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You don't go 35 games (winning 28) with lineup and change in the sweet 16. Now you can adjust minutes but Amir needs to start to see how the flow is going. You want to suddenly move a guy averaging 2 minutes a game to 20 minutes in the sweet 16? Ravenol tend to foul and you need 2 experienced players in the post. Now Thad has experimented with a small lineup and if Q is playing well Thad will use it longer.
Amir is good for a few fouls and let's Rav get some rest as well as let's Rav come in fresh into the game after the initial game jitters wear off. We can't afford to have Rav pick up too many fouls and leave Amir as the sub in crunch time.
I think that is the current strategy Matta has.
Outside of the 'he plays weak' - the biggest complaint I have with Amir is often the ball is passed in high - or he gets a rebound and then pulls the ball down low to try a shot. This is big man basics, that he should be keeping the ball high - catch high, keep it high and put it in. He tries to gather himself on every shot attempt.
Secondly, he never raises his arms on defense or even on offense - he 'shrinks' himself - he needs to have his arms up!
My guess is he had a horrible HS coach, as these are really basic fundamentals.
I hope he gets big man training this summer! Back to the basics for Amir!
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