Fans have grown accustomed to two-point-guard lineups in recent years. This year, however, there has been little opportunity — or need — to play the diminutive Darren Collison alongside the even-more-miniature TJ Ford.
But they tried it against New Orleans for only the second time this season (with the first being an unsuccessful, three-minute pairing on opening night against the Spurs).
O’Brien made the move because Mike Dunleavy was struggling to defend Jack and Marcus Thornton.
“(Monday) was a day it presented itself,” O’Brien said. “(Dunleavy’s) not going to guard Jack off pick-and-rolls. Thornton is kind of a real small guy, so we just went with a small lineup. It worked out well for us.”
Collison was the point guard and Ford shooting guard in that lineup.
“If teams go small, you can do it and get away with it,” Ford said. “At the same time, I think it will be hard to do it consistently when you have guys like Mike and Brandon (Rush) playing so well stretching the floor.”
Again, given the point Ford makes at the end there and just the statures of Collison and Ford, I don’t expect this to become a regular thing. But it’s at least sort of nice to know that it can be an option when teams like the Hornets or Mavs (who have been known to run out a bunch of pipsqueaks) go small.