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New LMA?

I'll admit that I have been hating on LMA's "jumpshot game only" game for a long time. I hate it, it comes across as "Look I don't have to do the dirty work and will just pop shots out here". I've seen plenty of those guys as a player and they drive me crazy. LMA is clearly one of the best postup PF's if not the best, in the league. All of that and somehow he seems to scorn fighting for early position, rarely dives on PnR etc. So good in the post yet hates to be there.

Now, I watched the Suns game last night and saw LMA banging in the POST!!! Hallelujah! The double teams came screaming at him all night because of it and he would still keep banging (and even beating them with the nice fake and hook). Now he didn't live there all game but certainly made a concerted effort to put his back to the basket consistently. He also shot 55% which is WELL above what he normally does.

We should be thrilled that LMA/Stotts have this worked into their gameplan. All we need to do is figure out how to setup our offense to make them pay for doubling us more effectively. Sure this could be an anomaly because Stotts/LMA knew PHX is weak inside now but there is reason for hope here.

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