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Kerr explains why Warriors haven't adjusted starting lineup

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Steve Kerr wanted to give his team about 20 games to solidify the Warriors' rotation for the 2020-21 season. But Draymond Green was injured after missing most of training camp, forcing the Warriors to start Eric Paschall and Juan Toscano-Anderson over the first four games of the season.

With the Warriors standing 6-6 through 12 games, and the full starting lineup being available for eight of those, the Warriors' head coach isn't ready to do any additional tinkering with his first five.

"I'm not making any changes to the starting lineup, there could be changes rotationally, pairings that sort of thing, we might try some different groups together during the game, but I think the biggest thing that we've been trying to do is build our defense from the beginning," Kerr told reporters Sunday. "If you can't defend you have no chance, if you can defend then you got a chance in every game, so we're trying to put our length and athleticism out there defensively with Kelly (Oubre) and Andrew (Wiggins) and obviously James (Wiseman)."

Wiggins' defensive intensity has stood out through the early part of the season, as he's among the NBA's top 10 in blocked shots per game, and is doing what he can to live up to Kerr's elevated expectations for the former No. 1 overall pick on that end of the court.

Kerr sounds satisfied with the group's defense, but would like to see more out of the starting five as a unit on offense.

 
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"At the same time, that group, we've gotta get a better rhythm offensively, so nothing is set in stone, but I want to see us continue to improve and I'll continue to tinker with everything else," Kerr said.

The Warriors' next game will come Monday against the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers, but the team did get an extra day of preparation due to the postponement of Friday's scheduled game against the Phoenix Suns.

The combination of defending LeBron James and Anthony Davis on Monday will certainly be the toughest test the Warriors have faced this season, but don't expect Kerr to make any dramatic changes to the starting group no matter what the results are against the Lakers.

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