Basically, the individual players who, in one way or another, swung the game in their respective team’s favor. Trust us, it’s a complicated and well-reasoned system.
Anyway, without further ado, your winner for Game 4 is… Andre Iguodola!
Admittedly, this was a close one, with Curry (4-7 from three), Draymond Green (for finally not playing like an angry sack of marbles), and the rogue, Cleveland-hating zoom lens all garnering hypothetical votes. In the end though, Iguodola’s shift to the starting lineup—and accompanying 22-point offensive outburst—was the difference on Thursday night.
At least part of the credit goes to Warriors head coach Steve Kerr, obviously. After a start to the series that had seen him thoroughly outcoached by David Blatt (!!!), Kerr showed his first signs of life pre-tip. Realizing that something was awry with his historically great team, he decided to go small with his starting lineup—a move that paid off in a big way. With Andrew Bogut on the bench, Green sliding over to center, and Iguodola in at forward, the Warriors were finally able to attack at a pace that Cleveland’s depleted roster couldn’t trap into a possession-by-possession game.
And Iguodola, specifically, was the biggest reason why. Take the series below, for instance.
In just over a minute of game time at the end of the first quarter, Iguodola shows off the full breadth of his game. First, he streaks behind the Cleveland defense on a fast break, finishing a Shaun Livingston feed with a dunk. On the following possession, he sets up the offense, resulting in a David Lee layup. Then, on the third offensive possession, he knocks down a three. And in between? Oh, just D’s up LeBron on consecutive defensive possessions.
With 22 points (8-15 from the field, 4-9 from three) and eights rebounds, Iguodola’s impact on the game definitely showed up in the box score. It was his presence in the starting lineup, and his efficient, up-tempo style of play, though, that made all the difference for the Warriors in Game 4.