The underlying issue that has been pressing the Golden State Warriors for the last few months is their thinning rotation. Injuries have ravaged this roster and are the root of nearly every issue troubling the team.
Where do we start? I guess with a headcount. Draymond Green, James Wiseman, Andre Iguodala and Klay Thompson have all missed chunks of games in 2022. Green, Wiseman and Iguodala are out with no clear timetable for return while Thompson is active but on a tight leash due to his long time away from the game.
This inconsistency in the lineup has made it difficult for the team to put one foot in front of the other. While it is a plus that so many players like Moses Moody, Jonathan Kuminga, Gary Payton and Otto Porter Jr. have been able to step up and play key minutes — it makes the trouble of building a consistent rotation all the more problematic.
The Warriors aren’t playing every night with the same rotation. Some of the decisions by Steve Kerr have been jarring, such as pulling Stephen Curry out of games at key moments.
Until the team is at full strength and the lineup is set in stone, we can expect the Dubs to run into trouble.