Originally Posted by final.wrath
compare it to boston's paint offense they beat us by 4 or 5 more fgs every time. i'm trying to say our offense is perimeter oriented.
I don't deny that Detroit takes more shots on the perimeter, but these shots often start with a pass into the post. The defense is drawn in, and then the outside shot is less contested. You are correct that many shots end up 15ft+, but the ball often crosses within 10 feet before the shot is taken. If the short-range shot is available, it's taken. If it's not available, the mid- or long-range shot becomes available.
Detroit takes smart shots. It's not fair to claim they don't look for good shots, because that isn't the case. Most times, the ball begins in the post to someone. Defenses are smart enough to clamp down on the post player, so the ball movement creates a high percentage shot, wherever that happens to be.
To me, that's not a perimeter oriented team, it's a team that takes what the defense gives them. It's smart basketball, and they win at a .700 clip when doing so.
By the way, how's Boston doing against their 'lesser' opponent? :)