This must be what Mick Jagger feels like when he has to perform “Satisfaction” for the millionth time. Anyway…
I’ve covered this ground before, but the thought that kept running through my mind as I watched this evening’s butt-ugly Cavaliers/Warriors game was this: The Warriors could easily solve their offensive problems by getting David Lee into the game. Not let him take over the game; just insert a proven, low-post scorer into the game, give him five minutes or so to help kickstart the offense, and then once the Cavs are back on their heels, let the front line players take over and push the thing further along.
But that’s not going to happen, even when the Dubs are hideous on offense, as they were tonight, because Steve Kerr has simply decided that Lee does not belong on his team. Next season that will be fine; but right now, Golden State’s offense simply disappears for long stretches. Lee’s shortcomings on defense have been exhaustively chronicled, but he does know how to score. Cleveland seems to be surviving fairly well with offense-first, defense-stupid J.R. Smith in their rotation; the Warriors could do likewise, and throw another healthy, rested body at Cleveland’s short rotation in the process. This seems like it should be a no-brainer, but the “brain” is simply stuck on “No” right now.
I hope this doesn’t ultimately bring down the Warriors–even with the series tied, they are still clearly the better team–but right now there’s way more hope in Cleveland than there should be, and that’s as much about strategy as it is about bad shooting nights or LeBron’s superiority.