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In today’s San Jose Mercury, my friend Tim Kawakami wrote a column I admire immensely. He made a logical, well-thought-out, well-defended argument that the Warriors are better in the playoffs without David Lee even though Lee was an All Star this season and is known for getting double-doubles. I read Tim’s piece with great interest and found his argument persuasive.  You may agree or disagree, but you will find it interesting, and it certainly shed new light on what the Warriors are doing right now. To read Tim’s piece, please click here. 

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  1. chris

    thats exactly the impression I had of the Warriors after the game 2 win in Denver……Lee takes up alot of space with his “refridgerator” body which made it tough for Bogut to get going during the season. With Lee out there’s more room for the Warrior quick guys to operate. Still, Lee would definitley benifit the team when Bogut and Ezeli pick up their 3rd foul early in games like they’ve been doing all playoffs, to have to sub in or visa versa. If the Warriors keep Lee they should just lessen his minutes and rotate him more evenly minutes wise with Bogut and Ezeli.

    May 10th, 2013 9:54 am

  2. Stan

    Yeah sure. Two games tells him all that? lol. After the first loss did he write that?..uhuh.

    May 10th, 2013 10:07 am

  3. Ben

    kawakami lost his credibility a long, long time ago with his over-the-top anti-lee posts. you say his points were well logical, well thought out and well defended… my friend, i would hope so after all this time honing his vitriol.

    May 10th, 2013 10:07 am

  4. Stan

    My other post on that other topic was in more detail.

    May 10th, 2013 10:09 am

  5. Tim

    I don’t know about that…

    But I do know that the Merc would be better off without Kawakami.

    May 10th, 2013 11:26 am

  6. Stan

    You always liked Tim better then me.

    May 10th, 2013 11:38 am

  7. Stan

    hee

    May 10th, 2013 11:38 am

  8. KauaiRobert

    Tim’s been saying that for quite a while now and other analysts are starting to say the same thing.
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    If they could some how offload Lee in the offseason and pick up Iguodala to play wing…OMG!!!
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    Anyway…Lee plays no defense and he’s a liability in transition.
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    He became expendable as soon as Bogut got (mostly) healthy.
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    ~ALOHA~

    May 10th, 2013 12:13 pm

  9. Streetglide

    I enjoy Tim Riverwind’s stuff. He’s good, can carry a grudge almost as good as you old bean and seems to have an in at Niners-Are-Us. Just one problem; accessing the mess they call the Mercury News is almost not worth the hassle…

    (didja like “an in at?” Bunch a little words all in a row… -L-

    May 10th, 2013 12:31 pm

  10. Dennis

    I agree with Kawakami. Thompson, Barnes, Green and Bogut are much better defensively then if you substituted Lee for any one of those guys (assuming Curry is on the floor no matter what). And it doesn’t seem like they have had any problem finding Lee’s points on offense. I also agree with Kawakami that Lee will not be going anywhere.

    May 10th, 2013 12:45 pm

  11. Upinc44

    I agree with Tim and I have been saying the same thing for the last three months. Bogut, Barnes and Ezeli are all playing better since Lee got hurt. Some people might say they are just “stepping up their games” since Lee is out. The defense is much better and Bogut has done more on the offensive end. This is directly related to Lee being out.

    May 10th, 2013 1:04 pm

  12. mbabco

    Interesting piece on Grantland by Zach Lowe”

    “The New Stephen Curry: How the Warriors’ Super-Shooter Has Transformed His Game in the Playoffs – The Triangle Blog – Grantland”

    Here’s a piece of it:

    “One reason Curry is doing more of this now: Lee is a terrible screener, and the Warriors are now giving screening duty to brutes like Andrew Bogut and Festus Ezeli. . . .

    “• Lee just flat whiffs on lots of picks. If your big man fails to make contact with the point guard defending you, it’s very difficult to generate any meaningful separation; you’ll still be one step ahead of that defender, but he’ll be on your hip, close enough to disrupt your rhythm and challenge a pull-up jumper from behind. I could have taken 100 snapshots of Lee whiffing on picks:”

    http://www.grantland.com/blog/the-triangle/post/_/id/61766/the-new-stephen-curry-how-the-warriors-super-shooter-has-transformed-his-game-in-the-playoffs

    May 10th, 2013 4:22 pm

  13. Stan

    The Merc’s (Trib?) Marcus Thompson did not agree with TK. Over the last two years…MT has had his finger on the pulse more accurately. Tim’s finger missed the wrist by a few inches.

    May 10th, 2013 5:59 pm

  14. dharte

    Forget Lee. Jarrett Jack is a disaster. What in god’s name is Mark Jackson looking at? Jack can’t guard anyone, he overdribbles every time (and palms the ball in the process), and whenever he drives he’s out of control.

    The guy gave up at least 16 points tonight, with multiple turnovers and horrible defense.

    Ridiculous.

    May 10th, 2013 11:03 pm

  15. Stan

    Jack? That’s the truth. Not a good noggin for basketball.

    May 11th, 2013 11:20 am

  16. Sammie B

    The man makes some points and ignores others. Lee presents an interior option on nights when 3′s refuse to drop. Makes it more difficult for the defense to extend out to protect the 3 point line. Creates another way to free Curry and Thompson. Bottom line is a coach is paid to devise means to effectively integrate a productive player into the teams scheme. Lee is an asset. You can argue he can be used more effectively, you cannot argue he brings nothing to the table

    May 11th, 2013 2:36 pm

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