By Marcus Thompson
Monday, May 14th, 2007 at 7:24 pm in Uncategorized.
“What do you think about playing Foyle some more to contain Boozer? Can’t hurt to try it, right?” — itsagreattimeout
I don’t think it would hurt to try, but it would hurt to try for too long. Putting Foyle in slows the game down, which plays right into Utah’s hands. Plus, it gives you one less offensive option on the floor, and his presence clogs the paint. The Warriors need space, and an empty key, to take advantage of their athleticism and skill advantage.
However, if the game is already slow, as it was in Game 4, it won’t hurt to go with Foyle for the purpose of buying time and getting a fresh look to energize things. A couple of blocks and a hustle play by Foyle have been known to give the Warriors added energy, which they needed badly. So, while the Warriors were dragging, Foyle could’ve given them a spark, especially at home. Give him a few minutes to make something happen. If he doesn’t sit him back down.
It was certainly a better option than chucking 3-pointers and hoping they fall. Certainly, on offense, Adonal turns the Warriors into halfcourt team. But maybe he helps execute better. Maybe he sets better screens. Maybe he can block out Boozer better and open up offensive rebound opportunities for someone else.
It was worth a couple minutes, at least.