The upcoming Western Conference Finals is packed with the biggest names in the game today. The defending champions Golden State Warriors have two former season MVP winners in Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant. They will be going against the winningest team this year in the Houston Rockets that boasts one of the most dynamic backcourt tandems in history in James Harden and Chris Paul.
However, everybody knows that this series is going to be so much more than just a clash of superstars. Warriors head coach Steve Kerr definitely recognizes this fact and he has identified veteran guard Shaun Livingston as one of the players that will be playing a crucial role.
According to the write-up of the Bay Area News Group’s Melissa Rohlin, Steve Kerr considers Shaun Livingston as a stabilizing force in this high octane matchup. He confirms that the 11-year veteran is going to be a permanent fixture in the Warriors rotation.
“Shaun is going to be a mainstay,” said Kerr. “No matter who we play, Shaun will play.”
Addressing the role expected of him, Livingston had this to say:
“Just coming in off the bench and being a stabilizer,” said the 32-year-old Peoria, Illinois native. “Making sure that we’re doing all of the little things that we need to be doing. Getting the right play calls, getting the right people the ball, being aggressive myself, boxing out, right rotations.”
Tip-off of game one of this highly-anticipated matchup is scheduled on Monday evening in Houston. It will be interesting to see how the Warriors respond to being in unfamiliar territory as they concede home court advantage to the Rockets who finished seven games above them in the regular season.