So, How Do You Guard Boozer?

This is going to be the key to the series, if you ask me. If the Warriors can make life hard for Boozer, they win in five. But who can they use to get it done?
They’ve used Harrington in the past, and he’s done a fair job. They could start Andris on Boozer, but then you risk getting Biedrins in foul trouble early. Either solution leaves Stephen Jackson on Mehmet Okur. Fortunately for the Warriors, he has no intention of going inside.
I would start with Andris on Boozer simply because I would rather Harrington work himself back into a rhythm. If he starts Game 1 and struggles, you may lose him for the series. Even if it means Andris gets two quick fouls, I’d take that risk. Al can come off the bench and guard Boozer, and it wouldn’t be something brand new. He’s done it before. If necessary, I would send help, like they did with Dirk, but it can’t be from Okur or Deron’s defender. I would send whoever is guarding Kirilenko and Fisher. They both have struggled from the outside.
But that’s only if Andris doesn’t work. I think his length and athleticism could bother Boozer, and Harrington is a good Plan B.

Marcus Thompson

  • beau

    double, double, double him. i think nellie’s plan will be to make fisher and ak47 and williams shoot as many jumpers as possible.

    harrington has to play well for them to win, b/c baron will not have the free reign into the paint as he did against dallas, both b/c of his hamstring and utah’s d is tougher and more solid than dallas (no matter what stats say. you take their dampier/diop out, and they’re a sieve, as proven by the 1st round.) so harrington, jackson, jr all have to shoot well from the outside.

  • EJ

    i really don’t think we’d need to double down on boozer. i think we make him beat, rather than okur, ak-47, or fish. we just can’t let him get deep position, but the w’s have been doing a good job denying the post by fronting.

    that houston/utah series was PAINFUL to watch. BOOOOOOORING.

  • James

    Only way to stop him is to deny him the ball, get in the passing lanes and don’t let him get any passes near the rim. Keep him outside of his comfortable range and take away his dribble with double teams.

    And knee him hard in his family jewels. Matt Barnes is capable of that.

    Also infuriate Boozer by telling him to use some Proactiv, it’s like the guy is going through puberty or something.

  • Vahe Minassian

    I think the only way the warriors can beat the Jazz is if the warriors play zone defense like they did late in the game when Baron got hurt. I also think this would be the best time to use Adonal Foyle’s big body to gaurd boozer in the post… one good thing about this match up is, boozer is a bit fatigued while Foyle is fresh.

  • Marcus Thompson

    James, the Proactiv crack was cold blooded

  • Yee

    if we put adonal in the game, our offense wont run efficiently.

  • James

    Marcus, sorry, I had to say something mean because he’s going to murder us in the paint and the glass…

    Kinda weird how he’s a lot more dangerous than Dirk.

  • commish

    After watching game 1, I think the question is more how do we find a way–any way–to block Boozer out so we don’t get completely dominated on both the offensive and defensive boards. I wish Harrington would develop as much desire and motivation on defense as he has to be a potent force on offense. But maybe that just isn’t going to happen.