By Marcus Thompson
Monday, November 27th, 2006 at 9:35 pm in Uncategorized.
One of the most frustrating things about watching the Warriors play is their propensity for leaving known shooters wide open. I’m so tired of seeing players so out of position they have to haul tail to just to get a hand up. What’s worse is they allow themselves to get sucked into the paint, where they don’t even defend the basket.
It happened all game long against Phoenix. They kept leaving Raja Bell open even though he was clearly on fire. It happened against San Antonio. There was a drive late in the game, when the Warriors had a chance to put it away, where Tony Parker drove to the basket and Mike Dunleavy left Brent Barry — a known 3-pointer shooter — to chase Parker. What did Parker do? Kick it out to Barry, who hit a 3-pointer.
It’s not just Dunleavy. They all do it. Baron. J-Rich. They all lose focus, scattering around trying to get steals and blocks, leaving their man all alone to set their feet, lick their fingertips, practice their form, calm down with a few deep breaths, shave, and wait for the kick out pass.
If you’re guarding a shooter, especially with the game on the line, why not face guard your man? Let the guys defending less-capable shooters help out. Don’t let a team back in the game by giving them open looks at the three.