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Why Nuggets-Warriors is must watch
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On April 24, 2013 @ 3:00 am In Wirenews | Comments Disabled
by Sean Highkin, USA TODAY Sports
No series in the first round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs has been more entertaining than the matchup between the Denver Nuggets and Golden State Warriors. These are two of the fastest teams in the league (the Nuggets ranked second in pace this season, while the Warriors ranked fourth), but they represent two opposite styles of play.
This is a battle of speed versus speed, but also hot shooting versus paint dominance, spacing versus athleticism. Andre Iguodala, Corey Brewer and JaVale McGee wow with freakish highlight plays, while Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson dazzle with outside shooting.
The Warriors led the league in three-point percentage this season, at 40.3%. The Nuggets ranked 25th, at 34.3%. Denver, on the other hand, led all teams in points per game in the paint with 58.0. Golden State ranked 26th with 38.4.
These differences in style played out on Tuesday. The Warriors shot well from everywhere (64.6% from the field), but especially from beyond the arc (56.0%).
The Nuggets, meanwhile, found most of their success inside the arc and in the painted area.
So far, we’ve seen the Nuggets win a close game and the Warriors win one of the more entertaining blowouts in recent memory, and there’s no telling what this series will bring next. Either way, the rest of it is can’t-miss basketball.
The anti-Warriors backcourt: Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis are the evil twins of Curry and Thompson. The Milwaukee Bucks backcourt combined for 15 points on 22 shots. The Bucks even winning one game against the Miami Heat was always a longshot, but it’s certainly not going to happen if their two highest-usage players are shooting like this.
Boston’s historically bad half: Do not view the Boston Celtics’ second-half shot chart from their 87-71 loss to the New York Knicks if you have a heart condition or if there are small children in the room.
Three games on the schedule for Wednesday … [For more on Playoff Putbacks: Why Nuggets-Warriors is the series to watch, click here.]
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