The Golden State Warriors open their first playoff series since 2007 on the road vs. the Denver Nuggets this Saturday. You can hear every play from every game on KNBR. Games 1-4 will be on KNBR 1050 and game 5 will be on KNBR 680 with games 6-7 TBD. Check out the Warriors full playoff schedule here.
Denver is the leading-scoring team in the NBA (106.1 ppg) and they are second in pace (97.76 possessions per 48 minutes), while the Warriors rank seventh (101.2) and fourth (96.81) in those categories, respectively. However, in their four games with the Warriors, the Nuggets have averaged a 96.81 pace and 107.5 points, while the Warriors were spot on with their season marks of 100.8 points per game and a 96.81 pace in those four games.
Fresh off setting an NBA record for most three-pointers made in a single season, Steph Curry talked about the importance of each possession and how the three will be a key weapon for Golden State.
Andrew Bogut. The Warriors’ center missed each of those four games due to injury, so his presence in the lineup certainly presents a wildcard in this series. Denver scored 52.6 percent of its points in the paint, an area that Bogut has been known to protect. Bogut talked about his role when facing Denver's sometimes frenetic style of play.
David Lee will make his first playoff appearance on Saturday. Lee averaged 23.3 points, 10.3 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2.3 steals vs. Denver during the team's four regular season match-ups.
Mark Jackson, a veteran of many playoff series himself as a player, will make his head coaching debut vs. someone he's very familiar with in Nuggets Head Coach George Karl. Jackson and Karl worked together during Mark Jackson's first year doing television work for ESPN. While Mark Jackson is set to make his debut as a head coach in the playoffs, George Karl will be making his 22nd appearance. While Mark Jackson believes it's nice to have playoff experience, he wants his team to remember that while the lights are brighter in the playoffs, it will still be 5-on-5 basketball.