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Game Preview: Warriors vs. Spurs - 3/8/18

Golden State’s brief two-game homestand concludes when the Warriors host the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday night. This will be the third of four matchups between the two teams this season, after Golden State prevailed in each of their first two encounters. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m., and all fans in attendance will receive a ‘Go Green’ t-shirt, courtesy of BMW. Watch the action on TNT, or listen to the call on 95.7 The Game, the Warriors Mobile App and the Warriors Radio Network. FIND TICKETS

In earning a 114-101 victory over the Nets on Tuesday night, the Warriors clinched their fifth-straight 50-win season. Full Recap


50-14 37-27
2nd in West 5th in West
PTS: 116 (1st) PTS: 102.3 (27th)
REB: 43.9 (15th) REB: 44.3 (9th)
AST: 30.5 (1st) AST: 22.8 (14th)

GSW: Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and JaVale McGee
SAS: Dejounte Murray, Patty Mills, Kyle Anderson, LaMarcus Aldridge and Pau Gasol

GSW: David West (right arm cyst) is doubtful. Andre Iguodala (left wrist sprain), Jordan Bell (right ankle sprain) and Patrick McCaw (non-displaced fracture, left wrist) are out. Team Notes
SAS: Pau Gasol (right AC sprain) and Kawhi Leonard (return from injury management) are out.Team Notes

Tuesday’s win over the Nets was a prime example of the momentous nature of NBA games. The Warriors stumbled out of the gates, allowing Brooklyn to double their score five minutes into the contest. Then, Golden State responded with a 29-2 run, including a stretch in which they scored 25-straight points, the longest run with no points allowed in the Steve Kerr era. However, the Nets then answered right back with a 20-2 run of their own, and even took a five-point lead into halftime. While a 25-0 run is wildly impressive, it doesn’t have the demoralizing effect it should if the opposition flips the script, particularly right away in response. Clearly there’s a lot that the Warriors are doing well, but they could stand to benefit by stepping on the throat of the opposition whenever an opportunity presents itself.


PTS: Curry (26.8) PTS: Aldridge (22.2)
REB: Green (7.7) REB: Gasol (8.4)
AST: Green (7.4) AST: Parker (3.7)

The Spurs have won at least 50 games in each of the last 18 seasons (establishing an NBA record), but they’ve got their work cut out for them if they intend to extend that streak another year. With a record of 37-27, San Antonio is right in the thick of the Western Conference playoff race, but by no means are they certain to make the postseason. They’re currently 1.5 games behind Portland in third, but only 2.5 games ahead of Utah in 10th. The Spurs are currently in the midst of one of their worst stretches in years, having gone 3-8 since the beginning of February, but are coming off a narrow 100-98 home victory over the Grizzlies on Monday. Kawhi Leonard remains out with a quad injury and has appeared in only nine games this season, placing a heavier scoring burden on LaMarcus Aldridge, who leads San Antonio with an average of 22.2 points per contest. Golden State has won the previous two games against the Spurs this season by an average of 18.5 points per game, and while San Antonio will always have the aura of a sleeping giant, it’s not the worst time for the Dubs to be going for the outright season series victory.

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