The Warriors played triangle virtually every possession of the second unit in this game, with David Lee in the mid-post. Lee almost never looked at the basket after receiving the ball, instead looking for cutters and open shooters. 7 assists in 16 minutes. Those shots he did take were unassisted — he had to create for himself, usually out of the post. This might help explain to some why Lee scored only two points on four shots.
Lee is the Warriors’ best triangle post player, by far, and Kerr is determined to jam him into the system. One wonders, however, whether it’s the best system for the best pick and roll center in the league.
And one might also wonder whether it’s the best system for Shaun Livingston, the putative backup point guard. As I remember, Phil Jackson’s championship point guards were BJ Armstrong, John Paxon, Steve Kerr and Derrick Fisher. Spot-up three point shooters all. They had a clearly defined and productive role in the triangle. What is Livingston’s role?
And, finally, one might wonder whether it’s a good idea to play two different systems on the first and second units.
As for the rotations, Holiday is certainly helping, and Iggy is hitting at the moment, but the spacing of a Lee, Speights, Livingston and Iggy unit is obviously wretched, and a Lee-Speights frontcourt has obvious defensive challenges.
The Warriors first unit is dominating, of course, but what we’re currently seeing from the second unit may not be good enough in the playoffs. Despite all the Warriors’ success to date, Kerr is clearly still wrestling with Lacob’s cube.