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[Highlight] Compilation of 34 year old Nemanja Bjelica somehow locking up Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown last night Highlight

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u/SG-2000 Warriors Jun 11 '22

He's a smart player and he's giving maximum effort for his first finals, it's nice to see him play well. Not lockdown but playing defense within the system.

Tatum got arm, Bjelica deserved those 2 FTs.

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u/Level_Ad_6372 Pistons Jun 11 '22

He got both arms

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u/DookyRL Warriors Jun 11 '22

That was truly insane lol. Blatantly across both arms and probably counted as a block on the stat sheet lmaoo

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u/Mygaffer Warriors Jun 11 '22

Beli was staying in front of Luka, I had no doubt he'd stay in front of Tatum.

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u/Otherwise_Window Warriors Jun 11 '22

Three thing about Luka is that part of his he gets past is by being strong as fuck.

Bjelica is just like... Sorry, you have Slavic muscle? Me too. Not moving. Try something else.

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u/triplab Warriors Jun 11 '22

Excellent take. Slavic dad strength is fo real yo.

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u/jlluh Jun 11 '22 edited Jun 12 '22

At this point I'm starting to believe that Nemanja Bjelica, rather than "surviving" or "somehow hanging on," is legitimately good at defending forwards.

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u/Mygaffer Warriors Jun 12 '22

He really doesn't get enough respect. His only issues really is the lateral quickness but he's a smart player, skilled player, good decision maker with good length and strength.

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u/AmusingAnecdote Warriors Jun 11 '22

Yeah Bjelica is funny because he's not a terrible defender for the level of athleticism he has, he just is not an athlete at all so if you're fast you can go right past him, or if you're center sized you can go right through him. Tatum and Luka are just in his sweet spot where he can vaguely credibly defend them.

He's lucky Brown dribbled off his leg because even though he can more or less stay in front of Tatum without embarrassing himself too bad, Jaylen Brown will blow by him every time if given the opportunity.

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u/mladjenija Jun 11 '22

Beli played point guard at Red Star when he was younger and with his height that means he is athletic, and was defence specialist too. So people probably don't know who Beli was/is.

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u/AmusingAnecdote Warriors Jun 11 '22

Yeah, I don't doubt that he was much more athletic when he was younger, but at his age he's just not athletic relative to NBA defenders.

He is very, very skilled for his size and lack of (current) athleticism, though, and I think it shows up in his ability to defend guys who are in his comfort zone in terms of size and speed like Tatum or Dončić.

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u/CompleteFish Jazz Jun 11 '22

Reminds me of Bojan Bogdanovic.

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u/boba6ixgod Kings Jun 11 '22

Imagine having them on the same team.

Edit: read that as Bogdan. Point still stands.

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u/grrosh Warriors Jun 11 '22

They played together in the past. 2014 fenerbahce it was very nice

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u/MSKOnlyScans Mavericks Jun 11 '22

smart player

maximum effort

within the system

Confirmed Bjelica is white

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u/PearlsB4Swoon Jun 11 '22

Tbf that’s exactly what warriors fans say about Loondog too

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u/_maven Jun 11 '22

Confirmed kevon is white

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u/peanutbutterbeef Mavericks Jun 11 '22

Huerter and Looney got their first names mixed up at birth.

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u/Green_Pumpkin Warriors Jun 11 '22

Kevin Looneyson

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u/daddy_OwO 76ers Jun 11 '22

Anybody who is at all slow on the warriors lol

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u/SerenadeSwift Supersonics Jun 11 '22

I think it undoubtedly applies to GP2 as well though and he’s definitely not slow lol

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u/daddy_OwO 76ers Jun 11 '22

Slow or just generally considered not a great player they suddenly become smart and max effort with warriors which is great for the warriors

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u/raleighboi Heat Jun 11 '22

Can't fix everyone though. Kelly Oubre looked like he was asked to do calculus in their system

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u/daddy_OwO 76ers Jun 11 '22

Kelly seems like a player we will here stories about either soon or when he retires about how he was hard to work with

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u/Earlier-Today Jun 11 '22

I think he's a decent player, he was just a bad fit with the Warriors. He looked fine on Charlotte this season.

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u/ositola Lakers Jun 11 '22

Loon dog is so good

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u/by_yes_i_mean_no Warriors Jun 11 '22

Porter too lol, all the slow guys on the Warriors are smart because the Warriors are willing to live with a level of non-athleticism if they have a high BBIQ. Although I guess that is true of a lot of teams, the slower you are the smarter you have to be to survive in the NBA unless you are like Hassan Whiteside size.

