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I keep reading and hearing that Steph Curry made a great decision at the very end of the Warriors’ loss to Portland which knocked the Warriors out of the fifth seed in the West. Was it really a great decision?

It never is a great decision when Andre Iguodala takes the final shot. He’s not good enough. Harrison Barnes would have been better. Or, excuse me, how about designing a play for Curry?

Curry drove the lane and was guarded by a million guys and had to pass to Iguodala. Mark Jackson should have anticipated that. He should have gotten the ball to Curry near the 3-point line some how some way. It was Jackson’s job to make that happen. He didn’t make it happen.

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  1. parnell

    You may be the only person on the planet who thinks that Harrison Barnes is either a) a better player or b) a better shooter than Andre Iguodala. Iguodala has taken and made a game-winning shot before. He’s experienced in late-game situations, is more experienced (Olympic gold medal) and he is shooting 48% from the field vs 39.5 for Barnes and shoots the same 35% from 3-point range this year.

    In tonight’s game prior to the final shot Iguodala was 7 for 9, Barnes 3 for 7. Iguodala was open. He shot and missed. It happens. Curry made the right decision. So did Jackson. Unless the standard for ‘right decision’ is ‘right result.’ Something you can only determine in hindsight.

    April 13th, 2014 9:58 pm

  2. CohnZohn

    parnell, You make good points but, honestly, Iguodala has been an offensive disappointment this season. Why didn’t Curry get that last shot?

    April 13th, 2014 10:52 pm

  3. Steve the cat rescuer

    As you wrote, Curry was blanketed and had no chance to shoot. Perfect pass to a wide open Andre. He missed. Great game. Life goes on. Can’t blame Jackson.

    April 13th, 2014 11:04 pm

  4. Dennis

    “Why didn’t Curry get that last shot?”

    Because he had a million guys on him and they is why Iguodala was open. Which is better for a last shot – a contested Curry 3 or a wide open Iguodala 3? I know, the answer is the one that goes in.

    If Curry took the last shot with 3 guys on him and missed you would be complaining that Curry should have gotten the ball to a wide open Iguodala and Jackson should have anticipated that.

    April 14th, 2014 8:15 am

  5. chris

    uh Lowell………..Iguodala has made 2 last second game winning shots this year. He was the perfect choice for that game ending shot. But of course so was Curry who’s made a few game winners as well. And you cant blame Curry’s decision because obviously that was the play that was written up by the coaching staff. Curry just made a game winner vs. Dallas so Jackson probably thought Portland would be ready for that and went to someone who’s made big shots in the cutch before.

    April 14th, 2014 8:22 am

  6. Matt in Newark

    The Warriors have roster weaknesses. Harrison Barnes is a lost cause this season. He adds nothing offensively. Any time Bogut leaves a game, it’s “the cat’s away, the mice will play” by driving to the hoop. The bench is weak and fritters away leads. Speights is a joke. So in addition to Mark Jackson’s limited play-calling skills, the GM deserves some criticism for the limited squad he has put together.

    April 14th, 2014 9:13 am

  7. Stan

    What stands out? Portland’s coach designed a great play near the end of regulation..they had a wide open three from the corner that he missed.
    Curry was given the ball near the end of OT and it looked like he was told to improvise.

    And then he had no Bogut who it appears is into being a slight bit of a hypochondriac. He left the game when he was touched by Portland. Replays show the two Portland big men smashed into each other with Bogut getting a push. They didn’t even run into him. Of the three? Bogut left the game later.
    I’m thinking he makes the Warriors a better team on those rare occasions he plays. But,man,he’s got a lot of Beidrens in him,not the 2nd or 3rd best center in the NBA.

    April 14th, 2014 9:42 am

  8. Tom T Thompson

    Why didn’t Curry take the last shot? For the same reason Paxson and Kerr took game winning shots (and not Jordan), or Fisher and Horry took them (not Kobe), or countless other examples. “The Man” can’t always be the man.

    April 14th, 2014 10:10 am

  9. Dr. Feelgood

    Curry would have drawn a double-team, that’s a given. Iggy was brought in for just this type of moment, he just didn’t deliver.
    You win some, you lose some.

    April 14th, 2014 1:02 pm

  10. Russell

    Stan – apologize to Bogut brother. Haha

    April 14th, 2014 9:54 pm

  11. Stan

    I don’t know..he admitted it wasn’t the Portland game..like I said,it was just a glancing blow.
    Maybe its just not natural to be a 7′ Aussie. He falls..something shatters,he gets a elbow,somethings else fractures. And even when he heals for a day..then its weeks of getting going again. Jermaine O’Neal is 50 years old,and hasn’t broken a thing. He plays,showers and then listens to Saturday Night Fever soundtrack on his Walkman. Built for Basketball.

    April 15th, 2014 9:33 am

  12. Stan

    Actually its not just being a 7′ Aussie. Being 7′ is hard period. Walton- Sampson-Ming,and even the Lopez brothers have had broken feet. That pretty much covers all ethnicity of the world of 7′ basketball players.

    Funny that chunky 7′ footers like Chamberlain,O’Neal and of course Shac, were steady.

    April 16th, 2014 11:11 am

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