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The Warriors completed a 4-0 season-series sweep against the Sacramento Kings on Friday night with a 102-69 win at Oracle Arena. The Warriors dominated in nearly every statistic, leading by as many as 42. Seven players scored in in double figures for Golden State with Klay Thompson leading the way with 21 points in 24 minutes. Draymond Green logged his third career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds to go with four assists, two steals and two blocks in his eighth start of the season, while Marreese Speights posted his first double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds off the bench. With the win, the Warriors have swept the Kings (4-0) for the first time since the 1991-92 season and have swept their Pacific Division home slate (8-0) for the first time in franchise history. The Warriors will now have one day off before hosting the Jazz on Sunday.
Mark Jackson
On tonight's game:
“You look at the games ahead of you and this was a game that we had to go get. At times this year we haven’t beaten teams that we have should’ve beaten in our building. Some of those are our fault some of those just give them credit because those teams that we talk about are playoff teams. We understood what we had to do tonight and the guys deserve a lot of credit. I thought it was important of the fashion in which we did it because guys were able to get rest. Guys like Andre (Iguodala) got his rest and it was good to see him make shots. We are going to need him and I believe in him. Just good to see him get it going a little bit.”
On DeMarcus Cousins being in foul trouble early:
“He’s their best player and a handful to try and defend. I’m not going to sit here and tell you that won us the ballgame. He has an impact on them and the way that they play just his presence alone. He’s a star player in this league, but our mindset was different. It was important for us to go get this game especially when you think about what is going around the league in this Western Conference race. We took care of business and I’m happy for my guys.”
On Andre Iguodala's impact on the floor tonight:
“I just know that he played great defense on Rudy Gay who has been a handful for a lot of players in this league for a while now and then just making plays. It’s about keeping him healthy now. There’s no secret about the impact that he has on our basketball team and how much he makes us better.”
On Harrison Barnes:
“We need him. I’m going to stay with him. I’ve got confidence in him. He’s a great guy that works his tail off and he cares. I know he’s going to win games for us down the road. It’s great to see him making shots. We are going to need him. He’s valuable to us. He’s a weapon off the bench, another big time defender, and he’s proven that he’s not afraid of the bright lights. It’s great to see him make shots tonight.”
On if the playoff seeding matters to him:
“I think when it is all said and done we will know whether it mattered or not, but our mindset is to win ballgames. Our mindset is to be playing the best basketball possible to close out the season, to win ballgames and then let the chips fall where they may. Whatever seed we are, we’re going to be playing against a very good basketball team whoever it is. We want to take care of our business first.”
On Klay Thompson's expanded offensive game:
“I think the obvious thing is that he’s putting the ball on the floor and attacking. That’s what happens when you stay true to the process. That was something that he couldn’t do or wasn’t comfortable doing when he got into this league. This was another guy that cares, works his tail off and has added to his game since he got here. It’s scary how good he is and how good he can be just adding that to his game. He’s off the charts. He’s a big time, big time basketball player and I think people are going to appreciate who he is and what he brings to the table even more so as the lights get brighter.”
Stephen Curry
On paying attention to other teams' games:
“We understand what’s going on around us. Obviously we’re ahead of the game and understand if we play the way we’re supposed to we don’t need anybody else’s help. You watch games and understand who’s playing well, who won, who lost, that kind of deal. At the end of the day we have to take care of our business and that’s the only thing you really should be focused on but obviously be aware of what other teams are doing.”
On potentially obtaining a higher seed:
“It means we’re playing good basketball. We have to win to get there, it’s not going to just fall into our laps, so that means we’re playing good basketball down the stretch and into the playoffs.”
Marreese Speights
On rebounding with a win after a loss:
“It was a real big win for us coming off that loss in San Antonio. We had to come back home and bounce back so it feels good to win at home like this.”
On getting a win with two key players out:
“We knew we had to be locked in the past couple of games because we’ve got two key players out. All these games matter so we wanted to come out here tonight and try to play defense and score the ball like we do.”
Draymond Green
On going undefeated at home in division games this season:
“It says a lot. One thing we said is we’re going to protect home court. We haven’t done a great job of that this year but we also said that we need to win division games. Those are very important games. To go undefeated at home in the division is great and also to get a win like tonight, against a team with some very good players on that team. They can get it going and if they get it going you’ve got a problem on their hands. It’s a great win for us.”
On getting a win without the starting big men:
“One thing we always said is the next man up mentality. We’re not going to make excuses—we’re a no excuse basketball team. For two guys to be out and us to put up a win like that, especially when you’ve got a team with a DeMarcus Cousins who can dominate a basketball game, with a lot of bigs, and they try to play through those bigs—to be able to do that with our two starting bigs out was pretty impressive.”
