Restoring the Warriors' last two nonsensical offenses was Curry's selection or Kerr's tactical error
In the early morning of December 3, Beijing time, the Warriors were overturned by the Clippers when they once led by 22 points. Counting the 24-point reversal by the Kings on November 29, the Warriors suffered two 20+ point reversals in just a few days, which is really miserable. Statistically, before these two games, during the Kerr era, the Warriors had a 288-4 record when leading by 20+ points in the playoffs.
After the game, the focus of public opinion was on Curry's final pass selection, believing that he encountered a LeBron James-style conundrum, choosing the latter between the hero ball and the reasonable ball. But in fact, it wasn't Curry's passing choices that should be questioned, but the entire tactical execution, including Curry's missed shot 18 seconds before the end of the game.
Was it Curry's execution problem, or was Kerr's tactics wrong?
Half a minute before the end of the game, the Warriors led the Clippers 112-110, and the Warriors executed key offense. The initial matchup of the game was Leonard against Curry and Mann against Moody.
Curry came up to cover for Moody, Moody got off the guard, and Leonard instructed Mann to switch defenses. At this time, Mann played against Curry, Leonard played against Moody, and the Warriors' tactical execution helped Curry get rid of Leonard's entanglement, and the first goal was achieved.
Theoretically, Pojemski, who was being targeted by Powell, was the most reasonable choice to create a pinch or switch defenses for Curry's cover, and Powell was the weakest defender on the Clippers. But Podemsky took it apart after fake cover and didn't force the Clippers to flank or change guards.
One of the big points of contention at this time is that Wei Shao is defending against Green, and Green is standing in the bottom left corner in the tactical execution. Even if Green scored four three-pointers today, he still couldn't play a role in opening up space. When Green doesn't go up to cover and just crouch in the bottom corner, his value is limited. Of course, Kerr left Green on the court and put him in the bottom corner, probably considering that Saric shot 0-of-2 from three-point range today, while Green happened to shoot 4-of-7 from three-point range.
In the end, the offense ended with Curry defending the Clippers' outside gate Mann and forcing a mid-range shot, and his left side breakthrough was defended by Wei Shao and could only force a mid-range shot.
8.9 seconds before the end of the game, Curry executed the life-and-death ball, first looking at the initial alignment, or Leonard versus Curry, George versus Thompson, and the Clippers' alignment directly dismantled the possibility of Kutang Tang's dismantling. From the perspective of tactical execution, in the case of limited time, the Warriors did not consider taking Leonard away from Curry through cover like the previous tactic, and Curry faced Leonard's single defense after receiving the ball.
When Curry starts to break through on the left, the rest of the execution is exactly the same as the previous round. Green didn't come up to cover, but landed in the bottom left corner. After Curry burst in, Wei Shao helped defend, Curry gave the ball to Green, and Green hit the iron.
Everyone is talking about Curry's passing options, but looking back at the two rounds, what we can't figure out is what role Green played in those two executions on Kerr's board.
A tactician who has studied Warriors tactics for a long time questioned: "I don't know what's going on, and in that case, the Warriors should have let Green come up and cover, force out a switch or a pinch shot, and create an advantage, rather than having Green play the so-called space point." ”
This kind of questioning is completely reasonable, because it is Wei Shao who defends Green, and if Wei Shao and Leonard sandwich Curry, Green can catch the ball and operate the subsequent 4 to 3. If Wei Shao changes defense, Curry's success rate in singles against Wei Shao is obviously higher than that in singles Leonard and Mann.
Of course, the Warriors didn't lose in these two rounds, and the 20+ lead was reversed twice, and the Warriors still have a lot to reflect on. The details highlighted by these two rounds are among the questions for the Warriors to reflect on.