I’m not going to recap this Thunder game. Going to save my bullets. I would just be howling in the wind (and mixing my metaphors), because no one in the world believes this Warriors team should be able to beat the Thunder.
I think the Warriors lost this game for four reasons:
1) They have a GM who doesn’t believe in spread fours, and you need a spread four to beat this team.
2) They have a GM and a coach who don’t understand that David Lee is a great running center, and are not willing to use him to destroy players like Kendrick Perkins.
3) They have a coach who is unwilling to craft a targeted defensive game plan. Like Keith Smart double and triple teaming Russell Westbrook to keep him from driving, and force him to do what he hates: pass. Not to mention to keep Curry out of foul trouble.
Or Don Nelson pushing Kevin Durant RIGHT, into traps, instead of letting him go left at will. (I know, those tapes have been burned.)
4) They have a coach who doesn’t understand matchups and rotations. Like maybe there is no reason to play Biedrins against Kendrick Perkins. Like maybe Jeremy Tyler should only get his developmental minutes against big frontline centers, and never against lineups that the Warriors should be running off the court with small ball. Like maybe Dom McGuire (6-9, 235) is the Warriors best player against Serge Ibaka (6-10, 235).
Like maybe it is a mistake to have both Ellis and Curry off the court at the same time in the fourth quarter. And Nate Robinson and rookies on it.
Small things like that.
Mark Jackson threw his players under the bus again in his post-game comments. I’m starting to wonder how long they are going to take that from a guy who is so profoundly out of his depth as a head coach.
And I’m wondering if they’re wondering what I’m wondering right now…
Did Mark Jackson try to win this game?