Having a player of Shaun Livingston's caliber available off the bench to back up Stephen Curry is a huge plus for the Warriors, but it doesn't do much for Fantasy owners. Livingston has shown in stretches he can be a useful contributor, but he isn't likely to get enough minutes to prove it behind Curry. He has little appeal beyond deeper category-based leagues as long as Curry is healthy.
Livingston scored four points (2-7 FG) and added three rebounds and one assist across 21 minutes during Monday's 108-102 Game 1 loss to the Thunder. Livingston has come off the bench during the Warriors' last two postseason games with Stephen Curry (knee) returning to the court. Unsurprisingly, the move to the second unit has resulted in a drop in minutes and production for Livingston, who is now averaging 10.5 points, 4.3 assists and 3.4 rebounds across 24.8 minutes in 11 games during the playoffs.
Livingston played just 12 minutes and finished with four points (2-5 FG), three rebounds, one assist, and one steal before being ejected in Monday's Game 4 win against the Trail Blazers. Livingston's run as a viable value pick in Playoff DFS formats is likely finished, as the veteran guard lost his cool and got tossed with 1:52 left in the first half. He's lucky Steph Curry caught fire while testing his right knee Monday night, otherwise his ejection could have had serious implications for this semifinal series. Head coach Steve Kerr will most likely return to his standard rotation if Curry is good to go for Game 5, leaving the steady backup to his usual 15 or 20 minutes of action.
Livingston produced five points (2-4 FG, 1-1 FT), 10 assists and three rebounds over 25 minutes in Saturday's 120-108 Game 3 seminfinal round loss to the Trail Blazers. With Draymond Green and Klay Thompson taking 51 shots between them, Livingston's shot attempts reached in a new low during his currrent string of starts in place of Stephen Curry (ankle). The veteran guard had taken no less than eight shots in any of the Warriors' prior postseason games, but played the role of facilitator to this talented teammates Saturday. It was the 30-year-old's first game with double-digit assist totals in the playoffs, and his third with single-digit scoring. Livingston will head back to a reserve role as soon as Game 4 if Curry's increasingly probable return for that contest comes to fruition.
Livingston recorded 16 points (7-8 FG, 2-2 FT), three rebounds, and three assists in 28 minutes during the Warriors' 114-81 win against the Rockets in Wednesday's Game 5. Livingston filled in well once again for the injured Stephen Curry (knee), and the Warriors walloped the Rockets to move on to round two. Through five games in the first round, Livingston averaged 13.2 points (on 59 percent from the field) to go with 4.8 assists, 3.6 rebounds, and 1.2 steals in 27 minutes. Livingston is likely to start at least a game or two in the second round while Curry continues to recover, which will likely make him a solid DFS option whenever the next series arrives.
Livingston filled in for Stephen Curry (ankle) for a second straight game, tallying 16 points (6-13 FG, 4-4 FT), five rebounds, three assists and three steals over 30 minutes in Thursday's 101-85 Game 3 loss to the Rockets. The veteran guard made a key defensive play late in the game that could have led to a Warriors win, stealing a pass from Trevor Ariza that led to an Ian Clark layup that put Golden State up 96-95 with 10.6 seconds remaining. Although James Harden's subsequent heroics essentially nullified that play, Livingston put together a second consecutive solid effort in Curry's absence. He was able to match his Game 2 scoring total, and although his assists saw a slight dip, the 30-year-old was more active on the glass Thursday and also played his typically solid defense. Even with Curry expected back for Game 4 on Sunday, Livingston will undoubtedly continue serving as an integral part of the second unit.
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