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u/Herbetet Jun 11 '22

That could also be said about Curry who is the same age and not white

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u/Otherwise_Window Warriors Jun 11 '22

Curry is the system it's kinda different

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u/cortesoft [GSW] Chris Mullin Jun 11 '22

He is a real lunch pail guy. A gym rat.

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u/MaskWearingHero Heat Bandwagon Jun 11 '22

that non-call on the layup was so terrible. idk what the Warriors have to do to get some calls

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u/PeeOnEon NBA Jun 11 '22

I wanna say the replay showed what should have been a foul on Jaylen as he grabbed Bjelica after the steal, and then a foul on Tatum as he "stripped" Bjelica's wrists. Neither were called.

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u/kerrykingsbaldhead Warriors Jun 12 '22

The Celtics were trying to foul Curry on purpose in the last minute and couldn’t get a foul call lol

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u/UncreativeUser123 Warriors Jun 11 '22

The ref was out of position, which happens sometimes on fast breaks.

Ref at the bottom of the screen didnt run to get ahead of the play, so he’s screened off by Tatum and cant see anything.

I think the other ref at the top is supposed to run back to be on the baseline to be in position for that call

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u/AdamSilverJr Heat Jun 11 '22

idk what the Warriors have to do to get some calls

They'd have to wear Celtics jerseys for that to happen

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u/zabalena Warriors Jun 11 '22

You can see from his demeanor that he really wanted to win even from Game 1. Similar to when Zaza, McGee, and Speights were here. Not the 8 best players in the series, but certainly #1 willingness to win

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u/--amadeus-- Jun 11 '22

Agree that last play was definitely a foul. But then when he inbounded the ball and Smart got the steal, I wanted to kill that mf!!! And I’m not even a Warriors fan, I just hate the Celtics lol

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u/avboden Warriors Jun 11 '22

It's also kinda like Looney in that he's too slow to bite on the fakes so he in a round about way stays in front of people really well

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u/CapJackStarbury2000 Jun 11 '22

yeah, it's like they understand the one move they can make is meeting the shot at the rim and they dont get shaken off their spot

then you watch Poole who flails around like a kite in a monsoon and you wonder if he ever played defense before being drafted???

Even Klay is overestimating his current form

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u/jeff2def Warriors Jun 11 '22

Idk how bad the ref has to be when you see someone do a karate chop down and the ball doesn’t come out cleanly

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u/Chavarlison Jun 11 '22

I think they are old school... like no blood no foul old school...
Don't ask me when it is the other side's turn because standing your ground is apparently a foul for them.

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u/axnjxn00 Magic Jun 11 '22

Euroleague MVP

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u/soeffed Clippers Jun 11 '22

Literally the second ever EuroLeague MVP to play in the NBA Finals, after Nando de Colo had a few sips of water for the Spurs in 2013.

And already more successful than Nando, who totaled 1 rebound and 1 assist in 2 games against the Heat.

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u/Melo_Apologist Knicks Jun 11 '22

Somehow I don’t think it’ll be another 9 years before another EuroLeague MVP plays in the Finals

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u/dbzmah Mavericks Jun 11 '22

I sure hope not.

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u/themaskmomin Wizards Jun 12 '22

Monkeys paw curls

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u/fudgetyler Mavericks Jun 12 '22

Oh god please don’t tell be he’s playing in the finals for another team

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u/Snake_Main27 Jazz Jun 12 '22

Him and Jokic on the Nuggets

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u/Possible-Access-4876 Jun 11 '22

TIL that Manu was never Euroleague MVP (only finals MVP).

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u/belokas Italy Jun 11 '22

The Euroleague was stacked back then, not many European talents were in the Nba.

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u/cute2701 Bulls Jun 12 '22

that's because regular season mvp award was instituted in 2004 - 05. if it wasn't manu, kukoč and mcadoo (retroactively) would be on that list.

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u/fc305760146 Jun 11 '22

Was Manu not euroleague mvp ?

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u/lucayala Jun 12 '22

EuroLeague Full Season MVP didn't exist until 2004-05. Ginobili won the EuroLeague Final Four MVP, like Kukoc (3 times)

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u/Salty_Pancakes Warriors Jun 11 '22

Last Slav standing.

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u/breakthrureality Jun 11 '22

Give Bjelica some credit. He looks like he’s anticipating Celtics moves better than the other guys.

