quote:Originally posted by DoubleD:
Not defending Mark Jackson, but the Blazers would probably prefer to have Barnes take that shot. I don't see any brilliance with that play. A brilliant play would free up Curry or Klay to take the shot. No?
DD, I'll give you a pass, since you didn't have to suffer through the Mark Jackson era of "iso ball/hero ball".
Drawing up a play in the latter stages of the game isn't just about "hey guys, do this and do that, and it will be guaranteed to work no matter what the opposing team does". Terry Stotts, were it not for the Dubs setting the single-season record for wins, would've been the Coach of the Year. Kerr knows that Stotts is instructing his players to key on Steph and Klay, and basically put their fate in letting Dray/HBarnes/Iggy take the shot. If you watch that play again, you can see how much defensive attention Steph (2 guys marking/chasing him, and Lillard lets HBarnes leak out to the 3 pt line while he becomes the 3rd Blazer to be paying his full attention to Steph driving thru the lane) gets after he receives the ball, and that the Blazers were trying to prevent Steph from passing to Klay in the corner. Iggy was wide open at the top, and Dray's man was playing well off of him as well.
Kerr knew full well that Steph and Klay would essentially occupy at least 4 of the 5 defenders out there, and designed a play where the other Warriors were all ready to receive the ball and shoot. So Kerr felt that a wide open HBarnes (or Dray, or Iggy) was preferable to either Steph or Klay shooting a contested shot.