John Cannon of Crossover Chronicles put together a pretty interesting article yesterday comparing the postseason management styles of Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr and San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy, who "manages differently in the postseason than he does in the regular season."
I'm an admittedly fair-weather Oakland A's fan who's not nearly well-versed enough in the MLB to evaluate whether that's a good or reasonable comparison, but I did appreciate the attempt to demonstrate that some of the most significant aspects of coaching go beyond domain-specific considerations (e.g. X's and O's) and point far more toward basic modes of human interaction.
What will be fun to watch in tonight's game is how this coaching chess match progresses over the next 2-3 games, which will decide this series: who will force a checkmate first? Or have the Warriors already done so by neutralizing Tony Allen, who might not even play in tonight's game?
With the Warriors getting a dominant win in Game 4, it would seem that the Grizzlies will have to make the next big move to shift the direction of the series. And Memphis center Marc Gasol may have hinted at what the focal point of the Grizzlies' next adjustment might be, according to a report by Scott Ostler of the SF Chronicle.
After the game, Memphis center Marc Gasol said his team would need to work Curry harder on defense, tire him out.
"Looking forward to it," Curry said, coolly. "I had to defend Courtney Lee coming off screens, Mike Conley coming off screens all game. I don’t guard Marc or Z-Bo (Zach Randolph), so that may be something they want to do. I’m looking forward to that."
Not exactly sure what "working Curry harder on defense" might look like, but it will certainly be interesting to watch and find out what the next twist in this series is.
Who: Golden State Warriors vs. Memphis Grizzlies
What: Game 5, second round, 2015 NBA Playoffs
When: 7:30 p.m. PST
Where: Oracle Arena - Oakland, CA
How to watch:
- National: TNT
Radio: KNBR 1050