By Marcus Thompson
Tuesday, December 11th, 2007 at 9:31 pm in Uncategorized.
Andris Biedrins made his fourth start of the season Tuesday night. He came in with just over five minutes left and immediately paid dividends.
Through three quarters, the Warriors were up 79-64 and Biedrins was a big factor. He had 14 points and five rebounds and an assist. He was vital because the Warriors started the game bricking outside shots. Biedrins immediately gave them someone who could finish inside. He finished the quarter with six points, and the Warriors 8-point deficit was down to two entering the second quarter.
Doesn’t it seems like Biedrins always come off the bench and provide a spark? Before tonight, he averaged 8.7 points and 10.3 rebounds in three stints off the bench, compared with 11.4 points and 9.9 rebounds as a starter.
Should the Warriors keep Biedrins in the starting lineup permanently, or make him the sixth man? He’s shown he can be effective both ways. I lean towards starti ng him, and bringing him off the bench against low-post scoring centers, such as Saturday’s game against Miami and Shaq. I don’t like Biedrins picking up early fouls, plus it gives the smaller unit a chance to tire out the opposing big man.