With Stephen Curry expected to miss the first round of the 2018 NBA playoffs, the Golden State Warriors had to make an unexpected decision. In order to create a roster spot for Quinn Cook, the defending champions were forced to waive Omri Casspi, who reportedly turned down more money and minutes with the Brooklyn Nets.
As Cook will be the team’s starting point guard, he is averaging 15.1 points (50.5 percent from the field and 48.1 percent from the three-point line), 3.4 rebounds, and 4.2 assists in 16 starts. With the 25-year-old playing extremely well during Curry’s absence, Draymond Green is ‘very comfortable’ about the situation according to Melissa Rohlin of The Mercury News:
“We feel very comfortable going into these playoffs with him as the starting point guard,” Green said. “We’re good.”
Green revealed how Cook’s poor performance against the Minnesota Timberwolves changed his mindset:
“In that game, shots weren’t really falling for him but I thought he was playing amazing,” Green said. “Then after that, when the shots start falling and the numbers start piling up — It’s good for him. It’s great for us.”
With the playoffs being a completely different animal, it will be interesting to see how Cook performs. However, he will have plenty of help with Shaun Livingston backing him up and Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, and Green all returning from their injuries recently.
As it currently stands, Golden State will face the Oklahoma City Thunder, which would be a highly-anticipated first round matchup. However, only 1.5 games separate the Utah Jazz (fourth spot) from the Denver Nuggets (ninth spot) in the wild Western Conference.
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