Stephen Curry is a household name. Klay Thompson owns the second-best stroke in the league. Harrison Barnes has justified the most hideous tank job in history by coming into his own as a small-ball power forward.
The Golden State Warriors have had a bumper crop of postseason heroes. But what about the other guys?
Prior to Curry’s emergence as possibly the greatest shooter in playoff history, analysts knocked Golden State’s lack of a hero ball superstar — a go-to option who could create his own shot in crunch time. Barnes lacked the experience or handles, Curry lacked size and Thompson lacked an ability to penetrate.
That left backup point guard Jarrett Jack as the only Warrior with a proven ability to create his own shot and get to the line. Jack, though capable, is no one’s idea of a first option, and as such, Golden State won the bulk of its pre-All-Star break regular season games relying on a scoring by committee system.
Game 4 felt like a return to the pre-All-Star break Warriors. With Curry and All-Star forward David Lee hamstrung by nagging injuries, Golden State needed contributions from everyone (even Andris Biedrins) to knock off the San Antonio Spurs in overtime.