Stephen Curry’s fancy ball-handling sent Rudy Gobert spinning during the Warriors’ 106-94 win over the Jazz on Tuesday night.
When they switched, Harden called his own number for an isolation.
We saw the Spurs make a big adjustment in Games 2 and 3. Rather than hedging or switching on Harden in the pick-and-roll, they dropped the big back to the paint to protect the rim while Kawhi Leonard chased him around screens. The combination allowed the Spurs to defend pick-and-rolls with two defenders and not give up as many open looks from the perimeter. In fact, the only open shots the Rockets could consistently generate in those games were midrange pull-ups or floaters, both of which are D’Antoni’s kryptonite.
The solution for the Rockets is to involve other players in the pick-and-roll. Even when Leonard was guarding Harden in Games 4 and 5, they’d run a pick-and-roll with whoever was being guarded by Aldridge, Gasol or Lee, no matter if it was a forward or a guard. Ariza has been fantastic in that regard, knowing when to pop and when to roll to the basket for layups or dunks.
X-factor: Patty Mills scored 12 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter, all of them 3-pointers coming off assists from Tony Parker. The Parker-Mills backcourt worked well in the final frame. Parker attacked and drew help defenders while Mills picked his spots along the 3-point line and let it fly Cheap Authentic Baseball Jerseys with no second thought. The Spurs need Mills to stay aggressive, as they were 36-2 in the regular season when he Cheap Atlanta Braves Jerseys scored at least 10 points.