Golden State Warriors

Decision to change starting lineup pays off and more takeaways from Warriors' win over Timberwolves


Steve Kerr’s decision to change the starting lineup paid off as the Warriors got out to an early lead and led wire-to-wire in their 130-108 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves Monday night at Chase Center.


This led to inserting Looney into the starting lineup for Wiseman who, as a raw 19-year-old, had trouble defending consistently and screening effectively for Curry.


This created a lineup many fans have been clamoring to see as a potential starting group: Wiseman and the core trio with a floor spacer.


Kent Bazemore, who usually played in Mulder’s minutes, slid to the second-unit platoon that included Brad Wanamaker, Damion Lee, Oubre and Eric Paschall and helped the Warriors extend their lead by two in the second period.


Seeing as how the Warriors play the Timberwolves again on Wednesday, it’s safe to assume they’ll stick with this starting group — their fourth of the season — for a while.


Over the summer, Kerr talked with Wiggins about embracing a role predicated on using his length and athleticism to be a disruptive, energetic defender.






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