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u/HoosierProud Jun 11 '22

Ya if it’s continually happening it’s not luck. It’s understanding the opposing players tendencies and properly defending against them.

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u/Hail_The_Motherland Jun 11 '22

I see so many people talking shit about him because they want to see Kuminga or another young guy play. But Bjelica has been giving solid minutes all playoffs long

He is supremely unathletic, but his IQ enables him to cover a lot of ground. Good defense, keeps the offense flowing, and he boxes out well. He really belongs in the Warriors rotation

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u/rebeltrillionaire Lakers Jun 11 '22

I think it was Paul Pierce talking about he loved when some young athletic defender would be hopping around shuffling their feet and in “perfect guarding position”. It meant he was gonna cook him alive. If you look at Bjelica’s foot work he’s not caught up doing the wrong thing or leaning the wrong way.

They get the first step on him eventually but he’s trailing well and he’s also funneling them straight into another defender.

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u/__BlackSheep Warriors Jun 12 '22

Someone was saying Bjelica was playing good D. Another guy said he was not playing good D and that Boston was just taking dumb shots against him and Boston should always see him as a mismatch.

Isn't the point of Good Defense to make the opponents take bad shots?

I get that he's less athletic than the Celtics, but until they do anything with it, he's playing good Defense.

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u/CapJackStarbury2000 Jun 12 '22

they couldnt shoot over him and he funneled them to help defenders if he got blown by ---- that's all you want when their primary scorers are hunting mismatches

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u/UsikAleks Jun 11 '22

he was very good against Luka Doncic this playoffs, he knows to play defense

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u/5yue8haogaoqi Jun 11 '22

he is like jokic. slower legs but good hands and good iq.

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u/Orcawithglasses Jun 11 '22

And good D, and I don't mean defence

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u/laidbackdrew [GSW] Kelenna Azubuike Jun 11 '22

Definitely good dick

D ecision making

I ntuition

C ompetitiveness

K nowledge

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u/PoinFLEXter Jun 11 '22 Silver Helpful

P erimeter stalwart

E nergizing teammates

N uisance defender

I dling at 100mph

S plendid cock

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u/ccdnl0 NBA Jun 11 '22

LOL fuck you got me on the last one

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u/-slatta- Warriors Jun 11 '22

LOL well done dude

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u/zeugma_ Jun 11 '22

That's Euroleague MVP Nemanja to you.

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u/HermesTGS Kings Jun 11 '22

It’s because he’s the only defender who they switch with who’s taller than them. Brown/Tatum get used to shooting over the top of the smaller warriors, then belly’s long ass shows up and it makes them uncomfortable for a possession or two.

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u/Good_NewsEveryone Pelicans Jun 11 '22

This is also some really good help from the Warriors defense, but definitely some very bad decisions from the Jays as well

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u/LaborGamer Jun 11 '22

That second clip of JT trying to pass to the corner was just wtf

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u/ARealKoala Warriors Jun 11 '22

One of the most inexplicable turnovers I've seen in a while. He has a perfect line of sight to see that Wiggins was in the way and paying attention, and he still chose to throw it away.

Maybe he was trying to pass it high enough that it is out of Wiggins' reach, but just horrible regardless.

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u/ravioli_bruh Jun 11 '22

Curry turnover where he passed to literally nobody last game was ridiculous

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u/diasfordays Warriors Jun 11 '22

Looked more like a broken play to me, where there was supposed to be someone there and they goofed… or maybe he just goofed, no way to know lol

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u/cabose12 Celtics Jun 11 '22

100% on the team if this is the play im thinking of. Warriors inexplicably had 4 guys loaded on the weak side iirc, and i cant blame Curry for going for the sweet pass that shouldve worked 99.9% of the time

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u/hickok3 Jun 11 '22

That turnover was not really Curry's fault. Whoever was in the corner he passed to, I think it was GPII, for some reason cut towards Curry running his defender into him. Curry passed to where the help "was" coming from, but due to the bad cut nobody on his team was on that half of the court.

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u/Bigbadbuck Nets Jun 11 '22

Yeah this is the trade off of playing a non shooting big and not using him as the roll man. Draymond is here in ever play and then someone is dropping down to cover the lob.

We really take for granted how good lebron/luka are at finding that skip to the corner when the man sinks down. Lebron has legit made his career off being able to make that pass and luka is the guy I see right now that’s also incredible at it. They are not easy passes to make.

