Friday, April 26, 2013
Karl to tweak starting lineup?
By Tom Carpenter
Per the Denver Nuggets' official Twitter feed, coach George Karl is considering using a starting lineup of Ty Lawson, Evan Fournier, Andre Iguodala, Wilson Chandler and Kenneth Faried Friday evening when they face the Golden State Warriors in Game 3 of their first-round matchup.
The small lineup is interesting, because the Nugs have been crushed by the Warriors on the glass thus far. Per ESPN Stats & Information, the Nuggets ranked fourth in the NBA during the regular season in rebound differential with a +3.4 average. In two games this series, their average rebound differential is minus-10.
Primarily, their rebounding issues have come on the offense glass. Denver led the NBA in offensive rebound percentage (percentage of available offensive rebounds recorded) during the regular season at 31.4 percent. This series, the Nuggets have posted an offensive rebound percentage of just 15.3 percent.
Perhaps Karl is simply throwing in the towel on rebounding and focusing on racking up a big score. So far, they are averaging an NBA-high 102.25 possessions per 48 minutes after averaging 97.76 possessions per 48 minutes during the regular season. Regardless, the Nuggets will have to change course when it comes to their failure on the road in the playoffs, when they head to Oakland tonight; dating back to 2009, the Nuggets have lost lost 10 of their last 11 postseason road games.