Warriors find some footing in blowout of Spurs – The Athletic

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The recent comebacks against the Clippers and Lakers invigorated a wavering Warriors team. They halted losing streaks and settled early-season nerves. They were fueled by Steph Curry and an odd small-ball second unit dragging them back into games. It’s why the Warriors stood a steady 7-6 heading into Wednesday night.

But for them to gain consistent traction this season, to gather firm playoff footing in the middle of a crowded conference, their highest-usage unit either needs to be better or rearranged. They were better in the 121-99 win over the Spurs.

Steve Kerr, for now, has committed to keeping it the same: Curry, Kelly Oubre Jr., Andrew Wiggins, Draymond Green, James Wiseman, a five-man grouping who entered the night a cumulative minus-45 in 126 minutes together, the league’s worst starting lineup. Contenders kill teams to open most games. Playoff teams are at least stable to open the third and fourth on most nights.

The Warriors consider…

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