In the NBA Playoffs, Teams Quick To Tinker With Lineups

In the NBA Playoffs, Teams Quick To Tinker With Lineups
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) goes to the basket over New Orleans Pelicans guard Rajon Rondo (9) in the second half of Game 4 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series in New Orleans, Sunday, May 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

The “Death Lineup” breathed new life into the Golden State Warriors.

It was yet another reminder: In the NBA playoffs, where even a brief downward slide can be enough to end a season, even the best teams won’t hesitate when they feel a need to shake up their starting lineups.

Desperate times in the first round sent Cleveland to desperate lineup measures. Toronto, the team that finished with the NBA’s second-best regular season record, sought a spark by changing its starting five against the Cavs for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. Utah showed Houston a new look Sunday in Game 4 of their West semifinal matchup, and while the Jazz slowed the high-powered Rockets at times they still fell into a 3-1 series deficit. READ MORE>