Friday, March 23, 2018 4:50 pm
How the Mad Ants can get rolling
JUSTIN A. COHN | The Journal Gazette
The Mad Ants can clinch the division title, and the second seed for the Eastern Conference playoffs, with a victory tonight at Memorial Coliseum against the Windy City Bulls. That’s important, but so is getting their play in a more consistent, positive fashion. Here’s what the Mad Ants need to do, in my opinion, over their last two games:
• Get DeQuan Jones and Walt Lemon Jr. to be a dynamic two-headed monster on offense. The best way to do that is have a Lemon use his speed to penetrate and decide if a dish to Jones for a jump shot or drive is a better option.
• Defensive tenacity from start to finish in games is a must. The Mad Ants’ up-tempo style starts with their defense but sometimes it’s not there at the outset.
• Jarrod Uthoff has been on lately, and that’s great because it means the rebounding has been better as a team. But he can’t be the only one hitting the boards hard. If the Mad Ants get out-rebounded they have to shoot at a high percentage and that doesn’t always happen.
• A common thread in the Mad Ants’ losses has been turnovers. Those must be limited.
• Edmond Sumner could be a X factor with his ability to penetrate. The Mad Ants would love to get him going. The Indiana Pacers would love for them to get him going.
• Tra-Deon Hollins and Trey McKinney Jones will have roles to play defensively. Hollins banks lots of steals if he gets the playing time. McKinney Jones can lock down opposing stars.
• Free-throw shooting in late minutes of games is usually good, but there have been some hiccups lately. Those have to be converted.