Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, D’Angelo Russell to play 30-35 minutes in Warriors’ preseason finale
The Golden State Warriors will treat their preseason finale on Friday against the Los Angeles Lakers like a regular season game, as All-Stars Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and D’Angelo Russell are scheduled to play 30 to 35 minutes.
Warriors tentative plan is to play Friday’s preseason finale at home vs Lakers as a dress rehearsal — 30-35 minutes for Curry, Draymond, Russell, regular rotation around them.
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) October 15, 2019
The Warriors don’t see Curry and Russell having any issue playing together. Both players are stellar shooters, so each guy can play off the ball and flourish in catch-and-shoot situations while the other All-Star handles the rock and breaks defenses down.
Curry averaged 27.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and 5.2 assists for the Warriors last season, while Russell put up 21.1 points, 3.9 rebounds and 7.0 assists with the Brooklyn Nets. Until Klay Thompson comes back from his ACL injury, Curry and Russell are the new “Splash Brothers” in Golden State.
Because the Warriors’ offense is predicated on ball movement and constant motion, Curry and Russell won’t fall into the trap of running a “my turn, your turn” type of style. Curry is already the best shooter of all time, and he does a lot of his damage from beyond the arc by using off-ball screens.
Both Steph and Russell can play on and off the ball in an efficient manner. This dynamic duo will be lethal once their chemistry is built.
Green, on the other hand, averaged 7.4 points, 7.3 rebounds and 6.9 assists for the Dubs last season while shooting 44.5 percent from the field, 28.5 percent from beyond the arc and 69.2 percent from the free-throw line. He will make $18.5 million this season, while his new contracts kicks in during the 2020-21 campaign.
The Warriors have $129 million and $138 million committed to their four max players of Curry, Thompson, Green and Russell for the 2020-21 and 2021-22 seasons, respectively.