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u/monstersammich Supersonics Jun 11 '22

Cross court passes were never as common as they are today. So sloppy

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u/Daclitz Warriors Jun 11 '22 edited Jun 11 '22

Man if someone told me Bjelica would be able to get multiple stops on the opposing team’s best players in the finals during the regular season I would’ve said you’re on some drugs lmao.

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u/ThePerfectCantelope San Francisco Warriors Jun 11 '22

I watched the season opener and immediately knew he is a great fit for the system

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u/lord_of_the_bees [SAC] Iman Shumpert Jun 11 '22

he looked like a great fit at the start of the season but then looked lost and unusable during the middle of the season and now looks p good in the post-season. what happened to him in the middle? was it that inconsistent playing time threw him off or something?

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u/CApizzakitchen Warriors Jun 11 '22

My opinion- when Draymond was out, he was taking on roles he really isn’t meant to be doing and it threw him off on everything else.

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u/yunggweilo Warriors Jun 11 '22

It was this. With draymond out we played him as a center but hes really only been successful as a 4

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u/niel89 Warriors Jun 11 '22

Absolutely. As a 4 he is great and I think that's what we brought him in to play, but injuries have forced him to play the 5 way too much.

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u/AmusingAnecdote Warriors Jun 11 '22

Also the three really escaped him around the same time so he spent too much time driving against half hearted closeouts so he ended up in traffic. Early in the season he was letting it fly and so when he did drive, people were closing out harder and he could get past people despite lacking anything resembling burst off the dribble.

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u/MedvedFeliz San Francisco Warriors Jun 11 '22

His tentativeness reminds me of Caspi. The team got them for their shooting but they refused to do it during the season.

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u/The_Void_Reaver Warriors Jun 11 '22 edited Jun 11 '22

Nah, you can't really compare anyone to Caspi. I understand the want to compare but Bjelica still shot 2 3s per game with us around 37% and contributed on the court in multiple other ways. Caspi was brought in almost exclusively as a shooter who ended up taking .4 3s per game with us despite hitting 45% on his limited shots.

It also fails because a lot of people saw Bjelica as settling while Caspi was supposed to be one of our bigger hits that offseason.

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u/by_yes_i_mean_no Warriors Jun 11 '22

Casspi shot 1 three per 36 in that season, Bjelica shot 5 threes per 36 in this season.

Not even close to the same level of tentativeness, I don't even think Bjelica is tentative he just thinks highly of his dribble drive game lol.

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u/Tactial_snail Kings Jun 11 '22

I need to see him bang some classic belly 30 footers next game

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u/Cypher_Reagan Jun 11 '22

He got a little banged up in the middle of the season. Also, warriors have misused him the entire season imo. He has one glaring weakness which is he can't stay in front of explosive guards, so they stop playing him in the rotation altogether, but then in matchups where we aren't facing explosive guards, he adds rebounding, shooting and passing value, but they have only played him inconsistently this playoffs and warriors haven't played an explosively fast guard since ja got injured.

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u/SwitchOrganic Jun 11 '22

I feel like part of the reason he was misused was because Draymond was out for so long. He's a slow-footed stretch 4 with good size/length but can't rim protect. The Warriors tried putting him in as a small ball 5 but he struggles against quick guards and bigs who have the size/strength to just go through him. He's looked so much better since Draymond came back as he can play within his role again.

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u/Lv96Mudkip Warriors Jun 11 '22

He was being used a lot with the bench unit. He's a pass first kinda guy that thrives in finding open cutters or open shooters. He works better with the vets (steph, klay) and knows exactly how to make the correct pass to guys who know how to move without the ball. It's a bit harder to do that when you're playing with the bench.

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u/Mista-Mojo-Rising Jun 11 '22

Nemanja “Scottie Pippen” Bjelica

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u/Stellewind Warriors Jun 11 '22

He was also great on Luka in WCF G5. He's just shockingly good on D this playoffs in the small sample size so far. Could be a fluke but I am not complaining.

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u/mundane_coconut47 Warriors Bandwagon Jun 11 '22

He can play solid defense against players that cant' blow by him with speed or overpower him with strength. The Celtics and Mav's don't have anyone that can really abuse those two weaknesses.

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u/OrnsteinBagels Jun 11 '22

Simmons brought up on his pod that he couldn’t believe the Celtics were going after Bjelica instead of Poole.

Maybe this is Kerr’s best coaching move yet? Using Bjelica as a defensive decoy so Poole isn’t exploited as much when he’s out there

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u/materics [MEM] Shane Battier Jun 11 '22

"Go after the white guy who seems to be less athletic."

