Why is it whenever something goes wrong the blame is put squarely on Sergio's shoulders? I'm not a fanboy or even a big fan of the guy but It seems people, including Quick & McMillian are all too happy to put it all on his defense whenever something goes wrong. The guy is supposed to be a run 'n gun PG and did a great job offensively, yet he is crucified for his defense even though I can hardly tell any difference on that end of the court when he or Blake's in the game.
Look, I'm not saying Sergio's defense was great, but that's only half of the picture. The real problem is the pick 'n roll: our defense against the pick and roll is just AWFUL. We switch everything, run under screens, and as a result, we get awful mismatches. This causes two problems, that are much much bigger.
Down low, we're left with an unfavorable rebounding situation. With Blake or Sergio battling centers and PFs, we can't box out. I'd love to see opponents rebounding rate on pick and roll plays where we switch versus other plays.
Up top, we have LMA or GO trying to shuffle their feet and keep up with driving guards or close out on 3 point shots. This causes quick foul trouble and easy 3s. Then Oden gets taken out and everyone blames him...even though when you watch his fouls, its usually on late rotations or results from him guarding a quicker, smaller player.
Sergio's D could have been better but it didn't cost us the game. Our pick 'n roll defense did. This game was lost by foul trouble, on the defensive boards, (and on the free throw line) . We need to work out a better system in defending the pick 'n roll.
...we also need to peek at Sloan and see how he gets so much out of his PFs. Boozer, Millsap, and now Koufos? Could you imagine if he schooled Oden a bit??