comeback vs. Nuggets

Therefore, failing to maintain a competitive edge early on wasn’t the only thing that ended the Golden State Warriors’ valiant but difficult comeback attempts against the Denver Nuggets on Friday.

The court time for Draymond Green and Klay Thompson, who played under load restrictions, was 27 minutes and 24 minutes, respectively. Their continued escalation is a result of Green and Thompson missing scrimmage and exhibition play during the preseason, albeit for very different reasons.

Thompson was not permitted to participate in any 5-on-5 action until a week before the start of the regular season as he continues to rehabilitate from an injury that cost him two and a half years of play. Green was suspended from the club for seven days after landing a brutal blow on Jordan Poole.

Golden State’s whole rotation past its top six, which was in a state of full upheaval during training camp, was impacted as a result of the absence of two high-impact starters for a few additional minutes on the court on Friday.

On the postgame podium, Kerr said, “To be honest with you, this was kind of a good game for us.” “Conditioning-wise, I think we’ve overcome a little bit of a hurdle. This kind of game was new to us.

We must advance the men and place them in high minutes—not just minutes overall, but the right kind of minutes. It was a physically demanding, intense game. That was essential. Going future, I believe we will benefit more from it. We had to find men in a short period of [physical, intense] time. I believe it will benefit us in the future.

In the second half of the Warriors’ first two games in 2022–23, Moses Moody replaced Jonathan Kuminga in the starting lineup. After entering for the first time late in the third quarter, the sophomore wing played 12 consecutive minutes and was on the court for the most crucial parts of his team’s comeback. In comparison, every other reserve for Golden State had a plus-minus of -10 or lower.

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As the veterans of Golden State return to their usual minute’s allocation, consider the second-half lineup change to be yet another work-in-progress. “Over the course of the next few weeks, the second unit things will all work themselves out here. There isn’t yet a predetermined rotation. A number of different people are being tested, said Kerr. It will take some time to resolve because it is impacted by Klay and Draymond’s minute restriction.

Over the course of the arduous 82-game grind, the Warriors’ bench lines were always going to change, with Kerr pushing buttons to find the ideal combinations for the postseason. In the same way that Golden State’s fight and effort after the opening tip against Denver, the realities of an 11-man numbers crunch are a concern for Golden State right now, but ideally they won’t be when it means most.

 

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