With no fewer than five players averaging 13 points or more, the Celtics outperform the Warriors in terms of offensive spread in this Finals. This observation was largely verified in Game 3 where Stephen Curry (31 points), Klay Thompson (25) and Andrew Wiggins (18) scored 74 of their team’s 100 points.
“ These two guys did their job last night, I didn’t do mine “, concedes Draymond Green (2 points to 1/4 on shots) speaking of the “Splash Brothers”. He considers that it will always be their responsibility, to the three strong men of the team, ” whatever the depth of our bench “.
The idea of mobilizing its men on the bench more is, however, a ” possibility for Steve Kerr. The latter, during Thursday’s press briefing, was asked about the idea of sending youngsters Moses Moody and Jonathan Kuminga to fight against the Celtics who seem more athletic in this series.
“ We never exclude anything”replies the coach who hardly used his two rookies in the final. “It’s something we discuss every day among the staff. Should we insert another player in the rotation? Should we change a combination, a combination in the five? We discuss it all, we make the best possible decision and we stick to it. »
“We have always relied on our bench depth”
For now, like Ime Udoka, he mainly relies on eight players. In addition to his five major and his sixth man Jordan Poole, Steve Kerr mobilizes the former residents of the infirmary, Otto Porter Jr. and Gary Payton II. To see if the coach tries a bet with his young people, or even with Nemanja Bjelica, whom he regretted not having used more against the Mavs.
” We have always relied on our bench depth”notes Draymond Green. “There is a fair balance to be found for coaches. We don’t want to go too far with the bench, at the risk of disturbing the rhythm of the guys who play a lot. Sometimes we want to go further. It’s always a game that coaches face. Sometimes we are right. Sometimes we are wrong. But in the end, we trust our team of coaches. »
And if Steve Kerr and his assistants decide on the contrary to reduce their rotations, it will be up to the major players to respond. ” Whether with 35 minutes or 42 minutes “, figures the interior which, like the “Splash Brothers”, plays 36 minutes on average.
” Do I think our bench depth can help us? Yes, because I believe in our guys, who can come off the bench and bring something. If Coach Kerr decides to mobilize them more, it will help us because I have faith in these guys. If not, then it’s up to us, the guys who are playing the majority of the minutes the others would have, to make sure we bring that energy for 48 minutes, no matter the situation. “, ends Draymond Green.
|Gary Payton II||71||17.6||61.6||35.8||60.3||1.0||2.5||3.5||0.9||0.6||1.4||0.3||1.8||7.1|
|Juan Toscano Anderson||73||13.6||48.9||32.2||57.1||0.4||2.0||2.4||1.7||0.9||0.7||0.2||1.6||4.1|