Ben Gordon is a known shooter. He had just nailed a 3-pointer from the right wing about a minute earlier. So when he gets the ball at the top of the key, what does Stephen Jackson do? Not put a hand up.
Gordon nailed it, of course.
So when Gordon was left all alone from the left wing with the game on the line (why is it that, knowing a three beats you, the Warriors didn’t assign someone to face guard a shooter like Gordon), you know you gasped in utter helplessness. You just knew it was going in. You just knew victory was going to be snatched from your team because someone lost focus and wandered from the most dangerous shooter on the court.
The Warriors dodged a bullet on that one.

Marcus Thompson

  • beau

    and watching it on tv, you get the angle from directly behind gordon and when he put that 3 up, it looked dead on. by the grace of his extra adrenaline, they escaped.

  • jim

    What do you have against Sarunas? He plays with energy and helped bring the W’s back into this game. Besides, his passes are intelligent and well executed and he is finding his place on the floor. I have liked what I have seen from him in the last two games.

  • commish

    Hey Marucs, with the Forum shut down, are you going to take some questions (as opposed to rants) from the Warrior faithful? If so, why doesn’t Nellie and the coaching staff make the players D-up against the outside shooters? Every game some no name or known name goes off from the parimeter. Is that because of the zone defense Nellie prefers? Like you, I was throwing up my hands which is more than any Warrior defender was doing when Gordon took his shot.

  • Marcus Thompson

    What do I have against Sarunas? Just that he’s slow and he can’t create. PGs need to create. But I agree, he has been solid. He has to make that free throw, though.

  • Marcus Thompson

    It is partly the zone defense. They just don’t have it down tight. The best-executed zone defenses don’t leave guys THAT wide open. The problem is, in the zone or not, the Warriors lack discipline on defense. They lose focus, they gamble, they get lost in the shuffle. All of it leaves someone wide-open. Nellie, or any coach, doesn’t really like face guarding (remember, it took him until the final play to have Barnes face guard Ray Allen) because it opens up penetration. Unless you are like the Pistons and have several solid man-to-man defenders, you rely on help defense and rotations. Face-guarding someone leaves a hole in the rotation, unless you run like a box-and-one. Ideally, Nellie would like for the players to get the rotation down, that way, there won’t be guys that wide open. Sure, there’ll be open looks. But a guy will know ‘Let me not drift too far. I have a noted shooter in my zone.’