The Golden State Warriors won their second straight playoff game with a 126-106 over the Denver Nuggets. The Dubs now hold a 2-0 series lead, having easily covered the spread in both battles.
Golden State is looking like a team capable of running the table.
The Golden State Warriors have experimented with many lineups in their first two games, and none seem more lethal than the Dubs new death lineup.
While the Suns did dominate New Orleans as well, the Dubs’ two easy victories have looked far more impressive. The Warriors have ridden into the sunset in both matches due to the dynamic nature of their new death lineup, a unit that has yet to officially get nicknamed.
We would’ve known by now how elite this lineup could’ve been, but injuries derailed much of the Warriors’ season.
Klay Thompson was out until 2022, and when he returned, Draymond Green was in the midst of missing 2 months from mid-January to mid-March with a back injury. Green returned, and then two-time MVP Stephen Curry almost immediately went down with a sprained foot against the Celtics.
The only consistent threats in the lineup have been Andrew Wiggins and Jordan Poole, the latter of which has been huge in the postseason, averaging over 25 points per game and dropping a game-high 30 points in the series opener.
However, they’re back in the lineup, and it’s one that looks as good as any other five-man unit in the NBA.
The Warriors have given Poole, Curry, Green, Thompson, and Wiggins a total of 11 minutes together through the first two games. It’s difficult to find the time for the five as Curry is coming off the bench.
In those 11 minutes though, the Warriors have a 204.3 offensive rating and then a 75 net rating. It doesn’t have a great offensive rating, but it doesn’t need to as the offensive board isn’t typically available.
This lineup runs opposing big men off the court, and it’s been incredibly successful through 2 games. It seems like it’s been difficult for the Nuggets, who run their offense through reigning MVP Nikola Jokic to keep pace.
With its continued excellence, expect to see more of this five-man unit in the near future.