Like, for example, if fellow Warrior Monta Ellis(notes) is about to be screened and it looks like he won't be able to continue his pursuit of the Toronto Raptors' Sonny Weems(notes) around the pick, Vlad will jump all the way out to the other side of the screener to make sure that Weems won't be able to dribble his way to the far side of the court unimpeded. Nice try, Sonny. No exit here. Better find a detour, because friends help friends, which is heartwarming.
Three more things we know about Vlad: He's not so great at defense, he's (apparently) never seen a behind-the-back dribble, and he just gave a rim-seeking missile a wide-open path to the cup in the fourth quarter.
Weems' vicious slam, which Raptors beat cop Holly MacKenzie said "mi-i-i-i-i-g-h-t be the best in-game dunk I've ever seen live," punctuated a 20-9 run that cut the Warriors' lead to five with less than four minutes to go. Luckily for Vlad, he got some help from his friends down the stretch (and added a block of a Linas Kleiza(notes) three-ball in the final minute) as the Warriors held on for a 109-102 win.