The Warriors have a proven Big Three in Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green, and that’s a big reason why they’re playoff veterans. However, there is a staggering number that shows how dominant Golden State’s Big Three is when they all play together in the postseason.
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When Curry, Thompson, and Green all play every game of an NBA playoff series, the Warriors have never lost. If you’re keeping score at home, the Dubs have now won 14 consecutive playoff series with their core players all starting.
In Game 1 of the Warriors’ first playoff series against the Denver Nuggets, Curry sat on the bench, so he won’t get to add to that amount in this series. However, if the Warriors advance, there will be plenty of postseason remaining.
During an interview with Kelenna Azubuike of NBC Sports Bay Area for the “Decade in the Bay” series, the Warriors’ dynastic three discussed what it is about working together that has led to their success. Put simply, “we’re just some dogs,” Curry said.
Me and Klay are fierce competitors and great friends, while Draymond is the team’s undisputed emotional centre. Getting the win is crucial. The killer instinct is present in all of us, I believe; we simply show it in different ways.
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Furthermore, we have each identified our own particular abilities and combined them. You could say that this recipe is “quite, fairly good.” It’s no secret that the Big Three from the Bay Area have combined to win three NBA championships in the last decade.
In 2015, the Warriors began their historic 14-0 run by going 4-0 in playoff series with the core starting every game. In the 2016 Western Conference Finals, Steph, Klay, and Green only appeared in the opening lineup for every game that Golden State and the Oklahoma City Thunder played.
During the 2017 championship run, the trio started every game and helped the Warriors win four more series. In the 2018 and 2019 playoffs, they helped the Warriors win two and three more series, respectively.
How then do Curry, Thompson, and Green perform when the heat is on?
Thompson Assured Azubuike That They Could Always Rely on Each Other.
“I play off Steph, Steph plays off Draymond,” Thompson explained. When it comes to defence, I feel like I have a great rapport with Draymond. I may not be great with the ball, but Steph is a master at it. While Steph may have problems with protecting larger wings, I am an expert wing guard.
Also, Draymond isn’t the best scorer, but he’s one of the finest playmakers, and he’s taken both my game and Steph’s to the next level. That’s what separates the good from the great among the Big Three. The most successful trio in NBA history, they still manage to elevate one another.
Green, Thompson, and Curry have great chemistry because they all know they contributed to the Warriors’ success. I believe [we are successful] because we constructed it jointly,” he said to Azubuike. And remember, when you’re working together on a project, you can always return to the basics.
If you need to get back to basics, you can always draw on your past learning. When it comes to playing off each other’s strengths, I believe we’ve done it better than anyone else in the league, and that the Xs and Os side of things is a match made in heaven.
To paraphrase, “The way we use each other, the way we know this is his strong suit, not so strong here, but I’m really powerful here…” A lot of potential flaws are hidden when two people can play off of one other’s strengths.
On Monday night, the Warriors will travel to Denver to take on the Nuggets in Game 2 of the NBA playoffs’ first round. Whether or not the Warriors can extend their perfect record to 14-0 in this series remains to be seen.
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Curry isn’t in a rush to regain his starting job because he’s seen Thompson and Green come back from injury this season and establish their rhythm in time for the playoffs.
If the Warriors make it to the Western Conference Semifinals with Curry back in the starting lineup, their perfect record when opening playoff series together will be put to the test. But if there is one thing that Dub Nation has learned from the past, it’s that the Warriors’ core should never be written off.