Golden State Warriors at Brooklyn Nets: To rest, or not to rest?

OAKLAND, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Stephen Curry
OAKLAND, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Stephen Curry /

The Golden State Warriors will visit the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center on Sunday on the second night of a back-to-back series.

After Saturday night’s 47-point third quarter and subsequent 24-point comeback win over the Philadelphia 76ers at Wells Fargo Center, the Golden State Warriors will head to face the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center on the second night of a back-to-back series.

Warriors beat writer Connor Letourneau of the San Francisco Chronicle reported via Twitter that the team had no prior plans to rest any of their players against the Nets, but it wouldn’t at all surprise me if they chose to rest someone like Andre Iguodala, who was a +14 in 26 minutes off the bench.

And I’m not one to completely dismiss or underestimate an opponent, but this is the Nets, so I wouldn’t bat an eye if Golden State decided to also deactivate David West, Shaun Livingston or even KD.

I think Kevon Looney and Nick Young have earned some quality minutes with their two-way play as of late, and I haven’t seen much of Patrick McCaw all season. I wouldn’t mind West, Livingston and Iguodala taking the night off to give those guys some run.

Game Details

Golden State Warriors at Brooklyn Nets

Tip-Off: Sunday, November 18, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. PST

Location: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY

TV: NBC Sports Bay Area

Radio: 102.1 FM, Warriors Radio Network

Projected Starting Lineups

Brooklyn Nets

PG: Spencer Dinwiddie

SG: Allen Crabbe

SF: DeMarre Carroll

PF: Rondae Hollis-Jefferson

C: Trevor Booker

Head Coach: Kenny Atkinson

Golden State Warriors

PG: Stephen Curry

SG: Klay Thompson

SF: Kevin Durant

PF: Draymond Green

C: Zaza Pachulia

Head Coach: Steve Kerr

Injury Report

GSW: No injuries — knock on wood! Damian Jones and two-way contract players Quinn Cook and Chris Boucher are with the G League’s Santa Cruz Warriors.

BKN: D’Angelo Russell (left knee surgery) and Jeremy Lin (ruptured patella tendon, right knee) are inactive.

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Keys to the Game

My key to this game against the Nets is simple: finish the game as soon as possible. It seems as if the Warriors have developed a habit of digging a hole early, only to spectacularly emerge from that hole after halftime.

Coming off a tough comeback win just the night before, the Warriors starters should try to dominate the first half as much as they can, increasing their opportunity to sit in the fourth quarter. The Nets are a relatively young team, so I wouldn’t mind seeing the younger Dubs get extended garbage time minutes.

(All game information provided via Warriors PR)