On having a favorable schedule the rest of the season:
“We’ve got, I think, our next four very winnable games and games that we should win. It’s great to get off to a start like this with the games that we said that are games you have to have. Especially at this point in the season, those are games that you need to have and it’s good to get off to a good start tonight.”
NORCAL NEIGHBORS
Friday’s contest will be the fourth and final matchup between the Warriors and Kings this season. Golden State won all three previous encounters, and is looking for their first season sweep of Sacramento since the 1991-92 season. It’s always a tough battle when these two Northern California rivals get together, but with the Warriors in the thick of a playoff race, and the Kings looking to play spoiler, expect this game to have a little extra juice. BUY TICKETS
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The Golden State Warriors and Oakland A’s will host concurrent home games at Oracle Arena and O.co Coliseum, respectively, on Friday night. Fans are encouraged to take BART to avoid traffic delays. If driving, travelers should expect traffic delays, especially around the start of the games and during regular, heavy Friday night traffic. Parking lots open at 3 p.m. and are expected to fill quickly, so fans are encouraged to arrive as early as possible. MORE INFORMATION
LAST TIME OUT
Playing on the back end of a back-to-back against the hottest team in the NBA proved to be a lethal combination for the Warriors in Wednesday’s 111-90 loss in San Antonio. The Dubs fell behind big early and played with a double-digit deficit for the majority of the game. Marreese Speights had a team-high 22 points off the bench, Jordan Crawford had 16 points and Klay Thompson tallied 15 on a night that saw the Warriors play without the services of Andrew Bogut, Andre Iguodala and David Lee. The Warriors will now have a much needed day off before returning to action on Friday when they host the Kings. GAME RECAP
PROTECTING WARRIORS GROUND
With just under two weeks left in the regular season, the Warriors need every win they can get, not just to clinch a playoff berth, but also to develop a rhythm heading into the postseason. After all, teams don’t strive to make the playoffs just to say they were there; they do so with the hopes of making some noise once they get there. The Dubs made plenty of noise in last year’s playoffs, and can give themselves a good shot at doing so again by taking care of business during these last seven games, particularly those coming at home. While they have had some disappointing losses at Oracle thus far, they have done a great job against their Pacific Division counterparts. A win on Friday over the Kings would give the Warriors their first perfect home record against the Pacific in franchise history, as well as develop some home court momentum down the back stretch. If the Dubs are able to pull off both feats, it could go a long way towards a memorable postseason.
GOOD THINGS COME IN THREES
After defeating the Bucks on March 20 to achieve a three-game win streak, the Warriors have gone 2-3 over their last five games. Yes, two of those losses have come against the NBA-best Spurs during their current 19-game winning streak, and while it’s only reasonable to factor in the skill level of the opposition, the Warriors’ success, or lack thereof, has had more to do with their own performance than that of their opponent, particularly as it pertains to their three-point shooting. In the Warriors’ two victories over that span, they’ve shot a combined 24-of-51 (47.1%); in the three losses, they’ve gone 21-of-67 (31.3%). You don’t have to be a math major to see the correlation between the Dubs’ three-point accuracy and their success on the court. Blessed with the likes of the #SplashBrothers, a lack of potent outside shooters has never been a problem for Golden State. If they can catch fire over these next two weeks as we all know they’re capable of, it could prove to be the difference between stumbling and streaking into the postseason.
SACRAMENTO SCOUTING REPORT
The Kings are one of the best examples of record not being a true indicator of trajectory. Although Sacramento sits at the cellar of the Pacific Division with a 27-48 record, they have made substantial progress this season, which should bode well for the future. DeMarcus Cousins has consistently dominated all season long, and Rudy Gay has thrived since coming over in a trade with Toronto. Mix in the likes of Ben McLemore, Isaiah Thomas and Derrick Williams, and that’s a nice base of young talent to build around. Although it’s been a rough season record-wise, Sacramento always seems to get up for games against Golden State, and with very little left to play for, this contest should be no different. With the Warriors needing every win they can get these last two weeks, it would be extremely unwise to overlook a Sacramento squad that has its sights set on playing the role of spoiler.
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Injury Report
GSW: Andre Iguodala (knee) is questionable. David Lee (strained right hamstring), Andrew Bogut (pelvis/groin contusion) and Festus Ezeli (recovery from right knee surgery) are out. Nemanja Nedovic and Ogjnen Kuzmic are on assignment with the Santa Cruz Warriors of the D-League.

SAC: Isaiah Thomas (right quad contusion) and Aaron Gray (stomach illness) are questionable. Carl Landry (right knee surgery), Jason Terry (left knee rehabilitation) and Waillie Reed (d-league assignment) are out.