It’s easy to say both Love and Melo can hang one-on-one with Green and (when the Warriors bust out the Death Lineup) Andre Iguodala. But the Warriors don’t play one-on-one. They use all five players as screen-setters and cutters. It is never as simple as helping off Iguodala and Green in the corners.
Against even normal 60-win teams, a bad defender could navigate all that whirring complexity. Melo is cool switching on to Danny Green after a pindown screen, or chasing Trevor Ariza around one. Losing a little ground isn’t fatal.
Roberts was so personable, and such a folk hero in Boston, that when he finally called it quits after the ’08 season, he was hired by NESN to do their Red Sox pregame and postgame shows. He liked it, and he was good at it, but … I missed the uniform. I missed being a member of the team.
It wasn’t pretty, but the offense grinded in Tampa Bay without Gronk, and the defense decided to come together and make key stops. Unfortunately for the rest of the league, you know Bill Belichick made the most of his mini bye to fix more things.
Russell Wilson cooled down with his banged-up targets and sputtering running game, but the Legion of Boom is back to lowering the boom as an intimidating presence. Don’t sleep on Seattle becoming a completely scary team again soon.
The defense is doing its best to hold up, but it’s hard when Ben Roethlisberger is lost like never before with little help beyond Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell. The defense is the backbone, and coach Mike Tomlin and his staff need to do a better job of properly complementing that.