Still haven’t had a chance to watch the Pacers game, and may not for a while, but a few things stand out from the box score:
1) Just how dependent Barnes and Green are on Curry for their offense. Barnes’ numbers simply plummet with Curry off the floor, just as you might expect for a low usage player who can’t create his own shot. It should be clear that this would also be true for Green, if he were forced to play more minutes without Curry.
There is no second unit point guard who can draw the defense, and get them their shots.
2) Green has failed to exceed 6 rebounds in three of the last four games. I ask again, is power forward his best position? Even if it were, would STARTING him at power forward against the likes of David West be the best solution to Lacob’s Cube? Or would starting him at three and then shifting him to power forward later in the game, the way all the other great defensive stretch-fours in the league are used — including three he might face in the playoffs: Kawhi, KD and LeBron — be more productive?
3) Whatever position Shaun Livingston played last night, it wasn’t point guard. 2 assists?
Can the Warriors win in the playoffs without a backup point guard?
4) I’m going further out on a limb here, but the box score tells me that Kerr stuck with his system, and didn’t allow Livingston to play pick and roll. Which in my opinion is one of only two possible ways to play him. The other being posting him up. The only efficient way to use a guard who can’t stretch the floor is to put the ball in his hands and ask him to create.
5) The showcase is over, and yet Harrison Barnes is still starting, and getting 29 minutes to David Lee’s 18.
My mind boggles, but that’s not the point. The point is that David Lee is gone. This is his last season as a Warrior.
Management has spoken.