It looked as if Andris would be the next in line to struggle after speaking out. He didn’t have a great shooting game, by his standards at least, but he definitely showed he was ready to step up on offense.
After a 2-for-6 first half, Biedrins turned up his offense. He had six points (including two missed FTs) in the third quarter and two assists. In the fourth quarter, when he usually doesn’t see the ball, he made his presence felt by dunking on Nene.
He didn’t have a great night, but you’ve got to love his resiliency and his effort. It covers up so many mistakes (like three missed free throws).
For those of you who didn’t see his comments in print, here is Goose’s harshest criticism yet:
“It’s kind of not working out, especially like the last 10 minute. I mean, we scored 12 points the last quarter. We can’t win games like that, shooting 30 (percent) or whatever we had. We need to really change something, because we can’t win games like that.
“We always take very hard shots. It’s hard to score like that. If it’s really important in the last couple minutes, you can’t take so (many) bad shots. I just think that we just need to figure out what’s a good and what’s a bad shot.”
Andris said he would demand the ball more eventually by having a conversation with Don Nelson. But he demands the ball with his hustle and energy. That’s why he got 14 shots tonight. Not because Nelson started running plays for him. To me, that might be too much at this point. Maybe a few plays. But, his teammates can look for him in traffic. Give him the ball on pick and rolls and reward him for his hustle. Andris is smart enough a player not to try and do more than he can, so you know he will take a high-percentage shot or kick it out. That’s certainly better than a turnaround 20-footer.