Stotts just gave one of the worst answers I’ve ever heard in a postgame.

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  1. BBert

    BBert Weasels Ripped My Flesh

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    I do think we can beat GS

    Also, last night wasn't all on the coach. The turnovers were horrific. Hard to overcome when both the coach and the players have a bad game at the same time.
     
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    BBert Weasels Ripped My Flesh

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    This is true
     
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    Thanks for putting it more eloquently than myself and others, lol.
     
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    I don't see much 'trippin' after a loss. What I do see is people legitimately questioning if the coach put his players in the best position to win. Those adjustments would of course not guarantee a win but to let Curry/Thompson shoot endless wide-open '3's would be akin to crowding the 3-pt line on Giannis and letting him have an unimpeded lane to the bucket. #asinine
     
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    No kidding. At one point we were down 3, after having given up 30 points on turnovers.

    GS doesn't scare me. Our players having nothing left in the tank, and the possibility that the coach may not make necessary offensive and defensive changes, does.
     
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    Yyyyyyep.
     
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    Wade Garrett Exactly right.

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    A seven page thread on how a coach answered one question?
    Without question. Its trippin.
     
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    I don't have the patience to read through every post in this thread, but do want to know if it would make sense to have the guards go under the screen when it is 4-5' behind the line, rather than trail around it. I would rather let Klay and Steph launch all the 30+ footers they want, rather than leave them open at the line after going over a screen at the logo.
     
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    The one adjustment I would make to address this is, no more team meatings with Mrs. FormerlyKnownAsHCP
     
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    They need to watch Denver's pic and roll defense where the bigs actually come out and help guard the shooters when the original defender runs into the pic. Our bigs just stay back at the paint leaving their world class shooters wide open.
     
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    trippin ….as their coach you don't put players in position to brick shots and turn the ball over 21 times in an opener....we got beat by lack of execution on offense as much as anything....they'll adjust. I think people really want the fire Stotts narrative to become a thing as many have simply disliked him from his first day here......I like him...he wasn't happy with this game..nor should he be. The series just started....we came out cold. People need a scapegoat to mask disappointment in my view. I'm still cheering. Bricking jumpers let's GS get out in transition where they thrive...we did that.
     
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    Wade Garrett Exactly right.

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    I know.....I know....

    Terry should have announced his strategy change in the post game.
    Tell Steve Kerr what he's thinking and MORE IMPORTANTLY let the panicked pricklies disquised as knowledgeable fans(fams?) know.
    Grow up.
     
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    I'm not a big fan of Stotts, but I don't think that's a case of cognitive dissonance. Structuring your defense to give up long twos is smart. On the other end, I doubt he wanted to be in the mid-range/long-two business, but that was basically Aldridge's game and he was their centerpiece at the time. Aldridge wasn't great at bullying to the rim for easy two-pointers nor was he a knock-down three-point shooter. He was a good player with a non-ideal skillset and that's what Stotts had to work with.
     
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    That might be slightly better than dropping or chasing over at the logo, but it's still going to result in a lot of threes going in, unless they're off. Both guys are great enough shooters that a steady diet of wide open 28-30' shots is right in their wheelhouse, especially for Curry.

    There's no perfect solution but, IMO, probably their best choice is to hedge and recover or even just trap if it's a big man screening for Curry/Thompson. If it's something more unusual, like a Curry-Thompson pick-and-roll (or a Durant-Curry pick-and-roll later in the series), then they probably have to switch. Golden State has many ways to pick a hedging defense apart, but at least they have to execute and work for it. If they're sloppy, they'll pay at least.
     
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    Defensively I agree - that wasn't a bad strategy. But that absolutely WAS his offensive strategy. And that's pretty much the dictionary definition of cognitive dissonance.

    Sure, LA had something to do with it. But it was Terry that ultimately decided to play him 18' from the basket rather than 8' from the basket. It was Terry that decided that LA should take more shots than all the players who were more effective than him (and MOST of our players were more effective than him). Terry wanted his offense to take the very shots his defense was designed to give up.
     
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    This is the crux of the issue. At least make them work to get open shots. They will still get them, because they are the Warriors, and they are really good, but how can you let Curry expend no energy to just launch up open 3s? Absolutely boggles the mind.
     
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    I disagree. I think that was only the strategy because that's how Aldridge wanted to play. He plays for Popovich now and still prefers a diet of long mid-range shots. Also, I disagree that anyone other than Lillard was more effective than him (and Lillard only later on)--on high volume. Sure, players can post higher efficiency on a few cherry-picked shots, but in terms of carrying an offensive load, no one else on that team sans Lillard was capable of being a superior go-to scorer. Stotts had to build his strategy around his main, if flawed, offensive player.
     
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    Our biggest problems were turnovers and missed shots.
     
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    Literally every single starter (not small sample size players) was more efficient than LA. I don't really want to get bogged down in this, as it all happened years ago. I was just noting that Terry's cognitive dissonance reaches back to his very first days as our coach.

    Fuck LA - so glad he's not on the team anymore. Can't wait for Terry to walk out that door and never come back. Two most overrated Blazers ever.
     
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    Agreed. The defensive philosophy was awful. But those turnovers are what really killed our shot at winning that game.
     
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