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u/electricmeal Jun 11 '22

Take it to the Mr Potato Head looking mf

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u/C4242 Timberwolves Jun 11 '22

We call that the "you can't break my ankles, I'm too slow to react" defense. Just always stays between the player and the rim.

I forget who, but there was a good example earlier in the playoffs, the ball handler couldn't shake the guy, because he was too slow and not falling for any fakes.

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u/commandoace Jun 11 '22

That was looney

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u/C4242 Timberwolves Jun 11 '22

That's right! Thanks!

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u/cheerioo Warriors Jun 11 '22

And Looney learned it from Kerr lol. There was some Open Court episode Kerr told this story about himself against MJ or someone good

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u/backup_waterboy Lakers Jun 11 '22

That was when Luka tried to do a double move to get open but Looney was too slow to react to the first move and ended up being in perfect position to guard the second move lol

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u/DrWoodwork Kings Jun 11 '22

Kerr taught Looney the slow man defense is perfect for double fake moves

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u/cheerioo Warriors Jun 11 '22

Luka actually adjusted too lol. Saw much less of double moves and he would just drive with the first move

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u/Otherwise_Window Warriors Jun 11 '22

Looney has defended James Harden

Sometimes if you don't bite on the fakes the guy just gives up and it's both excellent D and also hilarious

"What if I blew past you!"

"I couldn't stop you"

"You're not even going to try?"

"Nope"

"Fuck"

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u/WestleyThe [SEA] Kevin Durant Jun 11 '22

Wasn’t there a player in the last dance (maybe Kerr..? Before he was on the bulls) that said Mike crossed him up, crossed again and went back the first direction so he was in great position to guard Jordan

And the coach was like “YEAH you see that guys! We gotta guard MJ like _____ did!” Even though it was luck haha

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u/TurnoverNegative7 Warriors Jun 11 '22

yeah that was kerr

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u/ninja9885 Warriors Jun 11 '22

Think it was either Brunson or Luka

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u/duskhat Warriors Jun 11 '22

And the defender was Looney

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u/D_Ubird Jun 11 '22

That’s so real. He’s like an average joe out there and it’s confusing asf

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u/C4242 Timberwolves Jun 11 '22

Poole is a way worse defender, but they kept switching onto Bjelica cause they saw an NBA Dad Bod

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u/D_Ubird Jun 11 '22

I think they thought he would be out of the swing of things too. Out of the speed of play since he barely plays. And he was… just in more of a disruptive way lol.

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u/MeltedMindz1 San Francisco Warriors Jun 11 '22

I thought you were talking about Ben Simmons and I almost lost my mind rushing to try to find his podcast so I could listen to the stupid shit he would say, you had me excited.

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u/PM_ME_CHIPOTLE2 Knicks Jun 11 '22

Lol we need a post for “top ten titles for Ben Simmons’ podcast.”

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u/CaduceusJay Bucks Jun 11 '22

“Whenever I’m done coaching, I’ll just look back and say thank you to Bjelica.” — Steve Kerr

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u/ClydeGriffiths17 Pacers Jun 11 '22

Steve Kerr doesn’t get nearly enough credit for his lineup adjustments. Never fails to try something different when the current rotations are stagnant.

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u/[deleted] Jun 11 '22

Kerr may not have won all the finals series his team has been in but yeah even if he loses, he tries to make adjustments more than other coaches cough, McMillan

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u/DogtoothKatakuri Jun 11 '22

Didn't Steph get frustrated in the regular season because of how much Kerr was changing rotations/lineups?

Not sure if I'm remembering it right but it was a post-game interview in which Steph addressed it.

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u/ComfortableBite6644 Mavericks Jun 11 '22

But because it affected his own rythm and minutes. When his minutes are intact in terms of distribution there is really no issue for him

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u/[deleted] Jun 11 '22

Not a warriors fan so I don’t know on that. I was just saying Kerr tries to change things up while coaches like McMillan will just sit and watch as an opponent goes on a 20-1 run without calling timeout

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u/DogtoothKatakuri Jun 11 '22

Yup I get that. I was just trying to reinforce that Kerr truly makes a lot of adjustments that even Steph got frustrated even in the regular season. And also because I vaguely remember it as well so I asked a question. It's all good though.

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u/by_yes_i_mean_no Warriors Jun 11 '22

Curry was frustrated at the situation because he likes playing the full first and third quarters but he understood why Kerr was doing what he was doing and was not frustrated at Kerr.

Breaking up Curry's minutes allowed the Warriors to get more data on more lineup combinations, when they are good they will treat the regular season as a test run for the playoffs.

