Steve Kerr’s Warriors are rotating on defense, contesting open shots, and playing man-to-man suffocating defense that is made to make anyone look tight trying to play basketball. They do trap in the half court set, but they don’t seal off the baseline as fast as the San Antonio Spurs do it for their coach, Gregg Popovich. Led by big men Mareese Speights, David Lee, Draymond Green, Andrew Bogut, and Festus Ezeli, and foreign Ognjen Kuzmic, the Warriors have a supply of rebounders and defenders. Kerr has his Warriors buying into his defensive system and they are on a roll since the start of the NBA season.
The Phoenix Suns, Jeff Hornacek’s ball club, are in the final and 8th playoff spot. Led by Goran Dragic and Eric Bledsoe, they look to run and gun throughout the West and make some noise against the upper tier of the Western Conference. They might scare some playoff contenders, but they will make noise as they head up the ladder of the West. I like the Suns’ chances of upsetting a playoff contender, but don’t expect them with the likes of the Morris brothers, run away with a few NBA playoff games and a run to the second round. Jeff Hornacek will get them to match the intensity of the other 29 teams come playoff time. Did I mention Zoran Dragic can really ball with the premier shooting guards of the NBA? Expect backup point guard Isaiah Thomas to do some damage with the basketball, competing against other point guards.
The Golden State Warriors, led by coach Steve Kerr, have the best record in the NBA. Kerr has the Warriors buying and adjusting to the coaching system in his first season. Now, there is no need for having David Lee starting because Draymond Green is doing his best, if not better job than David Lee at playing basketball. Stephen Curry is still the NBA’s best perimeter shooter and Klay Thompson is also a lights-out shooter. If I were playing against the Warriors, I wouldn’t give Curry or Thompson the green light to shoot from three-land or from anywhere on the court. Golden State has two backup guards in Leandro Barbosa and Shaun Livingston who can create shots as well as Andre Iguodala who can manage to play some point for them. You can expect Andrew Bogut to play his all. He is ably-bodied for the assignment to play basketball. The Warriors are playing the basketball and stopping the ball from going into the basket. That’s how they are succeeding as a team.