By Marcus Thompson
Friday, April 27th, 2007 at 9:49 pm in Uncategorized.
Don Nelson had a nice tweak for the Mavericks to start the game. He put Andris Biedrins in the starting lineup in place of Al Harrington. It was a genius counter to the Mavericks big lineup.
Andris gave the Warriors length inside to contest the Mavericks 7-footer and rebound the ball. It also gave the Warriors a proven finisher inside. Harrington is not the factor in the paint Andris is unless he’s against a smaller defender.
Jackson milked the pick-and-roll with Biedrins for three dunks, something that wouldn’t have happened with Harrington. Plus, the Warriors uptempo game doesn’t slow down because Andris can run the floor better than most big men.
Did you see his running one-hand dunk. He took off from Walnut Creek and stretched to East Oakland.
The move also gave the Warriors more punch off the bench. As it was before, the only offense that had coming into the game was Pietrus and Barnes, which is not exactly reliable. Harrington (though he struggled again offensively) givs the Warriors proven offense off the bench, and creates a mismatch advantage when the Mavericks decide to go small — which is how Harrington got to the line for nine free throws Friday.
Your move, Avery.