How would you defend this GSW lineup?
Assuming that all players injury free.
As a Warrior fan, I was wondering if your team was away@GS and was up by 5 with 5 minutes to go in the 4th.
GSW had a lineup of
Who would you put on & with what type of defense ?
Bulls could do Rose, Kirk, Butler, Deng, Noah. They match up pretty well. Snell is a capable defender as well who could go against several of those wings of GS.
GS should be really fun again, I really like that lineup. Just hope the loss of Jack and Landry don't hurt them too much.
The Pacers could do it anyway you want it. Of course the defense will be straight up man to man. That's the only way the Pacers do it.
They could go small at the four to match up with Barnes:
Or they could say F it and stay big at the four and punish Barnes on the block:
*Depending on who's playing better between Granger and Stephenson... That's who'd be on the floor.
Or the Pacers could just go big at all positions:
*Both George and Stephenson have the size, length, strength, athleticism, etc to make things difficult for Curry and Thompson.
Either way, it's a wrap.
Lol at David West punishing Barnes.
Dude had a tough time "punishing" Battier down-low. Now imagine having Bogut as a weakside defender.
It's kind of hard to punish a player when the coach knows he'll get punished and isn't dumb enough to keep him on the floor. Battier had his worst series of the playoffs vs the Pacers and barely even played the last three games. He played like 12 minutes total.
In the game Battier did play major minutes though, he was punished. West had 26 points on 11/17 shooting and if it wasn't for dumb moves by Vogel and George, the Pacers steal game one.
Barnes isn't the defender that Battier is. There's no way the Warriors are dumb enough to leave him in single coverage vs West.
And Bogut can help on the weakside all he wants... I'm sure Hibbert would be okay with getting all of the offensive rebounds and easy putbacks lol.
That Golden State lineup is definitely tough, but so many teams play small ball now that it wouldn't be hard for good teams to match up against them.
Bully Barnes? maybe at the 4 but not at the 3. Hes getting bigger and bigger so he can play the pf at times along with the sf GS has always had a great training staff remember under don nelson these guys had to run run run.It has become a culture and also barnes played PF most of high school hes not as weak as you think he is expect him to get bigger and bigger.Its a giving he would have a problem with west if they match up but he would demolish west on offense which a open the 3 point shooting for the rest of the team and cutting .
if you want to beat golden state you get Andrew in foul trouble and whatever you do run klay,barnes and CURRY off the 3 even that means allowing them to blow past you into help defense.So what smother them Klay doesn't finish well around the rim I saw video on it and the advance stats
this is something I just binged for reference
Klay "shot 20 for 92 (21.7%) inside the paint, but outside of the restricted area underneath the basket. That’s right, a shooter like Klay Thompson ranked 391st in the NBA."
So run them off the 3 ,slow the game down , attack the inside to get andrew in foul touble and give iggy a cushion like they did LeBron in the finals.
Grizzlies could go with Conley, Tony Allen, Tay Prince, Z Bo or Ed Davis, and Marc Gasol. I would use Gasol in the middle to anchor the defense and guard Bogut. I would probably use Ed Davis as a more athletic big man who could block shots too. Put him on Barnes. I would let Tony Allen clamp down on Steph Curry and then use Conley against Iggy. Iggy would be much stronger so I would back off him a bit and let him shoot jumpers. Then use Prince's length to bother Klay Thompson.
The Heat would go with Chalmers on Steph Curry or even put LeBron on Curry. Then Wade on Klay Thompson. Chalmers on Iggy if he is not playing Curry. If the Heat go big then they could also go with Shane Battier on Harrison Barnes. Barnes is a good player who can do a lot of things, but I think Shane could take a lot of this stuff away. Then put Bosh on Iggy. Iggy might be quicker than Bosh but Bosh is pretty quick himself and is also long and a solid shot blocker. Then use Birdman or Oden at the 5 spot to clog up the lane, block shots, and guard Bogut. Birdman would be more athletic and a better high riser to block shots, with Oden having more bulk, being a better straight up defender, as well as being a better rebounder.
The Heat are so tough since they are so versatile with so many weapons. They can go big or small. And, even their "small" teams are pretty big. They are at least athletic and long with their quick lineups with Wade, LeBron, and Bosh.
