Time for the second unit to step up on defense
Gibson admitted that newcomers like Marco Belinelli, Nate Robinson and Valdimir Radmanovic are still playing catch-up on the defensive side of the ball. If that improves, they see minutes. If it doesn't, they don't. It needs to improve, however, especially almost a month into the regular season now.
"At times it's been different because they're still figuring out the defensive sets, the defensive slides,'' Gibson said of life with the bench players. "They don't understand that in the fourth quarter we're used to just locking down on D. The fourth quarter has mostly been the backbones of our team, knowing that we don't let anybody score in the fourth, so it's still a long ways to go and we'll eventually get it.''
-- Chicago Sun-Times blog
Re: Time for the second unit to step up on defense
Thibs has very little confidence in the second unit, that much is obvious. This isn't the same "bench mob" that people loved, this is a much less talented bench. Brewer brought athleticism and versatility off the bench, they now miss that. Asik was a fine rebounder and a terrific defender off the bench. Watson was a good back up point guard and Korver was a great shooter. I'm not a fan of Nate Robinson, he's not a smart player and he'll shoot you out of games. It's a nice idea to say the second unit must step up on defense but they can only do so much. This is a very different bench, a much less talented one than in previous years.
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