Warriors’ attack-first lineup: Spacing-first lineup
The Warriors used some lineups that saw major success against the Nuggets in Game 1, and one of them was a lineup that emphasized spacing. It had Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Jordan Poole, Draymond Green, and Otto Porter Jr.
Porter Jr. shot over 40% for 3 straight seasons earlier in his career and is among the best shooters off the bench for Golden State. Porter Jr. also offers more size and rebounding than Andrew Wiggins which is why this lineup has success defensively as well.
Porter Jr. didn’t find his footing in Game 1, missing all 3 attempts from deep. Once it starts falling for Porter Jr. this lineup could take the Dubs to a uniquely unstoppable level. Thompson and Poole combined for 10-for-17 from deep in Game 1.
This lineup played a total of 2 minutes on Saturday. It wasn’t one of the more successful lineups for Golden State, but it is one that will make sense to put on the court more often, especially when Curry returns to his 35 minutes per game average.
Putting the offense’s mastermind with the team’s four best shooters should produce results, and a larger sample size will be needed to see how successful this lineup could be.