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Zaza Pachulia and Stephen Curry.

Watch: Stephen Curry uses Zaza Pachulia's head as a wall on drive

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Zaza Pachulia is clearly the most offensively deficient member of the Golden State Warriors regular lineup.

Players such as Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson all bring unique and distinct skill sets to the table on that end of the court.

It's probably the case that Zaza feels like he's just standing out there taking up space.

How useless is Zaza?

Well, check out this stat, which is incredible when you consider that Zaza started all 70 regular season games he played in this season and was getting 18.1 minutes per night.

However, during Wednesday's 110-81 Game 2 victory against the Portland Trail Blazers, Curry found a great use for Pachulia on the offensive end.

That's right, Pachulia, the 14-year NBA veteran, is basically being used as a backboard for his more talented teammates.

In the video, you can see Curry give up his dribble and (probably) attempt a pass to Zaza. It (accidently... probably...) hit Pachulia's head and bounced right back to Curry, who was fouled as he then attempted a shot in the lane.

But being a human wall for his teammates wasn't the full story for Zaza on Wednesday, as the Warriors took a 2-0 series lead even without Durant.

Pachulia had 10 points in 17 minutes on 5-of-8 shooting from the field. He had four rebounds and was a plus-13 player for his time on the court.

Portland Trail Blazers v Golden State Warriors - Game Two

His scoring output was much better than his 6.1 points-per-game average from the season, where he also averaged 5.9 rebounds per game.

All year long, Zaza was efficient for coach Steve Kerr's team, making field goals at a .534 rate, the only time in his career that he shot over 50 percent from the field for a season.

Pachulia even had a couple scoring "outbursts" this season for the Warriors, scoring in double-figures in four straight games during a stretch right after New Year's Day (Golden State was 3-1 in that run), and getting double figures in three out of four games in a run that started in late February.

Golden State Warriors v Washington Wizards

The latter run also included a 16-point effort in a win against the Philadelphia 76ers, which was Zaza's season high.

Overall, Zaza was more of a scoring threat in 2017 than he was in 2016, averaging 7.1 points per game after the calendar turned and just 4.7 points during the 2016 portion of the schedule.

He doesn't have to score much for the Warriors to continue being an offensive juggernaut.

But Pachulia needs to find ways to contribute, even if it is as a human wall.

Topics:
Golden State Warriors
Pacific Division
Western Conference
NBA
Stephen Curry
Draymond Green
NBA Playoffs
Klay Thompson
Kevin Durant
Oklahoma City Thunder
Northwest Division

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