BRISBANE coach Andrej Lemanis has defended the scoring output of import Stephen Holt saying the guard is being asked to provide hustle and hard yards - not highlights.
Holt has hit double figures in the points column just once in four games and had a five-point return in the 101-96 loss to New Zealand on Thursday night when he did not take a shot until two minutes into the fourth quarter.
He averaged almost 16 points and four assists a game in the 2015-16 NBL season with Melbourne United compared to 9.2 points and 1.2 assists per game in this campaign with Brisbane with an explosive 17-point outing against Illawarra last Sunday the standout offensive effort.
Ahead of Saturday's clash with Melbourne (2-2) on the Gold Coast, Lemanis said Holt had a vastly different role than he had at United - pointing to the seven-rebound haul and solid defensive work against the Breakers as proof.
"What he did (against New Zealand) was bring defence and rebounding and they are two areas that are important to us so if he keeps doing those things, we'll be happy with that,'' Lemanis said.
"He'll fit in offensively as he needs to. Offence isn't our problem.
"He can be the man if required but at the moment he is getting the tough defensive assignments and executing them well.
"He is smart. He will pick and choose his moments. Some nights he'll have opportunities, other nights, he won't.
"I have no issues with Stephen's offensive production. He is doing exactly what I'm asking him to do for the team.''
Lemanis was frustrated with Brisbane's defensive lapses against the Breakers and after a long video review, the Bullets (1-3) spent a majority of Friday's training session on technical and tactical measures to blunt the potent United side led by Chris Goulding, Casey Prather, Casper Ware and Josh Boone.
"If you look at straight rosters, they are probably the most talented. They are going to fire up some crazy stuff,'' he said.
"We are doing a lot of things right but at the end of the day we've got to be able to be solid defensively, more often.''
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