Rivers is much more comfortable going right compared to going left. He goes right 9 out of 10 times. Conley leaned towards his comfortable side and dared Rivers to go left and that's exactly what he did.
Rivers has a tendency to go right even if the opposing defense is defending his right side. It was very nice to see him take what the defense gave him and went left. I liked how his crossover is just as lethal going left as it is going right.
One more thing to keep in mind, the amazing space on that play. On that left side of the court where river penetrated, Ryan Anderson and Jason Smith created space due to their threat as shooters. Gay didn't even attempt to leave Anderson and Smith caused Randolph to hesitate just enough to let Rivers get to the basket before he could recover.
Rivers game can be deadly with proper spacing. During that play, the lineup included: Roberts, Miller, Anderson, and Smith. All shooters and defenses can not sag too much.
the optimal lineup for Rivers to utilize his penetration ability would require 5 shooting threat/spacers on the court.
This post was edited on 12/8 at 1:29 am