The pick and roll defense mystified me at times last year. This year, there have been too many games where it has been flat out bad. It looks like our perimeter guys are making more of an effort to get around the screen than last year, whereas it was more likely to be a trap last year. But more effort doesn't always yield better results. Brand was and would still be our best screen defender. So losing him hurts. But it shouldn't hurt this bad. It was going so poorly, that out of timeouts, the Houston head coach was calling for simple pick and roll/pop plays....with success.