Golden State Warriors face Denver test: Can the Splash Brothers sink the Nuggets on Christmas Day?
A five-game winning streak has the Golden State Warriors’ morale running high, but their holiday cheer could be in vain when they visit the Denver Nuggets on Monday night. Steph Curry and Klay Thompson are on fire, but Nikola Jokic and his team will present a tough challenge.
Can the Warriors turn back the Denver Nuggets in the Christmas game?
The defending champions own an 11-2 home record and are riding a four-game winning streak. However, the Warriors are coming off a three-game home winning streak and will have to find a new breakthrough to topple the Denver Nuggets in the Christmas game.
One thing is for sure: never underestimate Stephen Curry. The two-time MVP winner is still on an elite team, and he knows a win over the Nuggets would be a big one for his team.
Spurs lineup in turmoil with Green out
Draymond Green’s suspension for assaulting Jusuf Nurkic has left Steve Kerr at his wits end with a 10-14 team. Questions have risen and fallen about replacing Green at the starting defensive position. The Warriors stumbled in their first game without Green, but have been undefeated since.
Kerr’s masterful lineup adjustments have revitalized Golden State. Jonathan Kuminga fills Green’s defensive void, rookie Brandin Pozimsky joins Curry in the backcourt, and Klay Thompson slides into the small forward spot. So far, this new configuration has been “hit or miss,” but can it hold off the Nuggets’ firepower?
Golden State’s starting five for the Christmas game:
PG: Stephen Curry
SG: Brandon Bozemski
SF: Klay Thompson
PF: Jonathan Kuminga
C: Kevon Looney
Thompson’s shot selection key to Warriors’ success
Klay Thompson’s recent shooting efficiency has been crucial to the Warriors’ resurgence. He scored 28 points on 11-of-16 shooting against Portland, showcasing his smart shot selection.
“His shot selection has gotten better in the last five games,” Kerr commented.” It has stabilized our team and created a more efficient offense.”
Clash of the Times:
The Warriors-Nuggets Christmas game will be a thriller. Can Curry and Thompson continue their hot streak against a Jokic-dominated Nuggets team? Can Kerr’s revamped lineup hold its ground? Tune in to find out which team can win the Christmas game early.