Stephen Curry, Shaun Livingston discuss how injuries have thrown Warriors’ rotations out of whack
The Golden State Warriors have been forced to survive a slew of injuries that have plagued them this postseason, resulting in multiple adjustments and a wide array of lineup changes in the midst of this storm of unforeseen events. Stephen Curry and Shaun Livingston, two of the few who have yet to take a seat in this postseason, have noticed the glaring effects of dealing with injuries.
Head coach Steve Kerr has now used 10 different starting lineups in this postseason, the most since the league began tracking lineups in 1971:
“It’s tough from a rotational standpoint,” said Livingston, according to Steve Aschburner of NBA.com. “Guys coming in at different times. Yeah, it definitely throws a kink in it.”
Curry has had to yield the most potential out of each teammate as the Warriors play survival mode through this last stretch of the season, finding themselves down 2-1 in the NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors without the help of their leading scorer, Kevin Durant:
“It’s a tough adjustment when guys who haven’t been in that position consistently and in these type of moments are thrown into his minutes.”
Durant has been already ruled out for Game 4 of the NBA Finals, leaving a very thin margin for error the rest of the way, making Friday’s game as close to a must-win as the defending champions have seen this season.
Now with Klay Thompson back in the lineup, though in limited capacity, it will be up to this team to play like Durant isn’t coming back the rest of the way, using whatever gas is left in their legs through these last few games.