a8bil wrote:It was interesting to watch this series, in terms of what the Raps put on the floor. They got basically nothing on the offensive end from Green, but he was still productive in that he played (at times) good defense. Vanvleet gave them inconsistent scoring, but scrappy defense. if you go around their roster, they really didn't get consistent offensive production from anyone besides Leonard, but they got good defensive effort from everyone on the floor--sufficient to harass Steph. by contrast, the Warriors simply got inconsistent performances on both ends of the floor from their non-core players. To me, that was the difference. You can't expect guys like Jerebko, Cook, Bell, etc. to lead us offensively, but if they are not contributing on either end of the floor, GSW can be exploited. I think in the off season they need to re-tool to get guys who can at least be relied up for solid defense and/or rebounding.
Teams that rely heavily on 3's will by nature tend to be inconsistent. Certainly there will be times like game 5 when they shoot 25% from deep and lose. But they will have plenty of other games when guys like Green, Siakam, Van Vleet, Gasol, etc. will hit those 3's and win. Those guys shoot well enough that it is reasonable to bank on more good games than bad. When you have guys like Andre, Draymond, McKinnie, etc. taking those open shots, the odds reverse and it is more likely to have poor shooting games than good ones.