Q's Time When He's Clearly Hot??

gordon38's picture
March 25, 2013 at 10:15a

Great win by the Bucks yesterday!  Aaron - stellar.  DT - awesome.  Shannonator - beast mode.  Q - killin' it softly.  Here's my gripe:  why did Thad take Q out when he was clearly feeling it with the ball yesterday???  He was getting good looks and shooting out of his mind.  Part of the reason we finally took the lead.  Then all of the sudden I see him on the sidelines and he's being rotated in/out.  Was that a defensive thing?  I'm just trying to understand why he was on the side when we clearly needed offense when Iowa started storming back.  I love Aaron and his game, but yesterday I felt like he was pressing it and - I know - dare I say it - he was sort of a ball hog down the stretch.  He was reluctant to feed it to DT who was also stroking it well.  I don't mind any player taking over a game, but clearly Aaron was a bit gassed at the end and he should've been passing the rock to the shooters more (well, NOT Lenzelle... sorry, because I know you give it your all but you're in a bad slump this season... except for the one 3-pt. you put up when we needed it most).  Can 11W Nation explain this to me?


droessl's picture

Could be his defense, or it could be the multiple instances of Ross catching the ball and promptly Fred Flinstone-ing his way into a turnover. 

UrbzRenewal's picture

Ross' defense was very, very good yesterday. His plant foot traveling is his only real issue right now, but he's lightyears ahead of Lenzelle right now on offense. 17 points in 21 minutes is worth the occasional lapse.

weimerad's picture

I agree with both comments.  It had to do with a few things; the 2 traveling violations, offense/defense situations.  Plus I believe Q had 4 fouls and Matta didn't want him to pick up his 5th with a lot of time still remaining. 

Optimistic Buckeye Pessimist's picture

Exactly, everyone remembers the shots that Q hit, but forgets the 2 travels and the defensive breakdowns (I remember one, but think there were 2).  I think Thad was happy where the team was at and was trying to minimize risk instead of going for reward.

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Indy_Buck87's picture

Q brings a whole another level of matchup issues on the offense side of the ball.  The small line up is working because teams can not double up on Thomas with him on the floor. He also spreads the floor which allows craft room to drive.  He should be playing 25-30 minutes a game against teams with no elite big men. He is the Key to how far this team goes in the tourney. 

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BammBammRiley's picture

I concur... the risk/reward seems to be well worth it with the size match-up situations you present here. You hit it on the head and I believe his growing pains will be ironed out with more pt, at least that's usually how it works. Too much upside to leave him on the bench when the rest of the offense is faltering.

I understand the impotance of crafts defense and leadership, so as we saw... a few turnovers, costly errors and missed free thows do not get Craft benched, and understandingly so... Q's offensive ability should be seen as a simular importance and his misteps should not get him benched, fouls are a different story.

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Bucks43201's picture

When the opponent is playing zone, it is automatic that Q should be out there. He is our best perimeter threat at times. At the least, their D has to respect him and play honest. This creates passing lanes and space for our other players.

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Toilrt Paper's picture

Trust in Matta or don't trust in Matta.

Toilrt Paper's picture

Q is 7th on the team in minutes played and 2nd on the team in turnovers.

d5k's picture

He was playing offense/defense with Q and Thompson, which he has done literally all season at the end of close games.  Considering that is the best area for each of those guys, what is the problem?

kareemabduljacobb's picture

Thad just gets in those weird funks w/ our roatation... If you remember, we probably would have beat Duke earlier in the year had he played Q in the 2nd half... 1st half: 11 pts 3 rebs... 2nd half he didn't see the floor till the last minute when we needed 3's.  Makes no sense sometimes.  Even if he were to be a defensively liability, he still provides size for rebounding and another threat to score on O.