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Game Preview: Warriors vs. Kings - 2/15/17

FINAL ONE BEFORE THE BREAK
The Warriors play their final game before the All-Star break when they host the visiting Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night. This will be the third of four matchups between the teams this season after the two sides split their first two encounters. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Watch the action on CSN Bay Area and NBA League Pass*, or listen to the call on 95.7 The Game on the Warriors Radio Network.

*Only available outside of the Bay Area

LAST TIME OUT
The Warriors couldn't overcome a record-tying three-point performance by the Nuggets in Denver on Monday night. Full Recap

MATCHUP AT A GLANCE

GSW
46-9
1st in West
118.4 PPG (1st)
44.5 RPG (6th)
31.0 APG (1st)

SAC
24-32
9th in West
103.3 PPG (22nd)
40.8 RPG (29th)
22.6 APG (T-12th)

PROJECTED STARTERS
GSW: Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and JaVale McGee
SAC: Darren Collison, Ben McLemore, Arron Afflalo, DeMarcus Cousins and Kosta Koufos

INJURY & ROSTER NOTES
GSW: Klay Thompson (sore right arch) is questionable. Zaza Pachulia (right rotator cuff strain) and David West (non-displaced fracture, left thumb) are out. Team Notes
SAC: Ty Lawson (left adductor magnus strain) is questionable. Omri Casspi (right plantaris tendon strain), Rudy Gay (torn left achilles) and Garrett Temple (partial tear of left hamstring) are out. Team Notes

SILVER LININGS
It happens. Sometimes it just isn’t your night, and that was certainly the case for the Warriors on Monday. The Nuggets put forth a record-tying shooting performance, and the Dubs couldn’t keep up. It wasn’t all bad, though. Down big late in the third quarter, Steve Kerr turned to his reserves to finish out the contest, and they performed admirably. They trimmed a 22-point deficit down to single digits within the opening five minutes of the final frame, and displayed a competitiveness and fight that was lacking earlier in the night. Patrick McCaw scored 12 of his career-high 19 points in the fourth quarter, Ian Clark added six of his 18, and Briante Weber showed off his defensive tenacity, forcing multiple turnovers. It’s a tremendous sign to see the younger players toward the bottom of the roster play well when given a chance, and it bodes well for both this season and beyond as those opportunities become more bountiful.

TEAM LEADERS

GSW
PTS: Durant (25.8)
REB: Green (8.3)
AST: Green (7.4)

SAC
PTS: Cousins (28.1)
REB: Cousins (10.7)
AST: Cousins (4.8)

SACRAMENTO SCOUTING REPORT
The Warriors are quite familiar with the obstacles posed by the Kings, having lost to them in Sacramento back on February 4th. The Kings, currently sitting at 24-32 on the season, sit at ninth in the West, 1.5 games behind Denver for the final playoff spot in the conference. If they were able to snatch that final spot through the remainder of the regular season, there’s a decent likelihood they’d play Golden State in the first round, meaning Wednesday’s game is a potential playoff preview. They’ve won five of their last six games, a stretch that began with that victory over the Warriors, but there are a few things working against them ahead of Wednesday’s matchup. First, the Kings played the Lakers in Los Angeles on Tuesday. Then there is the matter of the Warriors’ active NBA-record streak of 141 consecutive regular season games without back-to-back losses. Also, only one team in the league has managed to defeat Golden State two-or-more times in the same season dating back to the start of the ’15-’16 campaign, and that would be Memphis earlier this year. All that goes out the window when the ball goes up in the air, however, meaning Golden State better not take them lightly if the Dubs hope to finish off their pre-All-Star break portion of the schedule on a winning note.

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