Ian Clark earns some more minutes in San Antonio dud

Mar 11, 2017; San Antonio, TX, USA; Golden State Warriors shooting guard Ian Clark (21) puts up a shot over San Antonio Spurs shooting guard Bryn Forbes (right) during the first half at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 11, 2017; San Antonio, TX, USA; Golden State Warriors shooting guard Ian Clark (21) puts up a shot over San Antonio Spurs shooting guard Bryn Forbes (right) during the first half at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Golden State Warriors are faltering so they need to turn to other options. Steve Kerr should look to Ian Clark after his 36 point performance.

The Golden State Warriors are reeling. They’re looking for answers and may have found the start of one during their loss against the San Antonio Spurs. That could be Ian Clark.

The reserve guard had to step into a larger role against the Spurs after Steve Kerr decided to rest Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, and Andre Iguodala. Clark played 33 minutes, easily his season high.

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He came off the bench and was easily the best player for Golden State. He scored a career-high 36 points on a very efficient 15/21 from the field. He dropped in all three of his three-point attempts. He also grabbed 5 rebounds and came away with 1 steal.

Clark’s willingness to attack and poise stood out. It looked even better when you place his performance next to Patrick McCaw’s two points in 41 minutes. The rookie had a really tough night.

Someone had to take the lead with all of the Warriors’ star players out. Golden State was missing all of their playmakers. Zaza Pachulia tried to make something happen when he took a lot of early shots, but he couldn’t really get going.

The Warriors are really struggling, Curry and Thompson’s shooting woes, Durant’s injury, the rough road trip, and Kerr’s decision-making are a recipe for disaster. They need some kind of help.

While McCaw has shown flashes of being a good player, he’s not there yet. He might also be hitting a wall because the transition from college to the pros is a big one. He’s playing in an high paced system that causes everyone to feel fatigue.

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Clark should get more playing time. He should eat into McCaw’s minutes and even some of Shaun Livingston’s minutes as well. He’s been good for most of the season and should see the floor more.

Kerr likes to experiment, sometimes to a fault. He should incorporate Clark more into the offense, especially with how poorly they’ve shot the ball. It can’t hurt with how the Warriors have been faltering.