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The Warriors are tearing away at the Kings' identity after 5 games
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The Golden State Warriors like to take their opponent’s strengths and flip them into glaring weaknesses. Over the course of a 7-game series, it’s almost sickening to watch Golden State hone in on what their opponent is doing well, and then stifle it when the other team is banking on it most.
The Hardenian Houston Rockets loved shooting threes, so the Warriors lured them into a 3PT shootout where Houston missed 27 in a row. Memphis Grizzlies liked Grit-N-Grind with bruisers like Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol? Don’t guard non-shooting threat Tony Allen so that the paint is clogged defensively and the bigs have no room to operate.
The Cleveland Cavaliers were dominating with size with Timofey Mozgov at center in the 2015 Finals? Start Andre Iguodala and create the Small Ball Death Squad that ran Cleveland out of the gym and changed the game of basketball forever.
The Sacramento Kings are an upstart young team with a proud fanbase. Last night before their Game 5 defeat they were honored not once, not twice, but THRICE for their regular season achievements. That was all before Warriors showed that they are beating the Kings at what Sacramento prides itself on.
Coach of The Year!
Mike Brown, beloved former assistant with the champs, was honored by his great work turning the Kings around from cellar dweller to Western Conference contender.
And just a week ago there was plenty of chatter that Brown was outcoaching Kerr in the series when the Kings jumped out to a 2-0 lead.
But now there’s some questioning of Brown’s tactics going on as the Warriors have ripped off three straight wins and are one more victory away from banishing Sacramento into the offseason.
I went to the Kings Herald and searched the keyword “coach” in the comments to get a realtime view from die-hard Kangz fans to see how they’re feeling about their guy. Here’s a few excerpts from their perspectives:
“Bummer game. I’m just not sure why Coach hasn’t tried more looks. Huerter to me has been way too ineffective on offense for a starting 2 guard. Is he out there for his D? Why not try starting Monk, or give some minutes to T. D. with second team, see if he can get hot from three? Our three point shooting has really been disappointing this series.”
“I’m sick and tired of Keegan getting cooked over and over again on defense and I’m surprised coach went with him down the stretch with the game on the line. He looks positionally lost on defense, can’t stay in front of anyone in a 1:1 matchup, gets smoked on every single pick and roll and is easily out-hustled on the boards repeatedly. It’s coach Brown’s fault he got the crunch time minutes.”
“You are getting out coached if you can’t find a way of getting Murray the ball after the first quarter.”
“I’m a little confused by the lack of offensive adjustments from Coach Brown. Domas is clearly flummoxed by the matchup. He’s also been a turnstile out there in the lane, getting beat for rebounds, etc.”
Hmmmm what adjustments can Coach Brown come up with worthy of that Coach of the Year trophy?
Clutch Player of the Year!
De’Aaron Fox is one of the most exciting players in the NBA, and apparently the clutchest.
And he played heroically through a fractured index finger on his shooting hand last night to give his team a chance.
But when the fourth quarter came and it was Fox’s time to take over? He went 0-of-6 from the field in the final quarter with two turnovers.
Fox has been a breakout star in his playoff debut, but he’s learning how difficult it is to carry clutch minutes against a dynasty’s defense.
Domanatas Sabonis! Led the NBA in rebounding at 12.3 per game! Making his daddy Arvydas proud!
Looney leads the league in rebounding during this posteason though hmmm.
Maybe we should take that Beam they have too!