Originally Posted by MikeToronto
The only important role Bargnani
was performing on the floor late in Sunday's game was spreading it for others. Yes, even shooting as crappy as he was, he was attracting a defender on the perimeter, thus indirectly helping to create space in the paint for Lowry and DeRozan to drive to the basket. This is something that, unfortunately, Ed wouldn't be able to do.
played pretty good defence all throughout the game,especially on Tim Duncan late. They Had Val on Duncan at first, then put Bargnani
on him late. If he has a bad shooting night, he better do the other things at least, and he did. Casey even mentioned that yesterday at practice, he was going to leave Ed Davis in there, but he needed someone with size on Duncan, as well as having Andrea spread the floor, allowing Derozan and Lowry to slash and get to the freethrow line.
If you put Davis out there, they don't guard him as tight when he's standing at the perimeter and that allows the defender to stay inside the paint and congest the area, making it harder for the guards to drive to the hoop.
Davis had a great game no question