stuff,) they gave the team and their crowd hope. That got the 6ers rolling, and the rest is history that so easily could have not happened that way.
Why can't these young guys grasp this? When you have a lead, don't let up, don't start getting loosey goosey out there feeling good. So what? You have a good lead. Be thorough, be persistent, be paranoid of even letting the lead down to 7 or so. Other words, this team really really seems to let up when things go their way for awhile. They don't seem to understand (even though they'd tell you they do) that they have to pretend the game is tied, at all times, never let up.
Big picture: We're still doing alright. The remaining balance of games highly tilted towards home games. I think they'll make the playoffs where they'll need Bogut to keep their interior from being abused. But it would really help if Mark was actually aware of end game tactical realities.