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Outlaw's "Defense"

I in no way want this to be a post about Outlaw's overall effectiveness or his fit on this team.  That's been debated a million times over.  Regardless of how poor his defense is, his offense generally makes up for it.  I do however want everyone else to be forced to endure my pain when watching him run into picks.  It's become soooo glaring that I can't watch anything else while he's on the floor.   During the game tomorrow night just follow him around the court and watch what happens when his guy runs off a pick.  Outlaw simply runs directly into the pick (even when he clearly sees it coming from across the court) and then essentially grapples with the guy picking him.  He makes no attempt to go around the pick or to fight through it.  He acts as if he's hugging his Grandma.

Now this isn't exclusive to Outlaw but his "method" of struggling to find his way around the pick is by far the most painful to watch.  The thing that bothers me is that I don't think it's a lack of effort.  Rather it actually looks like he just doesn't know what else to do when he approaches a pick.  In a sense it's as if he's been conditioned to just assume he can't make it around.  Trust me- from now on watching Travis grapple through picks will drive you crazy... 

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