Warriors Odd Defensive Strategy Helps Them Take Game 4 (Video)
Though the Warriors came into the playoffs as the heavy favorite in the West, they’ve been given fits by the Memphis Grizzlies in the Western Conference semi-finals, having dropped games 2 and 3, falling to 1-2 in the series. However, Steve Kerr isn’t “coach of the year” for nothing, and he adopted a pretty crazy new defensive strategy to protect the paint at all costs: He put big man Andrew Bogut on shooter Tony Allen. Sort of.
What he actually did was have Bogut play a zone in the paint. If Tony Allen would enter the paint, Bogut would cover him. If Allen stayed out to shoot, he would go undefended. It sounds crazy, but it worked.
Allen didn’t do much with all that freedom, and after his third missed open three-point attempt, he was more or less benched, playing a total of only 16 minutes in the game.
Here’s a clip of what we’re talking about early on:
Oops. It was a bold move, but the defensive strategy paid off for the somewhat desperate Warriors, as they were able to tie the series up 2-2 with Monday’s 101-84 win.
Hat Tip – [ESPN]