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Getting to know Matt Cimino
Created: 7/29/2014 4:18:03 PMReplies: 5
7/29/2014 4:18:03 PM - Keith Greene - 127 posts (#137)


7/29/2014 4:25:40 PM - NewGWFan - 397 posts (#56)

Cimino looks very skinny in the video, but has the frame to put on weight.  I think the majority of the board isn't looking at him as an option to replace Zeek this year.  Hopefully they put him in the KevLar plan to build muscle and change his body.  Looking forward to seeing him develop and contribute.

Interview makes me think more about Griffin who's almost the forgotten man.  He's got a SWEET jump shot we all know this, and his ability to rack up more minutes will depend on how hard he defends.  Can anyone see him making a Savage like jump?  Can he fill the Creek/Mikic role as the main deep threat on the team.  I think his shooting ability will get him on the floor.  Savage has yet to show that kind of range, and Garino who can shoot hasn't relied on that part of his game to date.  I see him finding a role on this team and getting enough minutes to make an impact this coming season.

7/29/2014 4:38:25 PM - herve - 8,448 posts (#1)

Griffin will at the very least always draw a defender which could open things up for others in the flex. Opponents will learn he will hit nearly every open jumper you give him, so no slacking-off. With active cutters and penetrators like Savage, Garino and JoeMac, plus the dump-down to Larsen, it makes for a tough team to stop offensively if you have to constantly keep an eye on one particular shooter. I would think off-the-ball movement would become quite key for Griffin this season.

7/29/2014 5:22:08 PM - ziik - 2,501 posts (#11)

Your description of Griffin makes him sound like a young Stefan Curry, Herve. From the little I saw last year, its a possibility. He is damn quick to shoot, just needs either to get off the floor or have an angle or an opening. Of course, I am sure he will need to play a little D, to earn his shots.

Even without a proven partner up front for Kevlar, there are fantasy scenarios that have this team running the opponents off the floor, maybe 24 times this coming season. I know ML likes defense, but this looks more and more like a run and shoot team.

7/29/2014 6:22:17 PM - SIESTA - 96 posts (#157)

Griffin can shoot no doubt but can he defend, pass, rebound and handle the ball? The jury is very much out on that and ML will not let him play if he is unable to do those things well enough.

7/30/2014 3:54:07 AM - Hugh - 68 posts (#182)

I wouldn't expect Griffin to make that Savage like jump. Despite Savage's freshman year struggles, you always knew his ceiling was high because he is so athletic and had many (potential) skills in his arsenal (slashing, ball handling, penetrating). It was just a matter of gaining confidence and putting it all together. With Griffin, you don't really see that potential with anything other than shooting.

Siesta, if you really think Griffin needs to do all those things to play, then he will never play. He will undoubtebly need to work hard on defense, but his role on the team is not to handle and dish the ball, or rebound. Just look at Mikic, who was probably the worst ball handler and rebounder on the team last year. Even as an obviously flawed player he saw consistent minutes because he worked hard on defense and always required a defender to be in his face on offense, which opens things up for teammates, as Herve said. With him and Creek now gone, expect Griffin to take those minutes as the one real long-ball threat on the team. Judging by the way ML stuck with Mikic, it seems that just having the threat of a three on the floor is something he values highly.

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