When the starting lineups were announced for Game 4 of the NBA Finals Thursday night in Cleveland, the Warriors submitted their usual quintet –- but not for long.
As tipoff approached, coach Steve Kerr replaced center Andrew Bogut with forward Andre Iguodala. It was a gutsy move that would be judged as inspired genius or a sign of desperation.
Measure Kerr’s head, and fit the coach for a wisdom cap.
The Warriors were quicker and faster, taking a first-quarter lead they never lost en route to a 103-82 victory at Quicken Loans Arena that tied the best-of-seven series at two games apiece.
“We made the decision this morning,” Kerr told reporters afterward. “So when I was asked today . . . I lied.”
The lie was highly effective, as the Warriors gave up size to intensify the pace. The 103 points is the most they’ve scored in regulation this series.
Iguodala finished with 22 points, tying Stephen Curry for team honors. The veteran wing also grabbed eight rebounds, tying Harrison Barnes for team-high in that category. Iguodala played a season-high 39 minutes.
“He’s been our best player through four games,” Kerr said.