LAST TIME OUT
The Warriors led from start to finish and cruised to a 111-87 win over the visiting Mavericks on Saturday night at Oracle Arena. Nate Robinson came off the bench and loaded up 21 points, five rebounds and three steals to lead the Warriors’ bench over the Mavericks’ 48-29. Monta Ellis scored 15 of his 20 points in the third quarter and also tallied eight assists on the night. David Lee had another big night with game-highs of 25 points and nine rebounds. FULL GAME RECAP
WARRIORS VS. CLIPPERS
Sunday's matchup will be third of four meetings this season between the Warriors and Clippers, and the first in Los Angeles. The teams have split the first two games, with the Warriors posting a 104-97 victory on February 20 in Oakland. The Clippers, currently with the third-best record in the Western Conference, will be playing their first home game after they completed their 3-3 road trip with a win in San Antonio on Friday. The Warriors, meanwhile, will be looking to build on the momentum created in Saturday's win over the defending NBA champs.
A team playing the back end of a back-to-back on the road is generally at a disadvantage, but the Warriors have held their own by going 3-2 in that scenario this season. Overall, Golden State has gone 5-3 when playing the back end of a back-to-back. Maintaining that toughness and resiliency will be important for the Warriors for the remainder of the season, as they will play on consecutive days 11 more times this season, beginning with Sunday's game against the Clippers.
Stephen Curry suffered a mild sprain to his right ankle in the third quarter of the Warriors' win over the Mavericks. Curry didn't return to action, but Head Coach Mark Jackson said that his starting point guard could have played had it been a closer contest.“He tweaked his ankle and we’ll see how it is," Jackson said. "He was able to go back in the game, fortunately for us we had a cushion and decided to make sure – we didn’t need him the rest of the night.”
THE DUB-STITUTES ROLL ON
Keep an eye on the Warriors' bench production in this game. The Dub-Stitutes have significantly improved upon last year's bench numbers, averaging 8.1 more points per game than the team's reserves last season. Depth is always at a premium when playing on consecutive days, and the Warriors can certainly get a big lift should they receive another performance like Nate Robinson's 21-point effort on Saturday night.
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