Mike D’Antoni credits Warriors’ Draymond Green for shutting down Clint Capela’s lob game
In most matchups, Rockets big man Clint Capela shines in pick-and-roll lob situations. However, he’s not getting many of those looks against the Warriors in the Western Conference Semifinals. The reason for this, according to head coach Mike D’Antoni, is Draymond Green’s defensive prowess.
D’antoni spoke with members of the media following Tuesday night’s 115-109 loss in Game 2. When asked about the lack of lobs being sent in Capela’s direction, D’Antoni gave credit to Green’s defensive play:
“The lob game, in particular. What have (the Warriors) done to make that problematic for you?” a reporter asked D’Antoni during his post-game media availability.
“They’re good at it,” D’Antoni replied with a coy smile. “Because Draymond comes to face it, then goes back to Clint. We probably have to go a little bit stronger to the rim and finish.
“They’re smart,” D’Antoni added. “They play the in-between game pretty well, and Draymond is arguably the best defensive player in the league. He’s smart.
“There are some things that we can do (to improve), and we’ll see how it goes on Saturday,” D’Antoni said in closing.
Mike D’Antoni on the Capela lob game getting shut down: “They’re smart…Draymond Green’s arguably the best defensive player in the league. He’s smart.” pic.twitter.com/0l2G6xK1nB
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Capela played fairly well in Game 2, but as D’Antoni noted, several of his lob attempts were disrupted by Green’s pesky defense. In 33 minutes of action, Capela racked up 14 points on 5-of-7 shooting from the field, 10 rebounds, two assists and two blocks.
The Rockets and Warriors will meet for Game 3 on Saturday. Tip-off inside the Toyota Center is set for 8:30 p.m. ET, with ABC having live broadcast coverage.
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