Dion Waiters on doubling LaMarcus Aldridge: “One man can’t beat you”

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Even though the Oklahoma City Thunder escaped with a win against the San Antonio Spurs in Game 2 of the conference semis, LaMarcus Aldridge has thus far established himself as the best player in this series.

Aldridge hasn’t seen one matchup against the Thunder that he doesn’t like or hasn’t exposed, most notably against primary defender Serge Ibaka. The Thunder sent double teams at Aldridge at times during Game 2 and had some success when forcing the ball out of his hands. Dion Waiters commented to media about OKC being fine with Aldridge getting his:

Dion Waiter

Part of Waiters’ logic is absolutely true. It might even be an Achilles heel of the Spurs playing through Aldridge so heavily — if they’re so busy force-feeding him in the post, it stagnates their offense, taking away from the ball movement that makes them so lethal offensively. The only problem is, Aldridge is producing at an insanely high level when in the post.

In this matchup, I think I disagree with Waiters. I think Oklahoma City has their best chance of disrupting Aldridge and the Spurs by doubling him and forcing kick-outs. Sure it would test the Thunder’s discipline, which they don’t have much of, but speeding up the Spurs could work to the Thunder’s favor as it can help them harp on their quickness and athletic advantage.

This is something to watch for. If the Thunder feel comfortable letting Aldridge get his, they just need to focus on containing Kawhi Leonard and that’s the crux of the Spurs’ true scoring options. In that case, a stellar series from Aldridge could effectively lead to the team’s demise, that’s if the Thunder have what it takes to not let one man beat them.

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Martin is the Founder, Chief Editor, and Head Skills Development Trainer for Basketball Society. Martin has work experience in digital media, radio, and journalism. He started a basketball blog and internet radio show in 2013 on Blog Talk Radio. Martin previously hosted the Knightcap show for WCTC 1450 AM covering the Rutgers Men's Basketball team. He has been featured as a writer on sites such as Def Pen, TV Film News, and All Hip-Hop. Martin played high school basketball at South Brunswick High School (NJ) where he graduated in 2007. He is a 1,000-point scorer at SBHS and an All-Middlesex County performer as a 3-year varsity starter. He helped lead SBHS to their first ever Central Jersey Group 4 sectional state championship in 2007. Martin played college basketball at Eastern University, where he graduated (BA) in 2012. Martin was a four-year starter and a 1,000-point scorer at EU and a 1st-Team All-MAC Conference performer. Follow Mart on Twitter @Marsoaries and on Instagram @martin_soaries

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