This is exactly why as currently constructed I cant see this team being more than 7th/8th seed playoff team with a quick exit. Not good enough to beat good teams and they play down low enough to get beat by the worst teams. A change is necessary
I think there are two discrete issues, one is the general issue with not winning the last possession in one possession games, the other is not showing up for winnable games. On the latter, I hate to ask it, but is this a trend that Kemba doesn't show up for the gimme games? He wasn't on tonight, and likewise, I thought he wasn't in the Cavs loss. Is that the case, is it a trend? It's not an issue and I don't view him any less for it, he might involuntarily not show up for these consistently when his body needs a break. If we know that and plan to run through others in these type games, that it's an easy fix.
But yes, we do need a consistent playmaker number two and I don't think we have that guy right now. If we did, I could see that be the guy we go through at end of games, as much as Kemba gets you to have that last shot in a game, his stature and the refs tendency to swallow the whistle down the stretch makes him easier to defend and flips him from option one to option two or three on a last play scenario. And I don't think Marvin, Nic, Malik, or others today are tried and tested for that role. Until we get a dagger type player, I'd try running end of game plays through Lamb just due to size and ability to get his own shot.