NBA playoffs: Warriors' relying on Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala as playmakers – The Mercury News

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OAKLAND – The three players are different in stature and skill level. Kevin Durant has remained one of the top NBA’s scorers. Draymond Green has become one of the NBA’s toughest defenders. And Andre Iguodala has evolved from an All-Star player to a key reserve.

Yet, Durant, Green and Iguodala all share something in common. They all operate as some of the Warriors’ most important playmakers.

That dynamic largely explains why the Warriors enter Game 2 of their first-round series against the San Antonio Spurs on Monday at Oracle Arena with a 1-0 lead. The Warriors logged a combined 32 assists, a number that exceeded the Warriors’ regular season average (30.9). And Green (11 assists), Durant (seven) and Iguodala (four) all served as the primary facilitators.

“Ball movement is hard to guard. The ball moves faster than the defense,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “If the ball is going to a guy that can make a play, we get the defense on its heels and let that guy attack. That’s been our formula.”

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Obviously, the Warriors have a better formula when Stephen Curry is healthy. The Warriors went 17-14 without Curry this season amid injuries to his right ankle and left knee, as opposed to 41-10 when Curry played. The Warriors also posted fewer assists (26.6) without Curry than they averaged with him (30.9) Those numbers do not account, however, for a key fact. Curry missed the last 10 games of the regular season because of a Grade 2 MCL sprain to his left knee, an injury that also overlapping with other ailments that kept Durant (three games), Green (two

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