• Warriors head coach Steve Kerr has been using a new substitution pattern that applies changes in Stephen Curry's playing time
  • Curry has opened up about the new rotation strategy
  • Kerr believes that the new plan has been working just fine so far

The Golden State Warriors are still mixing and matching things up with their rotation, and Steph Curry is no exception.

For years under Warriors head coach Steve Kerr, Curry has played the entire first and third quarters and sat out the first six minutes of the second and fourth quarters. However, the new rotation plan is to take Curry out in the middle of each quarter of the game for a few minutes in order to keep him fresh for the final minutes of the game, according to Kerr.

In the new strategy, Curry could play the entire fourth quarter, and he already did so during the Warriors’ 104-89 comeback win against the Cleveland Cavaliers Thursday. So far, Kerr’s approach seems to be working just fine, but the two-time NBA scoring champ admitted that he’s still adjusting to the changes.

"Yes and no," Curry told reporters postgame when asked if he was embracing the new pattern. "[I’m] just trying to understand that this is how it is now and trying to be efficient when I am out there."

"At the end of the third quarter, we didn't have a lot of momentum, and at the start of the fourth, coach [Kerr] was like, 'You know, if you do get it going we are able to make the adjustment and keep you out there,'" he continued. "I just try to understand that is the rotation for right now and just be locked in on how I can be efficient."

Kerr, on the other hand, concluded that his new rotation substitution pattern was “working well” for the Warriors even before Curry’s full-fourth quarter game against the Cavs.

"[Curry’s] gotten used to it, and what I like about it is that it allows him to start and finish every quarter," Kerr told reporters Wednesday. “Starting every quarter is important too. Starting the second and fourth, I think is really good for this particular group that we have. I think it's working well so far.”

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Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors moves against Zach LaVine #8 of the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on October 29, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

The Warriors are currently stacked with a wide array of versatile players, especially in the backcourt. Atop that, Klay Thompson, who has already started playing 5-on-5 games during team practices, is also making his return soon.

All told, Curry is aware that coach Kerr would need to devise a system where he can utilize all the talent his Warriors squad has.

“That is a great problem to have,” Curry previously said of the Warriors having many options. “But that is the challenge of what we have in terms of balancing how many guys you can throw out there every single night and creating a solid rotation that's going to help us win a championship, so that's the secret sauce, right now."