anderson game 7

Alan Anderson a hit in the starting lineup

In Game 6, Jason Kidd opted to move Shaun Livingston to the bench and start Alan Anderson in his place.

Anderson responded by scoring nine points (4-of-10 shooting), grabbing nine rebounds, and dishing out three assists in 31 minutes. In his two games as a starter, he is shooting 6-of-16 (37.5 percent) and averaging seven points, 5.5 rebounds, and two assists.

Brian Erni

This may have been the coaching move of the series. Anderson’s Game 5 — where he was part of the unit that helped Brooklyn make their fourth quarter run and shot 57.1 percent from the field and hit on 3-of-4 from deep — gave Kidd the confidence he could go with the Michigan State product, and it paid off. Anderson was integral in setting the pace in a do-or-die Game 6, where he dominated the glass early, and the threat of him draining  a corner three kept Toronto honest.

In addition, it allowed Shaun Livingston to come off the bench, which gave Kidd more flexibility when substituting Shaun Livingston. Considering Livingston’s success –particularly on defense — against Miami this season, it will be interesting to see if this adjustment sticks, but I think it was one of Kidd’s finest decisions of the first round.

Michael Frias
Michael Frias

The first thing I wondered, after I caught my breath, once Game 7 ended, is whether or not Livingston is going to be inserted back into the starting lineup, and if Plumlee or Blatche will be the first center off the bench.