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The Point Guard Conundrum


First off I'd like to give props to Mr. Ramon Sessions for his stellar game the other night against the grizz.  I believe the sole reasons that the Wolves won is that they played Sessions more than Flynn and that the grizz, for whatever reason, didn't want to win.  Why else would they take out Mike Conley, who was and has routinely made Jonny look like a green rookie?  I don't mean this post to be a knock on Flynn because I'm routing the the guy.  But that game just really magnified that when Jonny is bad, he's really bad.  And when Ramon is good, he's pretty damn good.  The one thing Jonny is doing better is penetrating and dishing.  He did ok with that during this game.  But his shooting was atrocious.  He should have recognized that there were other players on the team hitting at high rates when he was in there.  He was costing us points big time on that end of the floor.  Which leads us to the other end of the floor, defense.  On ball defense has been discussed on this site ad nauseum and there are two trains of thought on this topic.  One is that it is more important as a point guard to play good team defense and less important to be able to stay in front of your man.  The other train of thought is the exact opposite, that not getting beat by your man is paramount.  Obviously the ultimate defender would be both.  Against the grizz, Flynn cost the team scores on almost EVERY possession he was in there on the defensive end.  Good teams know how to take advantage of guys who can't defend.  Their gameplan when JF was in there was to beat him off the dribble or with a pick, then the rest of the possession the wolves scrambled to cover it up.  Good teams can simply move the ball and get a good shot after a player is beat off the dribble, and this is what the grizz did.  Plain and simple.  Enter Ramon Sessions.  He came in, and albeit played quite a bit against Marcus Williams, but he displayed very good on ball defense, shot a high percentage, got to the hoop, and really dictated play with his aggressiveness.  Where has this Ramon Sessions been all year?  If he could play with that aggression every game he could easily be the starter.  I understand this is blast on Flynn.  I am hoping he is able to improve as he is just a rookie.  He is the most entertaining player to watch on this team and is the reason many of the fans do watch.  I commend him for being a cheer leader on the bench during that game when he could have been hanging his head.  I hope he can figure out how to play some defense pretty soon though.

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