If the Ship is Afloat, Should the Holes be Ignored?
The realization of this fact should be sobering in a sense that the shortcomings should be addressed right now or before we know the lead in the East would evaporate. That is why the shortsighted approach by Hill in his starting line-up and planning for the future rotation is a Formula For Failure (FFF). He has stated repeatedly, especially with regard to Darko’s starting, that he does not even think about change while winning. The comparable analogy would be “since the ship is afloat, we should ignore the holes in the bottom”.
If we accept the idea of implementing change, right now before the flaws catch up with us, the following should be the objectives for the near future:
1. Darko should be developed into the force that he is projected to be, sooner rather than later. His numbers right now are good enough (certainly better than Tony's) to push him into the starting line-up. That should provide for better defense from the start, even if Darko is limited in his scoring (which Tony is, as well). That also provides for a jolt of confidence in the kid.
2. The long-range shooting is an issue. Garrity, despite claiming to be healthy, has not provided any relief, and Hedo has been extremely inconsistent in his shooting, even throughout his career. Keyon and Keith are decent, but again inconsistent long-range shooters. So we should look for answers in Travis and J.J. Of the two I prefer J.J. for his size over Travis. Regardless, either of the two or both should be given a chance at the expense of Garrity and/or Bo. I admit that we would face glaring deficiency in the PF, but I never considered Garrity a true PF, and we can always play small ball with Hedo playing the role that Garrity plays.
3. If Hedo struggles, I recommend inserting Trevor in the starting line-up and bringing Hedo off the bench where he would be interchangeable to PF, if need be.
I admit that with Hedo and Keith being out, the proposed changes could not be implemented, right away. However, Darko could be inserted in the starting line-up without any further delay.