It's about time Chicago defended the arc. They defend us and our 3 point game better than anyone. They put 3 on the arc, trust Deng 1 on 1 with Melo, and when they have Noah they trust Noah to enforce the paint. Today they started without that commitment to the arc but now they're committing and the results are showing.
The lane is wide open though. JR and Melo need to start hitting those seams and attacking now.
BTW, JR Smith is a totally different player when his first instinct is to take it to the hoop. Also, Melo is going to take over and its going to be tied by 2 minutes left.
He can be as good as he wants to be. We need him to be attacking JR for the playoffs to make our run or else we're in trouble. JR can win you a game or cost you a game. That's the scary part about him.
For all the **** we get for the Stat contract, if you think about it, JR's contract is a bargain when you look at his contribution vs his salary.