3. Figure out the final form of their second unit
After starting the season 0-8 away from home, the Warriors finally won their first game on the road against the Houston Rockets on Nov. 20, a 127-120 victory.
It took the Dubs more than a month to earn their first win away from Chase Center.
It took Steve Kerr something he had never tried (not too often, let alone on purpose) ever before: demoting Draymond Green to the second unit and limiting his overlapping minutes on the court with Steph Curry.
The experiment has worked for the Warriors in their most recent run of games home and away with the Dubs going 4-2 since that win against Houston (included) and splitting the four games they’ve played away from their arena in Cali.
Green has been the main man leading the Dubs’ second unit along with fellow All-Star Andrew Wiggins and a cadre of reserves. There is no need to mention how big a change this is compared to the world-renowned trio of Klay, Steph, and Dray leading the starters of the Dubs Dynasty in years past.
While this seems to be working, for now, the sample is still small and the results on the road have just been average with a 2-2 record in the past four games the Warriors are played through Wednesday since finally getting their first such win no more than two weeks ago.
The Warriors’ most-used starting lineup (Curry, Klay, Wiggins, Dray, and Looney) is currently posting a plus-23.1 point differential, the largest difference among lineups with at least 200 possessions under their belts.
Outside of the starters, though, no player on the Warriors’ roster is currently posting a positive plus-minus per 100 possessions with Moses Moody (minus-7.6) the closest to it. That has to change if the Dubs want to contend again. Throwing Green (plus-21.9) and Wiggins (plus-14.5) feels like a good first move. Only (more) time will tell if it’s the right one.