From: Altadena, CA
Clippers weren't winning this game with Curry's game tonight, so good to get the nerves out for the young guys. Shamet made some nice plays in the second have and Shai keeps asserting himself. Now Gallo has to start getting off. This is a tough matchup for him because they can run a bunch of guys at him (Durant, Green, Iggy) who can neutralize the advantages that he usually has as a skilled big. I don't think they can win a game in this series if he isn't excellent, or they don't get a huge night from an unexpected source like Shamet or Shai.
On paper, they have little chance in this series, but Rivers has been a mastermind the last two seasons. I think they'll compete every game.
I do agree with you on Gallinari. They need to get him more catch and shoot opportunities, and I don't mind ISO's on the baseline for him. I don't like his ball handling ability in traffic, especially against this team.
Who am I to question Rivers, but isn't it time to roll Harrell out with the starters? He's a match-up nightmare for Cousins and Green. Use his energy from the start. Set the tone. Build a lead. Make them play hard, physical defense.
Zubac is a waste of time. He's big and wide, sometimes rebounds fall into his hands. Speaking of hands, does he ever keep them up? He has almost zero basketball instincts. He relies exclusively on size. Boban was better, and I'm not a fan.
My theory on that is that Doc wants him in the pick and roll with Lou to get him going, and Lou doesn't like to start. It will be interesting to see what happens in the future, since he and Gallo both have one year left on their contracts and Harrell is part of a long-term plan and Gallo is a question mark. I love Gallo, but he might be the perfect sell-high prospect this summer. He's healthier than he's been in years and he showed his value.