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.
Steve Kerr admits the Warriors took Game 5 for granted, says the team is “excited” about tonight pic.twitter.com/jesVSrwh9V— Golden State of Mind (@unstoppablebaby) April 27, 2019
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.
Steve Kerr is starting Shaun Livingston with the four All-Stars— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) April 27, 2019
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.
This could also mean that Shaun Livingston isn't in the unit that starts the second quarter. Perhaps this means Kevin Durant starts the 2nd and 4th quarters? We shall see... https://t.co/dojwp3u8a2— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) April 27, 2019
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.