SAN FRANCISCO – The Golden State Warriors have a long history of short ball series. During the first championship run of their dynasty, their short order was so dangerous that it became known as the “death line”.
Since then it has met with some weird interpretations, but as the Warriors begin their first playoff run in three years, it looks like they have the new version.
Stephen Curry, Clay Thompson, Jordan Poole, Tremond Green and Andrew Wiggins only played five minutes in the first game of the first round against the Denver Nuggets. Those five minutes alone changed the pace of the Warriors as they went halfway to victory on Saturday night 123-107.
“It was a horrible scene when we actually went,” Thompson said. “This is actually the first time we’ve played together.”
The pool of the line said: “This is very dangerous.”
Pool has been questioning his senior teammates for the past three years with questions about the playoffs. He wanted to be ready whenever the opportunity arose to perform on the NBA’s biggest stage. But according to Warriors coach Steve Kerr, it was not just his questions that prepared the third-year guard. The two matches they played last year gave the pool a taste of the pressure he faces this season.
“He’s not scared about this moment,” Kerr said of the pool. “He’s looking forward to it.”
With three minutes left in the first half, Charlie came into the pool change and singled out a play that was cut back and forth by the keys to the loop.
“He has no faith,” Carrie said. “That play covers it. Because you have the creativity and confidence to create that play. Do not guess yourself. You live with the results, we’ve done it for years, and he’s stepping in. It’s fun to watch now.”
He finished the pool game with 30 points in 9-off-13 shooting, including 3-for-5-of-7. Only player in Warriors history to have scored more points in his playoff debut: Wild Chamberlain (35 points).
On Friday, Nuggets coach Michael Malone said he would not check Pool’s figures against Denver during the regular season because “they are not in the rankings.” In the three games he has played against the Nuggets, Poole averaged 22.7 points, 58% field shooting and 61% shooting 3-point line.
Late pool game – he has scored the league-best 78 3-points since March – Carrie said he is comfortable with his slow return to his home game.
On Saturday, the game in which Carrie played for the first time since March 16, he came off the bench.
Charcoal’s decision not to start. He said watching Thompson recover from injuries – especially the way players allowed Thomson to rest for 45 minutes, before he returned to the ground – gave Curry an insight into how to manage his minute control. But it also gave the Warriors the flexibility they desired within the confines of Charcoal’s minute control.
Curry played a total of 22 minutes, finishing with 16 points in 5-off-13 shooting, including a 3-point range from 3-off-6.
“I thought he was handsome,” Thompson said. “His shot in the first half was low, but that’s to be expected when you come from a long layoff. But he’s still Steff Curry.
As Thompson said, Carrie’s biggest impact on the game is that he’s on the court. It forced the Nuggets to decide whether to leave him in the same coverage – which might have allowed him to catch fire – or throw several guards in his way and let another talented sniper open wide.
“It’s very difficult to protect us,” Thompson said. “Technically, I think we’re low, but you have to come up with a defensive force, effort and energy.”
As the curry added, “Let’s see [Poole] You can play Big and Roll with me and Clay Spacing and the Drummond System and Vix Splash, which checks as many boxes on the list as you can for a strong offense. “
The spacing curry that was created was specifically played with Poole and Thompson in the Warriors’ three guard line. Thompson finished with 19 points in 7-for-15 shooting, including five 3-points.
Of course, “Death Series 3.0” was brought together by Green, just as it was in the 2014-15 season.
Green has not played in any of the four regular season matches against Denver, and Malone noted that the Nuggets went 3-1 in the series.
While Green was the primary defender, the Knuckets fired 5 for 19 from the ground on Saturday. Nicola Jogich went 3-for-12. The Warriors finished 9-for-14 on the field, including unmatched shots of 5-for-6 in Green’s passes.
“You need to be tough and smart, that’s just Dreamond,” Kerr said.
“He raised it one step,” Pool said of the greenery. “Because he is our leader, we feed his energy, and we can see Head Hanso go out and be aggressive and knock out big stops against the MVP, and we feed it. Because he has the power to get back there, and the way he controls our crime helps a lot. “
The Warriors only got a five-minute view of their possible final line. But in those five minutes, Golden State was finally able to see the line that had been talking since Charcoal fell down with injuries on his left leg. It’s been in their game book for a long time – almost a decade.
Golden State has seen players like Harrison Barnes and Kevin Durant spin, but at the end of the day, it will always be important for the Warriors in the playoffs.
New nickname for it?
“No,” Carrie said. “Look, it’s hard to do it over and over again. It’s the hardest thing we all have to do.”