The Golden State Warriors will have their star players back in the lineup with Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green. This will pose a real problem for teams with championship aspirations like the Houston Rockets.
The Warriors had a down season since all the injuries they sustained during and after the 2019 NBA Finals. Additionally, the departure of Kevin Durant certainly did not help things either, even though he would have been sidelined for the whole season anyway.
The bottom line for the Warriors is they will look to play the same style that made them successful. While other teams like the Rockets may be running stagnant half-court offenses running tons of high pick-and-roll, Golden State will avoid doing that.
“We’re not reinventing the wheel. We’re still gonna be the Warriors,” Kerr told The Athletic’s Tim Kawakami. “We’re not gonna all of a sudden turn into the Rockets — change our offense — and have one guy go high pick-and-roll 70 times a game.”
It’s clear the lack of movement in the Rockets’ half-court offense has made it quite difficult for them to win crucial playoff series against elite opponents. There becomes too much pressure on players like James Harden and Russell Westbrook to shoulder the load.
The Warriors’ style of play ensures that each member of the offense is able to have some level of involvement— helping to maintain a rhythm. There isn’t a heavy reliance on tough shots since the ball is moving and each player is active without the ball.
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