Originally written on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 4/20/13
This should be an exciting series to watch.  It is filled with exciting players from Stephen Curry to Kenneth Faried.  Both teams play a run-and-gun style offense.  If you like constant back and forth action, this is the series to watch. What Denver needs to do to win: First and foremost, contain Stephen Curry.  His defender needs to be right up in his grill at all times.  Curry recently broke the record for three-pointers made in a season.  He won’t think twice about firing if you give him any kind of space.  Denver led the league in fast break points per game, averaging over 20.  They need to continue to play stingy defense and run the floor off forced turnovers and long rebounds.  The Warriors live and die by the three-point shot.  The Nuggets need to play active perimeter defense.  Slide your feet and keep your hand in the shooter’s face. What Golden State needs to do to win: Stephen Curry needs to be a stud for Golden State to have a realistic chance.   The Nuggets are a much more experienced team.  They have to be efficient if they are going to get into a full court battle with the Nuggets.  If Golden State doesn’t convert on the fast break opportunities, the Nuggets will handle them.  The Warriors also led the league in defensive rebounds per game.  They definitely need to continue that trend and limit the Nuggets from getting second chance opportunities.  Finally, they need to take care of the ball, especially in the 4th quarter.  They have been in a lot of close games this season but their inexperience can sometimes hurt them. Key Matchups: Ty Lawson vs. Stephen Curry: Assuming Lawson guards Curry, he mainly needs to stick with him for three quarters.  The Warriors usually roll with a three guard lineup in the 4th quarter that consists of Curry, Jack, and Thompson.  In that case, the Nuggets can stick Iguodala on Curry in late game situations.  With that said, Curry’s height advantage should give him an advantage over Lawson.  He loves to pull up and shoot.  With Lawson on him, it will be easy for Curry to see the basket. Kenneth Faried vs. David Lee:  Both of these guys are animals who do not stay away from the rebounds.  David Lee needs to utilize his experience and win this matchup.  As the rebounding machine David Lee is, he needs to box out Faried for the rebound at all times.  He can take Faried away from the basket when the Nuggets are on defense by spotting up for a jumper.  Shooting outside the paint is something Lee is comfortable doing.   Warriors need bench production: The Nuggets are nine guys deep at the very least.  The Warriors can’t just depend on their five best players to get the job done.  Other guys need to provide answers.  That means Harrison Barnes, Andrew Bogut, Carl Landry.  Curry won’t be able to drag the team through this series against this rock solid Denver team. Prediction: Nuggets in Five Games
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Matt Williams wants Bryce Harper to stop getting ejected

Five most underrated players in the NFL

Larry Lucchino stepping down as Red Sox CEO

Las Vegas Mob Museum to open FIFA corruption exhibit

Does NFL have a motive to settle with Tom Brady?

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Big Ten coaches opposed to 9-game conference schedule

Winners and losers of the 2015 MLB trade deadline

Hill arrested for reckless driving, clocked going 107 mph

Diamondbacks GM: Padres wanted Goldschmidt for Kimbrel

'Rowdy' Roddy Piper dead at 61

Mets acquire Yoenis Cespedes from Tigers

Blount won't talk about reported failed conditioning test

Greg Hardy helps pay Cowboys fans to fly anti-Eagles banner

Report: 7-foot Aussie center to join Kentucky's 2015 class

Eagles trade CB Brandon Boykin to Steelers

Jack Del Rio: Crabtree ‘stood out’ at first Raiders camp practice

Browns owner: ‘We haven’t given up on Johnny Manziel’

Junior Seau’s daughter will speak at Hall of Fame induction

Golden State Warriors: the rich get richer

NFL, Brady could settle to avoid appeal documents going public

Miguel Herrera apologizes for costly Philly airport fight

Russell Wilson contract $60 million guaranteed? Not so fast

Bernard Pollard backs Tom Brady, disagrees with suspension

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Five most underrated players in the NFL

Five potential NFL salary cap casualties this preseason

Winners and losers of the 2015 MLB trade deadline

Pirates do Pirates at deadline: Neat little moves

Mets acquire Cespedes from Tigers

Ranking the NFL’s 32 head coaches

Five worst baseball trades since 2000

Examining the state of the NFL

Puig: Broke out of slump by playing baseball video games

Braves dump risk, exchange it for risk

David Price traded to Blue Jays

The indefensible Hulk Hogan

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker