Feeling lazy and uninspired, so I’ll limit myself to two quick points about the game.
1) Crunch time is an unmitigated disaster for this coaching staff. Take a moment to compare the pick and roll with Monta and Lee @1:25 with the botched Curry/Lee pnr @0:35. The first was perfectly executed, helped greatly by the team’s perfect spacing. Look in particular at Curry deep in the LEFT CORNER.
On the Curry pnr, by contrast, all three Warriors outside the play were lumped together on the RIGHT side, which is the side Curry dribbled to, right into a trap. Someone blew it bigtime here, either the coaches or a player. Maybe Curry’s partly to blame as well — if you stop tape @0:32 you can see Lee is wide open… why did Curry turn his back on him? At any rate, Memphis had two players guarding the basket due to the Warriors’ blown spacing.
The Warriors final offensive possession was absolutely ridiculous. What kind of coach calls a play for his power forward to catch 20 feet from the basket and drive the lane? Absurd.
I’ll say it again. Don Nelson ran simple isos with Stephen Curry at the top of the key to end games. They can’t be trapped, there’s no pass to pick off, no player to blow an assignment.
And it worked. Stephen Curry cannot be guarded one-on-one, has unlimited range, and is as clutch as any player in the league.
Including Jeremy Lin, whom Mike D’Antoni has had no problem trusting.
2) That +17 second quarter was no accident. There are very few teams in the league that can put a second unit on the floor that can run with Ekpe Udoh, Dom McGuire, Rush, Thompson and Curry/Monta/Nate/Jenkins.
Note also that Jackson ran Curry with the second unit, leaving Nate on the bench. I have been stating for two seasons that Monta and Curry should never both be off the court at the same time. I also believe that Monta should be running the point much more often, not Nate nor anyone else, when Curry is off the floor. Not only is Monta a far better point than Nate, but this gives both Curry and Monta a chance to play with a big two guard. Wasn’t this the whole point of Brandon Rush and Klay Thompson? To PROTECT the Ellis-Curry backcourt?
And Jeremy Tyler was left on the bench.
I’m afraid that Jackson made these decisions out of desperation, not because a lightbulb went off. But the Warriors must play this way in the second quarter every single game if they want to win. They have to attack the second quarter every single game, try to put up a +17 every single game.
Their frontline unit, playing 4 on 5, is just not good enough to win otherwise. If they want to win, this Warriors team MUST play small, and MUST try to run other teams off the floor.
No matter how much Joe Lacob hates it.
Goose Eggs: When oh when are the Bay Area media going to ask Joe Lacob the REAL questions concerning his refusal to amnesty Andris Biedrins?
Did Lacob know?