Especially lately, Mark Jackson has emphasized he wanted the Warriors to play more uptempo. He said a faster pace takes advantage of their strengths, so he wants to speed it up.
That goes especially for the up-there-in-age Los Angeles Lakers tonight.
JACKSON: “We understand what they’re going through. But its important for us to play to our strengths. Continue to be disciplined on the defensive end and, it’s no secret, we want to force the tempo.”
That means you’ll probably see a lot more David Lee and Carl Landry than you will of Festus Ezeli and one of the two. Jackson said those are his two best big men since Andrew Bogut is sidelined the next week at least. Jackson said he’ll take the lumps he’ll receive on the defensive end because Lee and Landry presents match-up problems on the offensive end.
JACKSON: “But I think with both of those guys, ultimately you understand you’re going to be overmatched. The important thing for them is to compete and make life tough. What we want to do is take advantage of what we have on the other end.”
Jackson said Landry is the better of the two at guarding centers, primarily because of his strength. But he said Lee has been solid on defense — paying attention to details, sticking to the principles and gameplan instead of freestyling.
They each do enough on that end to make them playing together tolerable on the defensive end, Jackson said. On the other end, Lee is good at running the floor and Landry is especially effective on the secondary break because his moves are efficient and his decisions are quick.
The key will be rebounding. With the Lakers’ size up front, the Warriors really need the guards to crash the glass as they have been.
JACKSON: “That’s how we want to play. Even with Bogut, a big man that protects the paint and rebounds, I think it’s easier to push. But overall I want that to be part of our identity. We’ve got great shooting in the backcourt. We’ve got guys that can make plays. I want to get as many easy hoops as possible.”
More to watch for tonight …