Seeing Kevon Looney pick up his second foul after just three minutes of play against the Spurs, Steve Kerr had no choice but to bring out his titular pivot. His chosen replacement? Andre Iguodala. This one is responsible for defending Jeremy Sochan while Draymond Green takes care of Jakob Poeltl.
” He is our third interior so far. I don’t know if it will continue the cycle pattern. We like having Loon or Draymond on the pitch at all times. So Andre replaced Loon at the start of the game, playing the post four and Draymond the post five. Loon then goes back for Draymond, Andre stays in this setup and plays with Loon “, Details Steve Kerr, quoted by The Athletic.
In today’s league, where coaches tend to reduce the size of their five, this choice is no longer surprising. It’s still prompting an adjustment for the 38-year-old veteran, who has primarily played at position 3 throughout his storied career.
In this new role, Steve Kerr finds it ” Big He is very smart, very long, athletic and versatile in defense. He’s an extra passer, an offensive creator. No matter what formation he is in on the pitch, he makes it look good. “The sample is poor but his point is proven in the numbers: in three appearances, and 42 minutes of play in total, the Warriors show +18 in scoring when he is in the game. Where, in fact, his +16 in tonight’s “blowout”.
In this game, where the Californians dominated below (+20 points on the racket, +17 rebounds), he brought 5 points (2/3 on shots), 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 interception and 1 match in 18 minutes. He even stood up through an authoritarian dunk on the counterattack, which made him feel ” life “. Probably because he had to sprint to get there. Because of the others, evolved into the racket…
Not a fan of discipline…
” This is a big mess. No, I don’t want inside. But I know how to do it. It’s like you’re being punished for being good at your job. I’m joking. But I don’t like it. I defend DeMarcus (Cousins) in the first round last year. The veteran said he prefers to defend with his back because faster players make it harder for him. ” I have to be tired, I want to. By defending these pivots, I really relax. »
Irony or not, Steve Kerr is very happy to have it under his arm. ” Knock on wood, I hope he continues to stay healthy. We will make sure that he is given the proper rest so that he is in good shape. Tonight, it was complicated because we had some guys on the sidelines. I didn’t want to play Looney for the last five or six minutes, but I really had no choice. “, the book Kerr was deprived of his usual interior JaMychal Green (leg) and James Wiseman (ankle).
As a result of these absences, Draymond Green has seen his playing time increase again this season: 31 minutes on average throughout the season (and even 34 in January), compared to two fewer last year. ” We train to give a team everything it needs. If that translates into extra minutes, for a month or more, so be it. So I don’t really share his concern. (note: that of his coach), but I understand. Having the usual two men in the five position can be tricky at times. But I’m not worried about it Green said.