Migs said in the game 5 thread that he was happy with how the dubs have shown up for this series, I completely disagree. I am very disappointed with how we’ve played. It’s true that I didn’t think we stood a chance without Bogut, but when I saw how average the Clippers really are, and realized that we really are the more talented team.
I’m tired of hearing guys like Fitz say stuff to the effect of, “When you see Jordan have a night like to night, you can’t help but think there’s a large Aussie that could have changed that.” That is not the reason we haven’t won this series by now. It’s obvious that turnovers and poor decision making (players and coaching) have been our downfall. We could have easily won games 3 and 5, and not be playing game 6 tonight.
I don’t make a lot of assessments on play-calls, lineups, and stuff like that - mainly because I don’t feel like I’m very knowledgeable when it comes to basketball – but I think it’s obvious what our deficiencies are, and what we need to do differently. I'd like to open the conversation to get your guys' takes...
- Start Green – this is going to happen anyways, but I wanted a shout out to our series MVP to be no. 1.
- Don’t be discouraged by the soft reffing in the Clips’s favor – we did this when we got into foul trouble in game 5 and it killed us. Keep playing tough D! If they blow the whistle, fine because we’re going to lose either way (not playing close D or if we get into foul trouble) – Let the refs beat us, not the Clippers.
- DO NOT PLAY SPEIGHTS – at least not on Jordan or Griffin. He is horrible defending these guys.
- DEATH BY PICK AND ROLL – This and our screen game, killed the Clippers in game 1, it works every time we go back to it, and this is the single biggest reason why David Lee is a starter. Lee and Green are both great here, but Lee’s ability to finish makes him far more dangerous, and the Clips know this. So they leak out to guard him, Curry is either left with a miss-match or has a clean look at a three - pick your poison.
- The obvious – Curry, Klay, and Iggy need to show up offensively. Klay has been great (throughout game 2 for everyone), but Curry needs to play angry like he did in the 3rd quarter of game 2. If they want to double him, Klay and Iggy need to hit their shots. Oh, and Lee needs to not have a repeat of game 3 - he has been much better since then.
- The bench needs to show up. These guys should be embarrassed of what they’ve done this series. Without Green, they are nothing.
- Have a plan and stick to it – I cringed every time the ball came into O’Neal (blackhole of offense), or when Curry would dribble into trouble. Move the ball, know where your outlets are, and know where you need to be. We are unbeatable when we move the ball well. I can't recall the amount of times we took the ball past mid-court and looked like we had no idea what we were doing.