Everyone keeps talking about the defense, etc. But the problem has been the offense so far.
Contrary to what Woodson recently said, the problem HAS been the offense. Poor offensive possessions have led to poor defensive possessions and easy baskets for the other team.
No one looks like they are "in the flow of the offense".
We are average fewer assists, more turnovers.
All these bad possessions are leading to more mismatches on defense and excessive fouling.
What needs to happen is simple: We need to develop some continuity on offense in the worst way. Good possessions on offense will allow us to get back and set our defense (which has not been as bad as people make it out to be). We are 3rd in the league overall in pts/game given up and even without Chandler we held Charlotte to 38pts in the second half last game.
The real issue has been Woodson's unwillingness to develop a rotation and sets without JR Smith. He has been reluctant to commit to anything and it has killed this team. And the only thing that fits this quizzical puzzle is that he is waiting for JR. Nothing else makes sense.
We didn't commit to establishing Chandler early (like last season). We didn't commit to Bargnani as the second option. We didn't commit to Shumpert having a bigger offensive role. Woodson has not made 1 single decision. And that indecision is creating doubt and uncertainty in the players' minds and leading to poor execution and poor offensive possessions.
The poor offense is killing us in another way. The other team doesn't expend a lot of energy defending us. The relax and play easy defense, wait for the iso play or turnover and then they push the ball.
Our OFFENSE is killing us right now.
Everything that has been killing this team gets lessened with better executed, more clearly defined roles and responsibilities, more efficient offense.