Norris Cole performed well in the fourth quarter of Game 2, knocking down a key three-pointer during the 12-0 run. All seven of his points came in the final period and he played every minute of the final quarter.
While Cole's offense was spectacular, emailer Leonard Kreicas points out that the reserve guard's defense is actually more valuable...
By Leonard Kreicas,
Last night Norris Cole stopped Brandon Jennings, especially the overlooked play of Jennings driving and Cole stealing the ball from him, just like Cole stole the ball a few nights ago to seal a W.
Cole is a much quicker defender than Chalmers, and can shut down the opponent's top driving threat. In the second half I could see Jennings fear of Cole, because Cole was too fast for him.
Cole is too short for people like Durant, but he could shut down Westbrook and Chris Paul, thereby stopping OKC or LAC play-making routine.
I don't think Cole got enough kudos for his defense in the second half, because without Jennings the Bucks lost their confidence and seemed in disarray letting the Heat bigs do their thing.
With Cole on Jennings for the next 3 games, the Bucks do not have a chance.