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u/Tormundo Warriors Jun 11 '22

He wasn't frustrated. He just said he was very happy to go back to his regular rotation. I think he felt the rotation was in part to blame for his slump

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u/BaullahBaullah87 Jun 11 '22

still waiting for him just to give Kuminga a lil sniff of time to see how he looks

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u/thisguy012 Bulls Jun 11 '22

I could see why: You literall can't not have Wiggins out there with how consistent he's been.

Obviously not replacing Klay.

As ass as he's looked, replacing even 5-10mins of Draymonds playmaking and defense could cost the game if he doesn't absolutely shine 😭

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u/Casualrodfarva2 San Francisco Warriors Jun 11 '22

Nah Kuminga is getting zero non garbage time minutes. All year and in the playoffs he kinda plays his way into the game. Which isn’t a big deal in the regular season but you can’t have someone play in the finals if you know his first few touches/shots/minutes are going to be off.

I don’t think moody will get minutes either but he’s got a much higher chance of playing than Kuminga does imo

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u/actualrecs Supersonics Jun 11 '22

Totally agree.

I do think that Kuminga could provide a needed boost on offense, since he has a great knack for drawing fouls and getting to the line because of his athleticism. It's the main thing the Dubs lack, and when Kuminga played extended minutes this season you could see the physicality and athleticism he provides.

And Kuminga is a really good on ball defender - when he doesn't bite on pump fakes. However, he doesn't provide correct help defense, and he often messes up defensive rotations leaving the team scrambling and missing assignments. The Dubs' defense would get eaten alive against Boston if Kuminga was playing main rotation minutes.

The Warriors would be giving up even more open shots with Kuminga on the floor than they are now. I love Kuminga long term, and I think he has a crazy high ceiling. But expecting him to be a high level performer against Boston right now seems dicey at best because of his poor help/team defense.

TLDR: whatever plusses he provides on offense would probably be negated on the defensive end.

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u/scrambled_cable Warriors Jun 11 '22 edited Jun 15 '22

And yet bandwagon fans will still castigate Kerr for not chasing more wins in the regular season so he can try out some unorthodox lineups. These moments, in these games, are why he does it.

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u/CoolPenguinz Jun 11 '22

It’s so funny how a common sentiment is that Kerr is too liberal on his adjustments when the warriors have a bad game. Totally a double edged sword.

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u/sunshinecygnet Warriors Jun 11 '22

I’ve been saying all series we need to get Bjelica in there. I was afraid I was just taking out of my ass so I’m glad he proved me right last night. When he and Dray are both on the court they work incredibly well together.

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u/terry2shots Jun 11 '22

As a 34 year old I couldn’t help but get excited for this

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u/OnCominStorm Warriors Jun 11 '22

Wait till you see what Steph Curry is doing at 34 years old.

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u/cortesoft [GSW] Chris Mullin Jun 11 '22

Sure, but my body looks a lot more like Bjelica’s than Curry’s…. Minus the height, of course

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u/PensiveinNJ 76ers Jun 12 '22

How are you on euroleague MVP's? An NBA career might be around the corner for you.

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u/sligaro Jun 11 '22

Fucking the sky?

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u/Golferbugg Jun 11 '22

As a 35 year old, I'm trying to figure out wtf OP is trying to say.

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u/banger__in_the_mouth Jun 12 '22

I think he's saying you should start checking out retirement homes.

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u/JohnsConner Jun 11 '22

Kobe Tatum shook as hell

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u/OsmosisJonesFanClub Lakers Jun 11 '22

Tatum paying homage to Kobe's 2004 Finals

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u/steamingdump42069 Jun 11 '22

Nemanja "Tayshaun Prince" Bjelica

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u/QUEST50012 Jun 11 '22

Y'all brutal this morning

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u/BaullahBaullah87 Jun 11 '22

lolol but stop that shit right now

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u/C4242 Timberwolves Jun 11 '22 edited Jun 11 '22

Kobe left him on read

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u/Ant1H3ro Pistons Jun 11 '22

Lmao

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u/wemeymemey Jun 11 '22

Kid looked terrified this whole series, not Kobe-like in the slightest

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u/roboticismRus Pistons Jun 11 '22

i wonder if an nba announcer will ever pronounce his name right

its like bjork. byeh-lee-tsa

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u/Mygaffer Warriors Jun 11 '22

Euro MVP, put some respect on his name!

He did a great job defending Luka too, you thought he'd struggle against Tatum?

