Oct. 21, 2016
Warriors at Lakers in San Diego Preview- Look for Durant to play More Point Forward
The Warriors (4-1 preseason) will take on the Los Angeles Lakers (2-4) tomorrow, 7 p.m. at the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego. The game will be televised on ESPN and you can listen on 95.7 The Game.
In recent days Warriors Head Coach Steve Kerr has noted that this season he will look to experiment more while he paces his team for another NBA championship run. This preseason Kevin Durant has played some point forward and you can expect to see that more against the Lakers tomorrow night.
Using Durant as a point forward opens up the floor even more for the Warriors offense. Durant is certainly more than capable of bringing the ball up the floor but most power forwards will not be able to guard him in that capacity. Defenses will be forced to use a smaller player to defend Durant for the length of the floor, thus leaving one of Splash Brothers, Curry or Thompson, more of a chance to get open for a set shot. Durant as a point forward also creates more lanes for interior passes and cuts. In any event, using Durant in this role simply gives the Warriors already potent offense an another deadly weapon. Unfortunately for the hopeless Lakers, the Warriors will practice this line up on them tomorrow night.
Expect starters to play the entire first half and then some depending on the score and if coach Kerr likes what he sees. Players like center JaVale McGee, Kevin Looney will need to continue their good play if they expect to make the Warriors roster.
The Warriors have won 8 out of their 10 previous regular season meetings against the Lakers. All time vs. the Lakers, the Warriors are 158-250 and 107-191 on the West Coast.
Warriors forward Andre Iguodala and Lakers guard Louis Williams were teammates for seven seasons in Philadelphia (2006-12).
Warriors player development consultant Steve Nash played two seasons with the Lakers, averaging 11.4 points in 29.8 minutes over 65 games.
Lakers Head Coach Luke Walton was an assistant coach for the Warriors for two seasons (2014-15 and 2015-16) and helped guide the Warriors to a 39-4 record in Warriors Head Coach Steve Kerr’s absence... Walton was named Western Conference Coach of the Month for games played in November and December.