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Game Preview: Warriors at Thunder - 3/20/17
The Warriors play the first of two road games in two nights when they take on the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday.
BEGINNING OF A BACK-TO-BACK
Coming off an undefeated three-game homestand, the Warriors head out on the road for two games in two nights, beginning with a matchup against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday. This will be the fourth and final meeting between the two teams, after Golden State swept their previous three encounters. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. Watch the action on TNT, or listen to the call on 95.7 The Game, or the Warriors Radio Network.
LAST TIME OUT
The Warriors closed out an undefeated homestand with a 117-92 victory over the visiting Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night. Full Recap
MATCHUP AT A GLANCE
1st in West
116.2 PPG (1st)
44.6 RPG (T-6th)
30.3 APG (1st)
6th in West
106.9 PPG (10th)
46.2 RPG (2nd)
21.1 APG (25th)
GSW: Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Patrick McCaw, Draymond Green and Zaza Pachulia
OKC: Russell Westbrook, Victor Oladipo, Andre Roberson, Taj Gibson and Steven Adams
It turns out that even the best shooters in the world are susceptible to the occasional slump, but from the look of the past few games, it appears Stephen Curry may be working his way out of one. Over the course of Golden State’s recently completed homestand, Curry averaged 27.3 points, 3.7 rebounds and 6.0 assists per game in just 31.9 minutes per contest, but even more encouraging than the raw numbers was the efficiency with which they were attained. Curry shot 49.0 percent from the field, 46.4 percent from three-point range and a perfect 100 percent from the free-throw line over those three games, his best individual stretch since Kevin Durant went down with a knee injury. Curry’s play seemed to improve as the homestand wore on, and with only 13 games remaining in the regular season, the Warriors are hopeful he can carry that hot streak into this road trip and beyond.
PTS: Durant (25.3)
REB: Durant (8.2)
AST: Green (7.2)
PTS: Westbrook (31.7)
REB: Westbrook (10.5)
AST: Westbrook (10.3)
OKLAHOMA CITY SCOUTING REPORT
The playoff picture in the West changes on a daily basis, but barring a disaster, the Thunder are likely to make the postseason for the seventh time in the last eight years. At 40-29, Oklahoma City currently occupies the sixth seed in the Western Conference, a half-game behind the Clippers and a half-game ahead of Memphis, respectively. Russell Westbrook remains one of the league’s leading MVP candidates, due largely to the fact that he’s on pace to become the first player since Oscar Robertson in 1961-62 to average a triple-double over the course of a full season. The Thunder are currently playing as well as any team in the NBA, having won their last five games heading into their matchup with the Warriors on Monday. Golden State has won all three prior meetings between the two teams this season, meaning Monday presents Oklahoma City’s last chance to defeat the Dubs prior to a potential playoff series.