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

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Coaching – Mark Jackson vs George Karl

What we have here is an inexperienced coach versus a coach that’s manned the sideline since 1984.

Apr 14, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Nuggets head coach George Karl speaks to the press after the game against the Portland Trailblazers at the Pepsi Center. The Nuggets won 118-109. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Jackson deserves a lot of credit. He’s revived the Warriors by insinuating defense in all of his players’ minds, and they’ve responded. Before his arrival, it was offense, offense and more offense, which is entertaining, sure, but it didn’t get results in the win column. Golden State is still an elite offensive team, but it’s paired with a solid defensive base.

Still, Jackson has had his fair share of questionable decisions. As a young coach, mistakes are surely a part of the process, but that’s where I’ll give Karl the edge over Jackson.

Despite lacking a “true” superstar, Karl has managed to implement a system that overshadows that deficiency.

Advantage Denver