One of the highlights of this past week’s Western Conference Finals was getting a chance to analyze how the Warriors went about attacking all the switching the Thunder were doing (both on the ball and off the ball). Embedded below are a pair of videos that cover the various ways the Warriors attack switching. The first video is broken down by off-ball switching attacks, Golden State’s post splits, and their ball screening tactics versus the switch. I put together the second video over the last 24 hours with two additional switching attacks I picked up from the last two games of the series. Before watching the video, I suggest taking a look at the two quotes below. The first is Steve Kerr explaining Golden State’s offensive philosophy against switching (note that Kerr’s quote is actually from May 2015). The second quote is from Jeff Van Gundy recapping the Western Conference Finals on Zach Lowe’s podcast.
Steve Kerr: We have a saying “Everything comes out in the wash.” We have a philosophy that, if teams want to switch bigs on Steph, instead of going isolation basketball, we’d rather Steph just move it on and keep our flow of our offense going.
Jeff Van Gundy: Against the switch, what you don’t want it to do is for it to stagnate your stuff offensively. If you don’t have a quick roll and you can’t get the ball to the perceived mismatch immediately, you’ve gotta move it along and keep the flow of your offense. I think one of the things that the switch really hurts is a lot of teams stop when the switch occurs, stare at the perceived mismatch and/or try to always go 1-on-1 versus continuing to move the ball, move yourself and the second time it hits your hands THEN you attack the mismatches and the switches when they can’t have five sets of eyes just focused in on one area of the floor.