~W~ wrote:CjR wrote:sfsfsfgiants wrote:I would much rather have a healthy Baron for the playoffs than a Baron in the All Star Game. As long as we are winning, and everybody is staying healthy, Nellie can do whatever the hell he wants in terms of giving minutes.
The argument is the minutes with Baron, which impacts his health. The more he plays, the more we gamble (higher the chances of getting injured or breaking down towards the end). He’s had two knee surgeries already.
its difficult for "me" to say Nellie is making the bad choice... Do you risk losing momentum to give Baron a break or take the chance to secure the victory...
I’m speaking specifically on games we have comfortable leads (even blowouts), when Nelson does not rest Baron. The most recent was the Cleveland game where he played all 48 minutes. This game was a classic example, despite having a huge lead (near 30). How can one justify 48 minutes? So long as most starters are in there (definitely Jackson and Monta), I’m fine with it. Resting players is what all coaches do—and I’d rather risk a little momentum than risk the entire season, given Baron’s history of injuries, demands of his position, and our high-energy style of play. Because if he can’t rest him in those types of games, when will he ever rest him?