Apr 23, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson (3) guards Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry (30) in the second quarter during game two in the first round of the 2013 NBA playoffs at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Warriors Look to Finish Off Nuggets In Denver: Game Preview


What we all have to remember is that Denver came back from a 3-1 disadvantage to the Lakers last year, only to lose in a game seven. In this case, however, their game seven will be played on their home court. That doesn’t mean that the Warriors are going to give up.

Coming to play in Denver is intimidating, yes, but the Warriors have to remember that they’ve beaten Denver once on this court, and almost twice. The series should be theirs by this time. Now, however, it’s up to the adjustments that coach Mark Jackson can make.

Last game, the Warriors beat the Nuggets 115-101, another blowout victory. The other one was game two in Denver, with the Warriors winning 131-117. Their high-scoring offense, thanks to Stephen Curry, has been detrimental to the Nuggets’ chances. One game, however, could change the whole series and put the Nuggets at a better place to come back. If they win in Oracle, they have a better shot at winning the series than the Warriors do.

Keys to Victory:

Get Klay Thompson Going:

The reason that the Warriors had success in Denver was because Klay Thompson was absolutely on his game. He was making tough shots, driving to the basket, and even posting up smaller guys. In the last two games, he’s averaging 9.5 points per game, but should be doing a lot better. If the Warriors utilize Klay Thompson, he’ll hit some big shots down the stretch. This is a guy that likes to play on the road.

Push the tempo, but retreat:

Fastbreaks are partially the keys to the Warriors’ offense. If the Dubs can get a rebound and hustle, a lot of wide open looks, showtime plays, and alley oops come of it. Denver, however, is a team that likes to attack right back after a fast-break. If the Dubs do fastbreak the Nuggets, they need to get back in transition. Bogut also needs to be on his game.

Game Predictions:

Matchup to Watch: Stephen Curry vs anyone

Players to Watch: Warriors’ backcourt, Andrew Bogut

Leading Scorer: Stephen Curry

Winner: Nuggets pull it off

Probable Lineups:

Warriors:

1. Stephen Curry

2. Jarrett Jack

3. Klay Thompson

4. Harrison Barnes

5. Andrew Bogut

Nuggets:

1. Ty Lawson

2. Evan Fournier

3. Andre Iguodala

4. Wilson Chandler

5. Kenneth Faried

 

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