After last night’s loss to the Phoenix Suns, we saw a true weakness for the Warriors that could come back to bite them once the playoffs begin in April. Their defensive guard play was heavily exposed as Goran Dragic and Gerald Green lit the Warriors’ back court for a combined 59 points and seemed to have their way with the defense for the whole night.
This could potentially be a problem for the Warriors in the playoffs if they are forced to play a series against the Oklahoma City Thunder or Portland Trail Bazers, both of whom possess elite guards in Russell Westbrook and Damian Lillard that are more than capable of taking games over and torching defenses.
However, the Warriors are not completely doomed if they can utilize the midseason acquirement of MarShon Brooks, who could become a solution to their defensive woes. Brooks might not put up the most stellar numbers, but he has proven throughout his entire career to be a quality defender that can come off the bench to handle some of the load on defense.
Brooks should be given more playing time in matchups where the Warriors are forced to execute defensive assignments against elite guards that can penetrate and get to the basket easily. Standing at 6’5″ and 200 pounds, I believe that Brooks possesses the physicality to come off the bench and slow down some of the elite guards in the Western Conference. He also possesses descent speed that will allow him to stay in front of his opponents and cut off lanes to the basket.
It will just be up to Mark Jackson and the Warriors’ coaching staff to find more playing time for Brooks so he can have the opportunity to prove his abilities on the court and help the Warriors in their playoff push.