The Blazers’ strategy made sense, but they didn’t have the personnel to carry it out. Teams can’t play wing players who can’t shoot because the Warriors are too good at closing off space away from the ball. It’s how they neutralized Tony Allen with Andrew Bogut in the 2015 Playoffs and it’s how they’ve neutralized countless teams thereafter. Opponents’ only chance is to force Green on their best perimeter player and space out with terrific shooters to prevent anyone else from helping.
Obviously, that strategy has ripple effects elsewhere. Playing more shooters usually means downsizing, which plays right into the Warriors’ game. There’s also the pesky problem of Kevin Durant zipping around as a Draymond lite, putting out fires at the rim and anywhere else when Green himself is beat.
But at least that’s better than letting Draymond dominate four games with absurd block and steal numbers, snarling and trash talking with every stop.
This is part B of “shaking up the core”, which begins with letting J.J. Redick walk. I’m not sure exactly how this deal will wind up (a lot depends on if the Knicks are the team that ends up signing J.J., in which case some sign-and-trade scenarios become possible), but the Clippers are going to aggressively make a play to add another star scorer.
Anthony is a big part of selling the vision that this franchise can reload and run it back without being “the same thing over and over again.” Adding a solid 3rd big with the MLE isn’t going Ravens Cheap Jerseys to cut it anymore, but this presents a compelling product for the Clippers’ free agents, the team’s fanbase, and veterans that LAC will recruit at a discount to round out the roster. You know how great and fun the Clippers are, but it was growing stale and you were bored. Well, we’ve got the same Clippers that you love, but with a twist: Melo.