Why Steve Kerr lied about the Warriors NBA Finals Game 4’s starting lineup

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Programming note: Watch the 2015 NBA Finals Game 4 broadcast between the Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers tonight at 8:00 pm PT on NBC Sports Bay Area.

Let’s take a look back in time until June 11, 2015.

After losing games 2 and 3 of the NBA Finals to the Cavs, the Warriors faced a decisive game 4 that night in Cleveland.

Steve Kerr surprised the basketball world by including Andre Iguodala in the starting line-up in place of Andrew Bogut.

Things didn’t start well for the Dubs, and Kerr called the time-out just over two minutes with his team 7-0.

Spoiler alert – the Warriors ended up crowding the Cavs, 103-82. And after the victory, the Golden State coach provided one of the best sound clips during the Warriors’ five consecutive trips to the final when he was questioned on the run with Iguodala at the opening tip:

“I think Tim Kawakami asked me if Bogut started. I lied. No, I did. I lied. I think I have two press conferences on match day, so I’m asked a lot of strategic questions.

My options were – tell the truth – so if I tell the truth, it’s the equivalent of knocking on David Blatt’s door and saying, “Hey, that’s what we’re going to do. I could sidestep the question, who would start this Twitter phenomenon, “Who’s going to start for the Warriors?” ”

Or I could lie. So I lied. Sorry, but I don’t think they are giving you the moral award. They give it to you if you win. So sorry. ”

It doesn’t get any better than this.

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Iguodala was incredible – scoring a 22 point high (8 for 15 total, 4 for 9 3) and helping LeBron James with a 7:22 field night.

Shaun Livingston had seven points, eight rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block, and was the team’s best plus 25 in 25 minutes.

David Lee also had a great evening off the bench, recording nine points, five rebounds and three assists in under 16 minutes.

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Some other things to remember:

1) It was Nick U’Ren – who currently works at the Warriors front office but who was then “Special Assistant to the Head Coach” – who first suggested starting Iguodala.

As Kerr told reporters: “He is behind the bench, he is 28 years old, he is a child. We have very cooperative staff. Whoever has the idea, it doesn’t matter. And he brought me the idea. “

2) The team of Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Iguodala, Harrison Barnes and Draymond Green only played 102 minutes together during the regular season – the team’s fifth most-used team. And the four combinations of five men who saw more action all had better clean scores.

Thus, the unit that became known as “Death Lineup” did not exactly kill opponents at the time.

3) More than 14 minutes in match 4, the starting unit was minus-1 (improved to plus-14 of 21 minutes in match 5 and plus-7 of 14 minutes in match 6).

And finally – it’s “national beer day”“Which is perfect for tonight’s reissue.” Enjoy the game …

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