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Lack of Chemistry Costs Warriors Game One?
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On April 21, 2013 @ 8:10 am In Headlines,NBA Headlines | No Comments
Forcing overtime in the Warriors’ first playoff game relied on rookie Draymond Green and Andrew Bogut–who were on the floor together for a grand total of 17 minutes in 11 games this season–wordlessly communicating on defense to stop Nuggets point guard Andre Miller.
They did not.
When Miller drove hard left, Green, not expecting help from Bogut, set himself up to try and block Miller’s shot. That gave Miller the opening to shimmy right and finish a layup with the rim between he and Bogut, who did indeed slide over to help.
With more time together, Green and Bogut no doubt would instinctively know how to defend both such a play and such a player as Miller. Green would’ve shuttled Miller toward Bogut knowing he’d be there. But they haven’t had that time and lack of familiarity looms large in the playoffs.
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