If there is one thing the Golden State Warriors can’t afford to do, it’s cough the ball up and allow the Denver Nuggets to run in transition.
Denver is notorious for being a fast-break team this season. They rank ninth in transition points at 20.0 per game, many of which by having wings or centers sprint down the floor and seal off their defender for an easy drop pass right into the paint.
It helps when you have a player like Nikola Jokic, one of the best outlet passers in the league, running the show.
Notably, however, the Nuggets rank much lower in points off turnovers. They are 22nd in this department and 18th in steals. As stated, the Nuggets mostly do their damage by forcing misses and pushing the tempo.
So why am I focusing on turnovers? Well, it has always been the Warriors’ Achilles heel. They turn the ball over at the second-highest rate in the NBA, nearly 15 times a game.
Giving easy opportunities to run in transition for one of the best transition teams in the NBA is a recipe for easy losses.