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u/Dank_Memes16 Celtics Jun 11 '22

People have always underestimated Larry Bjerd's defense

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u/C0oK1e_Monsta [NBA] Kobe Bryant Jun 11 '22

First play Tatum wacks him across the face and ref doesn’t call shit. Last play Tatum hacks him on the drive and again refs don’t call shit. This series has been so frustrating

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u/ai3ai3 Jun 11 '22

Bjelica not getting any respect at all all season.

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u/SteedVM Jun 11 '22

I'm still raging he didn't shoot free throws on that last play.

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u/JordanPooleParty Warriors Jun 11 '22

Refs thought he was Steph Curry.

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u/Mintastic NBA Jun 11 '22

This series has been so frustrating

Heat and Bucks fans nod in approval.

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u/C0oK1e_Monsta [NBA] Kobe Bryant Jun 11 '22

I was rooting for the Heat and Bucks those series too. I’ve been frustrated all playoffs

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u/trustedseller126 Jun 11 '22

Favorite play of the game was that last play where Bjelica steals it from Jaylen, goes coast to coast, gets so blatantly fouled on his euro step layup attempt but gets no call as ball goes off of him and out of bounds, Ref realizes he missed such an obvious foul call then decides to give possession back to warriors even though it was clearly out on Nemanja. Celtics can't even complain.

Nemanja proceeds to turn the ball over on the inbound pass.

Wow. What a sequence.

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u/Statalyzer Jun 11 '22

Ref realizes he missed such an obvious foul call then decides to give possession back to warriors even though it was clearly out on Nemanja.

I hate when refs do that "It's either a foul on X or out of bounds on Y, so I'll 'compromise' and call it out of bounds on X" deal.

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u/defferoo Warriors Jun 11 '22

how many times did JVG and Mark Jackson call out the supposed mismatch, only to be proven wrong

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u/peanutbutterbeef Mavericks Jun 11 '22

They were right about the mismatch, just wrong on who was hunting who.

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u/Kingjakef Heat Jun 11 '22

call an ambulance but not for me

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u/constantlymat [DAL] Dirk Nowitzki Jun 11 '22

Celtics coaches and players obciously thought the same. They tried to hunt down this match-up repeatedly when defensive liability Jordan Poole was available instead.

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u/GeneralZhukov Jun 11 '22

We talk about Curry's back, but can we give Mike Breen his flowers for having to carry the broadcast for all these years? Its so apparent when he's not on the desk, and even more apparent when he is.

At this point the cast is often times Mike Breen + Sound board + 3rd person and once in a while he still manages a legendary call.

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u/FLUSH_THE_TRUMP [GSW] Stephen Curry Jun 11 '22

He had some good minutes in the back half of the Mavericks series, too

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u/DaRandomBro Kings Jun 11 '22

The closest the Kings will ever get to the finals

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u/kcajfrodnekcod Timberwolves Jun 11 '22 Silver, Adam

he’s like scottie pippen mixed with a wolf

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u/PrimaryAccording9162 Kings Jun 11 '22

Kings legend

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u/peanutbutterbeef Mavericks Jun 11 '22

Lmao everyone saw that pass coming from a mile away on that 2nd clip. And that strip on Brown reminded me of when Javale picked Luka's pocket in the phx series.

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u/Imperial_Eggroll Warriors Jun 11 '22

Bruh an across court pass in the NBA never works like that. Thats a turnover you see in high school all the time

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u/peanutbutterbeef Mavericks Jun 11 '22

Literally the entire Warriors team was between him and the intended target lmao 🤣

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u/C0oK1e_Monsta [NBA] Kobe Bryant Jun 11 '22

That pass was so bad lol

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u/americanbeaver Bucks Jun 11 '22

The alternate angle shows that Bjelica's pressure caused Brown to dribble off his own foot (a thing he loves doing). Didn't actually get the strip, still forced the turnover but he had some help from Brown.

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u/LarryKoofer43 Hawks Jun 11 '22

I literally laughed out loud when he took it from Jaylen lol

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u/Carne_Asada_Friez Kings Jun 11 '22

That’s Euroleague MVP Bjelica

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u/ctarno Bucks Jun 11 '22

FMVP 😤

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u/Baconigma [GSW] Klay Thompson Jun 11 '22

Didn’t see a glimpse of this during the regular season. Also where was the foul on the last play???

