Carlos Delfino has had an outstanding season. He is an excellent shooter, a good defensive rebounder, and a pretty good defender. But he simply cannot allow teams to be effective defending him with a smaller man as the Atlanta Hawks have been able to do in this playoff series. It allows teams to simultaneously put a bigger man on Jennings.
But the strategy will continue to be effective until Delfino develops a more effective medium game. Those medium range shots have been available to him all series long, but he hasn’t been able to finish.
I suppose the same could be said of Brandon Jennings. He has to punish teams that use a bigger defender on him. To do that, he has to use his quickness to penetrate past the bigger defenders into the lane, and then he must effectively finish in the lane, similar to what we saw from the brilliant Boston Celtic PG Rajon Rondo early in last night’s Celtics-Cavaliers game.