Steve Kerr refuses to reveal Warriors’ starting lineup ahead of Game 1
A few hours before the Western Conference Finals tips off, Steve Kerr was asked to reveal his starting line up. The head coach refused, understandably.
As reported by Anthony Slater of The Athletic:
Steve Kerr asked to reveal his starting lineup 90 minutes before tip of Game 1: “No”
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) May 14, 2018
In the regular season, Kerr’s usual starting five consists of Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson, and Zaza Pachulia. He has used this combination for 32 games, winning 22 and losing 10. On the other hand, the Curry, Durant, Green, Thompson, and JaVale McGee combo, has been utilized eight times — and has never lost one.
However, many believe that Kerr will unleash the Hamptons Five or the Death Line up which consists of Curry, Durant, Green, Thompson, and Iguodala. As observed, such a starting five consists of two former MVPs, two Finals MVPs, two of the greatest three-point marksmen of all time, two defensive stalwarts.
The lineup allows the Warriors to play small ball but at the same time, not sacrifice any match up problems. Durant, Green, and Iguodala can pretty much defend anybody given their size, quickness, and defensive IQ. Both Green and Iguodala, while not the prime offensive weapons, are still capable of logging in a few buckets.
In the postseason so far, Kerr has opted for the Hamptons Five for four games where it has a net rating of 40.9 — a far cry from the rest of the pack.
Perhaps Kerr doesn’t want to reveal his starting five to surprise Mike D’Antoni and the Rockets. The Rockets themselves have not faced the Hamptons Five.
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