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Chronz
05-09-2012, 05:16 PM
I know hes perceived as a great defender, and while hes still as crafty as they come when it comes to TEAM defense, in 1 on 1 situations I just dont see the same guy anymore.

Melo has been abusing Battier this series, hes shooting at a 53% clip with Battier guarding him vs 29% against LeBron. Im not saying they shouldnt give Bron a rest every now and then, but in key moments, at the end of games especially, shouldnt they sick their best defender against Melo?

PleaseBeNice
05-09-2012, 05:21 PM
Yes, he's pretty much useless now IMO. Isn't hitting his threes and being scored on all the time. Seems like they get worse when he is in, I'd have Wade guard him to keep LBJ out of foul trouble if it comes to that, other than that, LBJ should guard Melo

Gibby23
05-09-2012, 05:23 PM
I know hes perceived as a great defender, and while hes still as crafty as they come when it comes to TEAM defense, in 1 on 1 situations I just dont see the same guy anymore.

Melo has been abusing Battier this series, hes shooting at a 53% clip with Battier guarding him vs 29% against LeBron. Im not saying they shouldnt give Bron a rest every now and then, but in key moments, at the end of games especially, shouldnt they sick their best defender against Melo?

They only lost 1 game and it keeps Bron frsh. It's over tonight, so it doesn't matter.

GiantsSwaGG
05-09-2012, 05:28 PM
Pointless thread, they're leading the series 3-1 they won't have to worry about Melo for long!

Wade>You
05-09-2012, 05:29 PM
They need to switch defenders on Melo, give him different looks. And give Battier some rest, he looked tired in game 4.

BALLER R
05-09-2012, 05:32 PM
Miami has to win tonight. The last thing heat fans needs is the knicks to win and gain confidence. I'm not a heat fan but from their perspective I don't think they would need to worry if the knicks win tonight

kblo247
05-09-2012, 05:32 PM
I know hes perceived as a great defender, and while hes still as crafty as they come when it comes to TEAM defense, in 1 on 1 situations I just dont see the same guy anymore.

Melo has been abusing Battier this series, hes shooting at a 53% clip with Battier guarding him vs 29% against LeBron. Im not saying they shouldnt give Bron a rest every now and then, but in key moments, at the end of games especially, shouldnt they sick their best defender against Melo?
It's akin to Kobe and Trevor versus Melo in the wcf

Phil toyed with the idea of Kobe on him a full game by his own admission, but as Kobe said, Melo is a bear who you have to wrestle with at all times even away from the ball, so it is better to guard him in the 4th and conserve your energy for offense and playmaking.

In short, let Battier get abused so LeBron can score and facilitate enough in quarters 1-3. Then let him take him late so he hopefully has enough gas left to make some 4th quarter closing moments while deterring Melo.

GiantsSwaGG
05-09-2012, 05:40 PM
^what he said!

uprightciti
05-09-2012, 05:44 PM
haha its funny cuz sounds like people are scared of melo!
and thats awesome!

CHANGO
05-09-2012, 05:46 PM
Melo against the HEAT.

Battier 20-38FG, 53%FG, 56PTS
Lebron 12-41FG, 29%FG, 31PTS
DWade 3-7FG, 43%FG, 13PTS
Others 2-7FG, 29%FG, 4PTS

Combined 37-93FG, 40%FG

Switch defenders, sometimes Lebron, sometimes Battier, sometimes Wade. Just give him different looks, and in the final minutes put the Bron in his front. :cool:

ManRam
05-09-2012, 05:52 PM
They should split the duties, but if the game is close I think that for sure LeBron should be on him.

naps
05-09-2012, 05:55 PM
I would rather have Wade defending Melo when LeBron rests. Have LeBron on Melo in last 5 minutes. But I am not worried about Melo at all. He had one good game out of 4 and a player of his caliber should have a game like the last one in a series and specially when it's basically the give-me-the-damn-ball-and-get-the-heck-outta-my-way kinda offense.

JordansBulls
05-09-2012, 06:43 PM
Yes, they should leave Lebron on Melo the entire game because Melo likes going at him on offense and that is what you want to see with two players in there primes.

knicks=love
05-09-2012, 06:49 PM
They should split the duties, but if the game is close I think that for sure LeBron should be on him.

my sig >>>> your sig

:up:

Gators123
05-09-2012, 06:49 PM
Yes. Hes been an overrated defender for the last couple of years.

knicks=love
05-09-2012, 06:50 PM
just keep battier on melo, i'm enjoying this winning streak :D

gotoHcarolina52
05-09-2012, 06:50 PM
Throw different looks at him. Start with Battier, then put UD on him, and save Bron for the 4th.

MrfadeawayJB
05-09-2012, 07:04 PM
I would keep Battier on him just to keep Lebron fresh. If the game is close or Melo is going off they can easily switch Lebron on to him and a fresh Lebron will defend Melo very well

ManRam
05-09-2012, 07:13 PM
my sig >>>> your sig

:up:

Well, we used to both have that sig. I like to think I've evolved...

On topic again, to elaborate my "split the duties".

I think if the game is close, they should put the better defender on him, and right now that's LeBron. If it's not, keep LeBron fresh and stick Battier on him. But the Heat don't need to let this series linger...and Melo's play probably dictates that. So it kinda becomes a bit tricky.

NYKnicks4511
05-09-2012, 07:42 PM
Melo has abused LeBron in the past, he's killed Battier this series, and he will destroy Haslem if Spoelstra puts him in his front.

I wouldn't mind if LeBron is on Melo the whole game, it'll tire him out to a degree. And we all know how hit or miss James is in the 4th. I think this game should be a close one.

Sssmush
05-09-2012, 07:48 PM
They should just close out the series tonight, by a wide point margin, and keeping Shane Battier guarding him, just to twist the dagger and send the message for next year.

KnicksTape
05-09-2012, 07:54 PM
Melo guards Lebron the whole game but the "king" can't guard Melo the whole game? Thought he was the best defender ever

Sactown
05-09-2012, 09:37 PM
Melo guards Lebron the whole game but the "king" can't guard Melo the whole game? Thought he was the best defender ever

No he does not... Jr share's a lot of the duties...

TylerSL
05-09-2012, 09:46 PM
guess it doesnt matter anymore..

TylerSL
05-09-2012, 09:47 PM
Melo guards Lebron the whole game but the "king" can't guard Melo the whole game? Thought he was the best defender ever

guess you didnt watch the same series I was.....

IIISSKiLL
05-09-2012, 09:56 PM
let's discuss this again next year

metsfanssince05
05-09-2012, 10:00 PM
who cares? they won.