Originally Posted by b1gdon
I considered that, but then I went back and looked at the shooting stats for some of our other former snipers (Horry, Finley, Barry, Kerr, Elliott) and they all have had playoffs where the shot at or better than their career averages. If it was a issue of just tighter playoff defenses, then you would see the Bonner phenomenon occur with these guys. The thing about three point shooters is that they can be kind of streaky. They will have games where they go 1-5 or 0-4, or 1-6, but that will be balanced out by the games when the go 4-5 or 6-6 and it is during those games that they usually carry the team to a win. I can remember playoff games where each of the shooters listed above won at least one game for the Spurs either with hot shooting or nailing a game winner. That just has never happened for Bonner.
True, but the players you mentioned were all in the top 7 of the rotation. Bonner hasn't been, and shouldn't be, in that role. I would bet that those players averaged 12-18 minutes during the series. There will be nothing but pitchforks if Bonner averages 10 minutes and shoots 1-5, 0-4.
He had a good game, played decent defense, and was rewarded with minutes. If he shoots 1-6 in 13 minutes Wednesday, it's not likely he'll get another opportunity to play those type of minutes. Unless the defense remains decent.
Then again, that dribble drive with the lefty floater may have been in the works for years!