He’s competitive, he’s tough, he’s a good athlete, he’s accurate — and he has a command that’s obvious, Miller said. That emerged in training camp, then in scrimmages, then in Hockey Jerseys Cheap preseason games. Still, only a disaster would likely have gotten him onto the field before the end of the season, if at all.
Disaster struck after four games with Glennon starting, and in came Trubisky, a rookie with an almost comically poor supporting cast on offense: running back Jordan Howard, fourth-round all-purpose back Tarik Cohen and a bare cupboard of receivers.
It was like he was going onto the field with two hands tied behind his back, Miller said.
There were times Trubisky wasn’t pretty, early in his stint (a nightmarish loss in New Orleans, during which tight end Zach Miller suffered his gruesome leg injury on a touchdown catch that was overturned on replay), and later (his three-interception game against the Lions in Week 15). There were times when he showed glimpses of the future envisioned for him, like in his second start, in Baltimore, when he led a game-winning drive in overtime.
And there were times the Bears coaches really did tie his hands, exemplified by his third start, against the Panthers, when he attempted seven passes, completed four, got sacked four times … and won 17-3 with the offense producing three points and the defense 14.
It’s an adjustment every game for me, he said late last month.
Dealing with — and passing out of — double-teams. Porzingis has seen an extra defender frequently this season and he’s admittedly still getting used to how best to handle it.
Teams are obviously trying to make it as difficult as they can for me — trying to force the shots I don’t want. So it’s always a battle, he said.
One way to track Porzingis’ progress against double-teams is via his assist rate. It should increase slightly if he’s able to make the right read when the extra defender comes. Porzingis’ assist rate (6.9) is last among the eight big men who average at least 20 points per game, per Basketball Reference. He’s had more than two assists in just three of his 30 games this season, a number that should be a bit higher considering Porzingis ranks fifth in usage among those who play at least 25 minutes per game, per NBA.com/Stats.
The good news for the Knicks? Porzingis analyzes his weaknesses Wholesale Jerseys thoroughly, and he’s already working on how to improve against the double team.
I’m still learning, he said. I think as I get more experienced in these situations I’ll be even more efficient. — Ian Begley