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Warriors vs. Clippers, Game 6: Shaun Livingston will start for Golden State

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After another disappointing loss in the first round, Warriors coach Steve Kerr is expecting a better effort tonight. Part of that will be starting Shaun Livingston.

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Over the last couple of days, there has been seemingly broad agreement that the Golden State Warriors lost Game 5 of their first round series against the Los Angeles Clippers because they were looking ahead to the second round.

Clippers scoring machine Lou Williams commented that the Warriors made a mistake by looking ahead. Klay Thompson took responsibility for assuming they’d win the game going in, as reported by Baxter Holmes of ESPN.

In advance of Game 6 tonight, Warriors coach Steve Kerr said his team took Game 5 granted and said he expects better energy tonight.

Part of Kerr’s plan to shift the team’s energy is now clear: Shaun Livingston will start tonight along with the other All-Stars.

We probably won’t see exactly what this means for Kerr’s rotations until the game unfolds, but the modified Hamptons 5 lineup makes sense when you consider that Andre Iguodala needs to save some energy for Lou Williams.

In any event, this certainly added a wrinkle to the game that won’t make it quite business as usual. Let’s hope they “freaking win by 30.”

Feel free to drop your thoughts on the lineup change or the game as it unfolds in the comments below.