The Warriors went into free agency last summer hoping to revamp their second unit, but some were disappointed they only came away with Shaun Livingston, Leandro Barbosa and Brandon Rush. Well, now we know Bob Myers and his staff did an excellent job with limited cap space. The Warriors have one of the deepest teams in the NBA and that’s because of the additions that were made this summer.
Livingston’s recovery from toe surgery took a little longer than expected, so it took him a little while to get into a good rhythm. He got the last two games off after slumping a bit, but according to Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle, Livingston will be back against the Thunder:
Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said Shaun Livingston will play Friday at OKC and “will bring a lot of energy.”
— Rusty Simmons (@Rusty_SFChron) January 15, 2015
Livingston has been playing good basketball this season. The Warriors don’t need him to carry the scoring load, they need Livingston to lead the second unit while the starters get some rest. The second unit includes Andre Iguodala and David Lee, so Livingston has to get the ball moving and continue the intensity on the defensive end.
The Thunder need to get some wins to get back in the playoff picture and they’ve recently lost twice to the Dubs. The Warriors are on another winning streak, but the Blazers right on their tail, so they need to keep adding the wins.