Grizzlies vs. Warriors would be an intriguing matchup. Two different styles but both teams are loaded. This would be a great conference finals matchup but I actually have them playing each other in the first round (with Clippers as the top seed, Thunder at 3, Spurs at 3, Rockets at 6, Denver at 7 and Minny at 8).
The Thunder obviously matches up well with the Warriors. They can go with Westbrook on Curry, then put Thabo's expert perimeter defense on Klay Thompson. At the 3, Kevin Durant's freakish height, length, and athleticism would bother Iggy. KD could also offer weak side shot blocking help. At the center spot I would go with Serge Ibaka to bother Bogut with his size and shot blocking skills. I would put Nick Collison on Harrison Barnes. Not the best matchup, but Collison is smart and physical and could find a way to deal with Barnes (who would be at the 4 spot for the Warriors in this scenario). If Barnes was abusing Collison I would then take Durant and put him on Barnes. The Thunder could also go big with Steven Adams at the 5 to go against Bogut (New Zealand vs. Australia), then Ibaka at the 4 with enough raw energy, and athleticism to go up against Barnes. Then keep Durant, Thabo, and Westbrook on the perimeter. OKC might try going small too, with Reggie Jackson being a bull dog against Curry, Thabo on Klay Thompson, Westbrook on Iggy, Durant on Harrison Barnes, and then throwing Ibaka at Bogut (or Adams, or K Perk, or Collison, or even Hasheem Thabeet). It would also help if Jeremy Lamb and Perry Jones were being developed. Each guy has talent and athleticism and enough length for solid perimeter defense.
Warriors vs. Rockets would be a thrilling matchup with each team having similar personnel. Curry vs. Lin/Beverly, Thompson vs. Harden, Iggy vs. Chandler Parsons, Barnes vs. T Rob/Motie, and then Bogut vs. Dwight Howard/Asik. This would be an ideal 3 vs. 6 or 4 vs. 5 matchup in the first round.
The Rockets would simply go small.
Lin/Beverly on Curry
Harden on Thompson
Parsons/Ronnie Brewer on Iggy
Parsons/Ronnie Brewer on Barnes
Howard/Asik on Bogut
could i tank the game?
lol! j/k, i'll use the nets as an example.
i could go smaller to try to defend smaller, but if there's only 5 minutes left, then kg could keep up with iggy on defense. he couldn't do that the whole game, but for 5 minutes it could work. i would have to stay with this lineup because the warriors would have just as hard a time defending this lineup or even a more difficult time perhaps then the nets would defending the warriors. defense would be automatic switch on pick and roll. any time warriors look for bogut, the defender on the opposite side from the ball on the court positions himself within striking distance of causing bogut to get the ball, denying him the ball altogether. open man is across the other side of the court, meaning the switch could be on time. the other note worthy scheme i would do on defense is force the guards to take it to the hole more. curry and thompson are 2 of the best 3 point shooters in the league. they are actually more comfortable behind the arc than they are in short range. it won't be easily, just depends how quickly the defense can pull switches off. oh and nets players i'd want to get in the warriors head and rough them up a little during the right situations, especially if there's fouls to give.
I don't like the Harrison Barnes PF move at all, it reminds me of Thaddeus Young's situation.
Except that Barnes has a very polished offensive game and young doesnt.
this looks interesting!
so, first up- 5 minutes to go in a game, i'm guessing the warriors are running their early offense through Iggy (just like they used Jarrett Jack last year) with Steph Curry coming off screens. Klay & Barnes will spot up.
So, I want a nice mobile big to guard Bogut to show on the screens to make sure we make the pass to Curry as hard as possible. I'll probably get my tallest, most athletic SF/SG to chase Curry round screens and take away the quick 3 off the screen, and then my second best defender on Iggy to really pressure the ball and not get beaten 1on1.
Tactically, for the first two minutes of the last 5 I'd ask the guys guarding Klay & Barnes to really stay at home EXCEPT if the Warriors start staggering screens for Steph. What I really want to do is stop Steph getting the ball, stay at home on the other guys and try to make Iggy beat me one-on-one- cause I think that's a lower percentage look.