2013 NBA Playoffs: Golden State Warriors vs. Denver Nuggets Preview

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Forward – David Lee vs Kenneth Faried

Faried may or may be ready to go for the playoffs. An MRI revealed no breaks in his sprained left ankle, but that’s hardly positive news. After all, sprains can often times be worse than a break.

If Faried isn’t able to go, Chandler could bump up to the power forward slot and Iguodala could play small forward.

April 15, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors power forward David Lee (10) controls the pass against San Antonio Spurs point guard Nando de Colo (25) during the third quarter at Oracle Arena. The Golden State Warriors defeated the San Antonio Spurs 116-106. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

There are a handful of possible scenarios and combinations depending on the situation. For a massive size advantage, head coach George Karl could put both Kosta Koufous and Javale McGee on the floor simultaneously, but that would greatly hinder Denver’s ability to penetrate. Then for a shooting advantage, he could go small, which actually wouldn’t harm them much against a small Warriors team.

The Nuggets are certainly hoping that Faried can suit up. His relentless work on the glass and above-average speed for his size is precisely what could sway this series in the Nuggets’ favor. In four games against the Warriors this year, he’s averaging 11.3 rebounds.

Regardless, Lee has the clear edge due to the confusion in the Nuggets front court situation. If Curry is hounded constantly, Lee will feed off of the open looks from the 15-20 feet range, which, if the Warriors want Curry to be effective, will be key.

Advantage Golden State