By Mark Gallagher
Here’s how Brett Brown lamely defended his fourth-quarter strategy of having unstoppable Joel Embiid set picks on the perimeter instead of getting down on the block and scoring at will:
Reporter: Brett, in the first quarter Joel was posting and scoring at will, and you seemed to go away from that. Is that something you would like to see more of? You had a lot of success in the first quarter.
Brown: I don’t agree with you. Part of our turnovers came from getting stood up and trying to post. Part of our turnovers came when we did post, we weren’t crisp passing out of the post. This is the double-edged sword where you have to figure out what line do you want to walk? Because the examples I just gave are true.
There’s no doubt that we want to get Jo the ball in different floor spots. It doesn’t have to always be bully ball at the nail, where it’s just a fistfight and everything gets stuck in mud. It can be at the nail, it can be pick-and-roll, it can be putting Alec Burks and Joel in a two-man game and getting them out of a roll. And so I think this overplaying, the volume of just smashmouth, bully ball post-ups, to do it all the time comes with some level of punishment if you’re not careful.
I look forward to going back and seeing our post passing, our post passing out of the post, delivering the ball to the post, and I think we can improve a lot in that area.