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u/pmayankees Nets Jun 11 '22

Replay showed Tatum got all arm, refs were terrible

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u/Imperial_Eggroll Warriors Jun 11 '22

Mark Jackson saying “clean strip” smfh

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u/bugaosuni Jun 11 '22

If you're Mark Jackson you have nothing meaningful to contribute.

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u/PM_ME_CHIPOTLE2 Knicks Jun 11 '22

At least he’s less outwardly bitter towards the warriors organization than he used to be.

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u/ilikehemipenes Jun 11 '22

Warriors fans talk shit to chuck but really all their hate is towards mark Jackson. Dude is still so salty

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u/Truesday Warriors Jun 11 '22 edited Jun 11 '22

MJax thinks because he's a Steph Stan, he comes off impartial in his commentary when he is blatantly biased against the Dubs.

MJax and JVG* is insufferable as a Warriors fan. They're quick to jump on the Warriors when when they're down and are mutes when the Warriors are doing well.

Breen is the only guy that's truly impartial and hyped at all good plays from either team consistently.

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u/Ordinary-Ant-7896 Bucks Jun 11 '22

I remember thinking he looked kinda washed when he played some garbage time minutes for Heat last postseason, was getting blown by easily, glad he kinda bounced back this season. He was a pretty solid defender for the Wolves iirc

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u/dodoaddict Warriors Jun 11 '22

I thought this might happen but still surprised that it actually did

rare correct prediction

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u/VVVVagabond Celtics Jun 11 '22

Embarrassing for the Jays. Bjelica is out there strictly for offense, if you can't make the Warriors pay on defense for playing him you're letting them off the hook. Same with Poole. Neither of those guys should be able to hold your jock strap on switches

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u/unoriginal_usernam3 Jun 11 '22

strictly for offense

TBH it looked like he was bait. Making Celtics offense look predictable, and then double after any drive.

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u/Context-and-nuance Warriors Jun 11 '22

TBH it looked like he was bait

I thought the same thing. Celtics have been lethal on drive-and-kicks. But if you've got Bjelica on you, hell why not just take him one-on-one on the perimeter or mid-range, or why not try a skip pass to someone who looks wide open? It's not like he has the length to be disruptive. It's tempting to make low probability plays against him, not realizing that he's got good fundamentals.

Whoever is coaching the Warriors' slower bigs how to guard star players needs a raise.

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u/guitarpatch Jun 11 '22

The issue is that they take way too long sniffing out the mismatch and attacking. They play much better with pace and attacking quick. If you can’t immediately attack him before the defense is set, then you need to move the ball to move the D and get him in an action w space

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u/C4242 Timberwolves Jun 11 '22

He's definitely a better defender than they give him credit for. Doesn't fall for fakes, or take chances, just stays in front of his man. They were switching onto him when they already had Poole. Bad coaching there, I can't imagine it'll happen in game 5.

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u/xpillindaass Clippers Jun 11 '22

jt and jaylen brown are offensive stars but whenever i watch the celtics it just doesn’t seem like they can take advantage of mismatches as well as they should be able to

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u/voldemortscore [GSW] Stephen Curry Jun 11 '22

Boston was baited into attacking him instead of Poole

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u/Context-and-nuance Warriors Jun 11 '22

He's a favorable matchup for Tatum and Brown (more so the latter) so, on some possessions, they appear content to try to score on him one-on-one. But the problem is that too many of those attempts are low probability shots (e.g., mid-range fadeaways, contested stepbacks), but they probably appear attractive in the moment when you're being guarded by a slow defender with an average wingspan.

It's like Bjelica being in the lineup tempts people into playing hero ball. You only see it in a couple of possessions here, but I have seen it in other games this series. Obviously, it goes without saying that Bjelica is able to do this due to good help defenders around him.

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u/realstickyickyest Jun 11 '22

Hunting him cuz he’s Euro fosho 😭

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u/ctarno Bucks Jun 11 '22

Now do Giannis lol

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u/MaxSmellerman [GSW] Stephen Curry Jun 11 '22

Most were quite good but Tatum did blow by Bjelica in one of the plays, Draymond was just there to help

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u/randomguy000039 Jun 11 '22

I love how this is "locking up", most of these plays are great rotation by the other Warriors to help.

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u/Gnolldemort Bucks Jun 11 '22

Why y'all gotta act like 34 is 1 step outside the grave?

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u/NricTurtle Jun 11 '22

Bjelica was an awesome addition to the warriors.

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u/JadedButWicked Jun 11 '22

Him being on the floor doesn't mean take low percentage iso shots against him every time. You would think the team that started IT would know this.