Andre Iguodala stepped up…Warriors third
After seeing Kevon Looney record his second foul after just three minutes against the Spurs, Steve Kerr had no choice but to release the title pivot. His replacement choice? Andre Iguodala. That left Jeremy Socha in charge of defense, while Draymond Green took care of Jakob Poeltl.
” He is currently our third interior. I don’t know if this will continue as a rotation pattern. We like Loon or Draymond to be on the court all the time. So, Andre replaces Loo at the beginning of the match, plays the four and Draymond plays the five post. Then Loon goes back for Draymond, Andre stays in that formation and plays with Loon “, details quoted by Steve Kerr, The Athletic.
In today’s league, where coaches tend to downsize the five, this choice is no longer surprising. That still makes an adjustment for the 38-year-old veteran, who has played mostly at the No. 3 position throughout his storied career.
In this new role, Steve Kerr finds that ” Excellent. He is very smart, very long, athletic and versatile defensively. He is a complementary passer, an offensive creator. Whatever form he’s on the field, he makes it better. “The sample is weak, but his point is borne out by the numbers: in three games and 42 minutes total, the Warriors are +18 when he’s in that game. That’s right, his +16 is in tonight’s ‘explosion.’
In this game, in which the Californians dominated below (+20 points on the racket, +17 rebounds), he brought 5 points (2/3 shooting), 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal and 1 game in 18 minutes. He even stood out with an authoritarian dunk on the counterattack, which made him feel ” alive “. Maybe he had to run to get there. Because for the rest, rocket development…
Not a disciplinarian…
” This mess is terrible. No, I don’t like being inside. But I know how to do it. It’s almost as if you’re being punished for being good at your job. I say this in jest. But I don’t like it. I was defending DeMarcus (cousin) in the first round last year. The veteran says he prefers to defend on the back because faster players knock him down more. ” I must be tired, I like to be. By defending in these turns, I can really relax. »
Irony or not, Steve Kerr is more than happy to have him under his arm. ” Knock on wood, hopefully it continues to stay healthy. We will make sure to give him adequate rest to keep him in good shape. It was tough tonight because there were a few guys on the sidelines. I didn’t want to play Looney for the last five or six minutes, but I really had no choice. “, book Kerr without his usual interior JaMychal Green (foot) and James Wiseman (ankle).
As a result of these shortcomings, Draymond Green saw his playing time increase again this season: he averaged 31 minutes during the season (and even 34 in January), less than half of a year ago. ” We train to give the team everything it needs. If that translates into extra minutes for a month or so, so be it. So I really don’t share his concern. (note: coach’s), but I understand. Basically having two guys in the fifth position can be difficult at times. But I’m not worried about that ” Green says.
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