Subject: J. Lamb
Focus: off bench for CHA in wake of N. Batum’s return
When Nicolas Batum returned on Nov. 15th, Jeremy Lamb moved to Steve Clifford's second unit - will he continue his hot start to the season and contribute in a similar fashion w/ (potentially) less reps & opportunity?
Thru 16 games, J. Lamb is avg. a career-best 16 ppg to go along w/ 5.1 rebounds - a shot creator by trade, Lamb is passing better (3.1 apg) and shooting the three ball at a desired clip (41%).
With reduced minutes on the horizon, can Lamb stay engaged and contribute however necessary?
GAME 1 of 4
11/20 V. MIN • W, 118-102
16 pts (6/9 shooting), 5 boards, 3 dimes, +11
CHA picked up its second straight W thanks (in part) to a very strong performance off the bench.
Lamb played a nice role - in just 21 minutes, he scored 16 points, pulled down 5 rebounds & dished out 3 dimes. MIN's defense didn't offer much resistance, as Lamb consistently got clean looks working off bigs and creating for himself.
• Played primarily w/ an all-bench lineup of M. Carter-Williams (1), D. Bacon (3), F. Kaminsky (4) & C. Zeller -- lineup produced 23 pts in 10 min. but made just 1 triple & had 5 dimes v. 5 TOs
• Nice pairing w/ M. Carter-Williams & D. Bacon -- young trio w/ size and nice potential defensively; Lamb is the best shot generator of the 3, through D. Bacon projects as a better transition finisher & M. Carter-Williams might be most comfortable pushing the break; CHA to play w/ pace when all three are in lineup?
• J. Lamb: made 1/4 triples, got to line 3 times (made 'em all)
• J. Lamb + C. Zeller + F. Kaminsky = success? Lamb gave C. Zeller a nice feed for dunk in the 1Q. And later, Lamb found F. Kaminsky (led all bench scorers w/ 24 pts) for a wide open triple following a misdirection side PnR:
His familiarity w/ both Zeller & Kaminsky will lead plenty of chances for dump offs & pop-back threes.
Next: 11/22 v. WAS
Later this Week: @ CLE, @ SAS