Non-garbage time, the Warriors’ bench outscored the Boston bench by 55 points in a series where GS won the point differential by 24. Even with Tatum struggling, even with the crazy amount of turnovers, that was the difference in this series.
Poole was a 28th pick. Pritchard was a 26th pick. Poole scored 79 points in the Finals in 125 minutes, PP 16 points in 66 minutes.
Derrick White was a disaster overall in the Finals after a strong Game 1, going - 17, -12, -19, -13, -26 in the last five games.
Grant Williams took only 10 threes the entire series, making only 3. It was 10 games since he had multiple threes in a game, and he went 5-20 over that span. If Grant had shot as well as Otto Porter from three, 9-16, it might have been a different series.
I have been one of the bigger advocates of Prichard on this board, but him making only three three pointers in his last nine playoff games, coming up empty from three in seven of those games was an epic fail. His job was to provide some firepower off the bench, and he failed miserably.
The lack of bench shotmaking allowed GS to really load up against the Jays defensively. The Tatum, AL/TL, Grant, PP, White lineup lit up a lot of teams previous to the finals
Maybe next season, use White as the backup PG, and find an Otto Porter type tp take PP’s minutes. I’d retain gGrant, figuring his defense will be needed to get past Giannis, but find one other three point shooter with size to ring chase and really shore up the back of the rotation (and/or develop Sam Hauser).