I agree with HOC in this discussion because I have never been a fan of taking the air out of the ball. every time the weber teams did it it seemed like we turned a 8-10 pt lead into a 2 point nail biter that was a coin flip if we even held on to win or not.We took 2 shots that were ill advised, but we did more positives than negatives down the stretch. We took care of the ball and made our FTs.
I thought our more egregious error than MH's and KN's shots was our poor 3-point defense. We gave up 3 or 4 wide-open looks for 3s in the final 2:00 when we knew MD had to take 3s to get back in the game. Hopefully the coaches work with the guys on recognizing situations better and extending out the D to force the opponent to take 2-point shots.
Having said that both Hassi and Sydney both make good points. I would never have believed the numbers had Dave not done the analysis on them.
As to Hassi's point regarding milking the 30 seconds every time, the only flaw in that is there will come a point when the other team will start fouling to extend the game. Too many times it seems like we never get a good shot when we consciously hold the ball for 30 seconds. then they will hit a couple 3's, we might turn the ball over, miss a crucial FT, etc. At that point you can just feel everyone tighten up. nobody wants to shoot, the basket actually gets smaller in diameter (I have measured this with the TV on pause with a tiny ruler), and bad things happen.
I do think Groce went to the slow down so early the other night because we had a lot of foul problems and we didn't want to send them to the line any more than we had to. Also we were out-manned somewhat and the guys had expended a lot of energy both by playing hard as well as more minutes. It sure helped having Tate take charge of the team... no turnovers and draining those FT's like it was a practice game.