Originally Posted by selrahc
lebron plays with starters who play better help defense while battier plays with reserves who dont play as good help defense... this is why it seems like lebron is good defender but he is actually not
where's the evidence for this? miami hardly ever doubled melo and melo clearly had an easier time scoring on battier. he also usually scored in iso situations, meaning 1 on 1. it sounds more like an excuse or something you want to believe more than anything else. hell, it's borderline conspiracy theory status in here. suddenly, joel anthony is the worst help defender in the world.
also, miami isn't particularly deep so the argument makes even less sense. spo has been playing eight main players and miller/battier have generally been playing 20 mins or less after game 1. he's been heavily relying on his starters and a real short rotation.
so this bench you speak of? cole, turiaf and jones didn't even play in game 5.
melo did hit some tough shots on lebron today. that shows how good he is. many of those same shots he clanked vs lebron. melo and anybody who is sane would say lebron's D made melo struggle much more than battier's this series