PBT Extra: Warriors small ball lineup key to Game 1 win

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Throughout the playoffs, when the Warriors have needed to make a push, they went to a small lineup with Draymond Green at the five. It works for them because their defense doesn’t suffer when they add the offense, thanks in large part to Green.

That worked again in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals — the small lineup was +18 in 16 minutes and was key to the Warriors win.

The big challenge for the Rockets heading into Game 2 is what they can do to counter it — especially if Dwight Howard can’t play or is limited.