Typically, Stephen Curry plays the entire first and third quarter, and re-enters the game with six minutes remaining in the second and fourth.
In the interest of experimentation Monday night against Memphis, Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr subbed Curry with a little over three minutes remaining in the first quarter and started him in the second quarter. Curry sat within three minutes left in the third and started the fourth.
Kerr will stick to the change tonight in Utah.
During morning shoot around, Kerr discussed the decision with the Athletic’s Anthony Slater.
Steve Kerr has flipped his rotation patterns, putting Steph Curry with the second unit to start the 2nd/4th quarters instead of Klay. He discusses that change. pic.twitter.com/u0HGeMymrS— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) December 19, 2018
The decision to start Curry in the second and fourth quarters makes sense. It gives the second unit a greater sense of stability than having he and Kevin Durant on the bench to start the quarters. Friday night in Sacramento, the Sacramento Kings went on a 15-2 run with Curry and Durant sitting, and it nearly cost the ‘Dubs the game.
With Curry starting the second and fourth Monday, the Warriors outscored the Grizzlies 31-16 in the second and scored 26 in the fourth. If the rotation is successful tonight, this will give Kerr more of a reason to stagger either Curry and Durant like it’s long been suggested.
So, DubNation, what do you all think? Should Kerr continue staggering Curry and Durant? If so, who should start the second and fourth quarters between the two?