Not something I like to do, but... where the hell was Joel?
I hate doubting Nate's decisions, because he has been so right on with his choices for mostly the whole season...
but why does Joel sit out most of the 2nd half and both OTs? He was dominant on the boards and plugging up the middle during the stretch that we came back and then took the 6 point lead. Then he gets pulled and never returns. Only had 2 fouls, too.
A couple things about that decision really make me literally sick:
a) Lamarcus couldn't hit a shot, period. So explain to me how he is better than Joel when he is literally missing even his lay-ins? Better at rebounding? No. Better at blocking shots? No. On one of the rare nights that LA is so obviously off the mark, why not get Joel in there to take over on D? For those of you who weren't watching, I'm seriously telling you that Toronto was dunking all over the place.
b) We had several guys play over 35 mins tonight. The first game of a long road trip- 7 freaking games in 11 days. Is THAT not a good reason to put Pryz in the game???? Even if he wasn't playing well (which he was), you need to keep the mileage relatively low on guys like Martell, Outlaw, and LA. All of those guys played way too much considering the schedule in the coming 2 weeks. That's 3 of your top 4 scorers who will now have very tired legs against a running team tomorrow night in New Jersey.
Nate's strange decision regarding Joel may literally have cost us a couple more wins over the next few games. Hell, even Frye only played 24 mins, and he was SEVEN-for-TEN with SEVEN REBOUNDS. Why ride Outlaw and LA so long? Especially when they are trying to guard Bosh (38 points, 14 boards) and LA isn't contributing any offense??
Joel had 8 and 9 in 20 mins. Frye had 16 and 7 in 24 mins. This game was 58 mins long... what was Nate thinking playing both of those guys who were incredibly effective for way less than half the game?