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Game Preview: Warriors at Knicks - 2/26/18
The Warriors begin a three-game road trip in New York against the Knicks on Monday.
The Warriors will take their two-game winning streak on the road when they travel to New York to take on the Knicks in the first game of a three-game East Coast road trip on Monday night. This will be the second and final matchup between the two teams this season, after Golden State prevailed 123-112 in their first encounter back on January 23rd. Tipoff is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. (Pacific). Watch the action on NBC Sports Bay Area and NBA TV, or listen to Tim Roye with the call on 95.7 The Game, the Warriors Mobile App and the Warriors Radio Network.
LAST TIME OUT
Golden State dominated the second half on their way to a 112-80 victory over the Thunder on Saturday night. Full Recap
MATCHUP AT A GLANCE
|2nd in West||11th in East|
|PTS: 116.1 (1st)||PTS: 104.1 (20th)|
|REB: 44.3 (11th)||REB: 44.3 (9th)|
|AST: 30.6 (1st)||AST: 22.8 (14th)|
GSW: Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and JaVale McGee
NYK: Emmanuel Mudiay, Courtney Lee, Tim Hardaway Jr., Michael Beasley and Enes Kanter
INJURY & ROSTER NOTES
GSW: Patrick McCaw (sprained left thumb) missed the last three games; Jordan Bell (left ankle inflammation) has missed last 14 games due to the injury suffered on 1/17. Team Notes
NYK: Ron Baker (right shoulder surgery) and Kristaps Porzingis (torn left ACL) are out. Joakim Noah (personal reasons) is not with team. Team Notes
The Warriors have struggled to get three-point shooting from their bench this season, but that certainly wasn’t the case against the Thunder on Saturday night, as Golden State’s reserves shot 7-of-9 from beyond the arc. Nick Young led the way by making four of his five three-point attempts, including a buzzer-beating trey at the end of the third quarter that swayed the momentum heavily in favor of the Dubs. Andre Iguodala converted the only three-pointer he attempted, while Quinn Cook was a perfect 2-of-2 from three-point range in finishing out the final quarter of the victory. Only three teams in the league average more three-pointers per game than the Warriors’ 11.8 as it is, but any increased output the bench can provide would be a welcome addition.
|PTS: Curry (26.8)||PTS: Porzingis (22.7)|
|REB: Green (7.9)||REB: Kanter (10.7)|
|AST: Green (7.3)||AST: Jack (5.8)|
NEW YORK SCOUTING REPORT
The Knicks haven’t made the playoffs since 2013, and it doesn’t appear they’ll be ending their postseason drought anytime soon. With a record of 24-37 entering Monday’s matchup with Golden State, the Knicks currently sit in 11th place in the Eastern Conference, 7.5 games behind Miami for the final playoff spot. They’ve lost nine of their last 10 games, and their only victory in that span came in Orlando against the 18-41 Magic. Their recent down spell has coincided with the absence of Kristaps Porzingis, who tore his ACL on February 6 and will miss the remainder of the season. New York ranks dead last in the NBA with an average of only 7.8 made three-pointers per game and haven’t made double-digit threes in any contest since January 30. Golden State, on the other hand, has made at least 11 three-pointers in each of their last six games, including 17 converted threes in Saturday’s win over Oklahoma City. If the Warriors can generate that kind of advantage from beyond the arc on Monday, it could be a long day for the Knicks.