How the Golden State Warriors adjusted their strategy against the Denver Nuggets in the 2013 playoffs.
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The Warriors in Game 1 ran a ton of pick-and-rolls involving Stephen Curry and Golden State's power forwards — David Lee and Landry — and the Nuggets, generally playing small, responded by having the speedy Chandler trap Curry far from the hoop. In Game 2, the Warriors adjusted; they had their centers set the high screens for Curry, forcing Denver's much slower big men into a terrible choice between laying back and watching Curry shoot jumpers, or scurrying far out of their comfort zones and watching Curry cross them off the bounce.
Here's McGee yielding too much space — though, in his defense, the Warriors run a screen-the-screener action that has been effective for them all season:
And here's Jarrett Jack, running the play in Curry's place, jetting around the out-of-his-element Faried for an easy bucket:
Denver has to be better defensively, and Karl's rotation choices will define how the Nuggets go about that process.
Game 3 showcased the Warriors strategy and they were able to beat the Nuggets, a much better team, by sticking to the strategy.
The star of the night was Bogut. The same Bogut whose acquisition inspired boos. (These jeers were less about him than about the departed Monta Ellis, but still.) The same Bogut whose ankle injury limited him to 12 games last year and 32 games this year, who suspected his Golden State teammates of thinking, "Why did we trade for this guy?" The same Bogut who called this season "a nightmare," who spent much of it in training pools and rehab sessions, never believing that a moment like Thursday's might come. He couldn't play back-to-backs because of the strain. He couldn't even drink a beer because of the swelling. But on Thursday at Oracle, he could do whatever he damn well pleased.
"I'd forgotten how good he was," Karl said of Bogut after the game. Green described his early impressions of Bogut with a nod to his past self: "I saw the things he did in Milwaukee. We knew that once he got back, he could do that here."