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Meanwhile, Warriors coach Steve Kerr and his staff spent the past three days trying to find solutions for all these unique challenges. “Well, they do a ton of switching, like we do, and they’ve got a lot of guys who they may not be the Greek Freak (Antetokounmpo) or (Durant), but they’re good-sized guys with Trevor Ariza, PJ Tucker, Eric Gordon,” Kerr said. “These guys are good, solid defenders, and they’ve eliminated a lot of holes in their defense from the past few years by adding more defenders, PJ and Luc Mbah a Moute. So they’ve made it tougher in the half court for sure, and they’ve done a really good job with their defense, and the stats show it.”
The defense Paul and Luc Mbah a Moute faced for seven games a year ago might have had different parts, but reduced to Xs and Os, it was virtually identical and Paul was sensational in the series, taking the Clippers to a seventh game after an ailing Blake Griffin went out in the first half of Game 3. “You still have Rudy there, so you’re obviously going to be a drop (defense) where he is going to be in a drop, where he is going to be back in the lane,” Paul said. “They try to funnel things to him. I think we know them pretty well.”
But there is something else he can count on as he faces a similar challenge in his first season with the Rockets as in his last season with the Clippers. “They’re a tough team,” Mbah a Moute said when asked what he took from last year’s series. “They do not quit. They do not back down. If you come out and beat them by 40 (points); the next game is going to be completely different.