I really really hate to make a thread like this right after we blowout a top team in the NBA (recordwise anyway), but seriously this win just defines mediocrity and inconsistency. The entire second quarter I think we "ran" like 10 plays in a row where Harden just brought the ball up and then went in looking for the bailout call while the other 4 just stood around. We ran maybe one set play even though we had only a few fast breaks. The rest of the time, our half court set consisted of Harden iso and NOTHING else. No cuts, no picks, no screens, no nothing. Either Harden hits the shot or is bailed out and gets to the FT, or we lose the possession empty handed. On nights when Harden is going off, this will work, but more often than not, as we have seen this year, this simply is not the case. The whole approach of the coaching staff seems to be "give the ball to Harden and noone do anything else". While I'm a proponent of this sort of approach when it comes to guys like Kobe or Durant, Harden just simply is not on their level. This kind of "offense" at its worst can stunt Harden's development and create bad habits that will become more of a hinderance once our youngsters develop and can contribute more on both ends. I hate hate this kind of approach to the game. It has no place in any organization looking for long term success and quite frankly stunts the growth of every other player who is not a perimeter camper. At best, we will win lose 3 games for every 2 we win continuing the ISO ball approach. I'm not concerned with anyone's stats except the W-L column and I just think ISO ball is the byproduct of lazy and inept coaching. I know how it is, I'll be called a hater but face it, as great as this in was, Harden had even better games in the beginning of the season and look where we are now. My original prediction for this team was a barely sub .500 team, but if it continues like this, I'm gonna lower my expectations for 25-30 games. I hope I'm wrong and maybe *gulp* McHale will right the ship when he gets back because his offense does run more set plays. Much as I love the fast break, let's face it, that style of play has never won anything on a consistent level. Even the Lakers in the 80s had a halfcourt game.