LAST TIME OUT
Klay Thompson went off for a career-high 31 points to lead the Warriors to a 111-108 victory over the visiting Kings on Saturday night. In front of a sellout crowd at Oracle Arena, the rookie shot 50 percent from the field and a perfect 7-for-7 from the line. David Lee capped off another big night with 22 points, 14 rebounds and nine assists. To top it off, Warriors Season Ticket Holder Omar Ortega knocked down a half-court shot for $10,000 in cash. FULL GAME RECAP
WARRIORS VS. TRAIL BLAZERS
The Warriors will close out a stretch of four games in five nights in five different states on Sunday when they visit the Portland Trail Blazers. It will be the third of four matchups this season between the two teams, and the first in Portland. The Warriors have split the first two games of the season series, most recently losing a 93-91 nail-biter on February 15. Golden State will look to avenge that defeat against a Portland squad that has lost five of its last seven games.
A LITTLE BIT OF OWNAGE
If you’re looking for a likely Warrior to have a big game in Portland, keep an eye on David Lee. He’s averaged 27.5 points, 8.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists against the Trail Blazers this season. His scoring average against Portland is his highest against any team that the Warriors have played more than once this season. Furthermore, he is coming off a game in which he flirted with a triple-double, finishing with 22 points, 14 rebounds and nine assists.
THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT KLAY
Klay Thompson continues to make a strong impression on Warriors nation. The rookie guard has averaged 20.1 points since assuming the starting two-guard position. He currently ranks seventh in the NBA in scoring among rookies (10.1ppg) and he had a career-high 31 points on 10-of-20 shooting against the Kings on Saturday.
GET TO KNOW THE NEW GUYS
With the recent additions of Mickell Gladness and Keith Benson, the Warriors now have six rookies under contract (Klay Thompson, Charles Jenkins, Jeremy Tyler, Chris Wright, Gladness and Tyler). Gladness has come off the bench in each of the last two games after signing a 10-day contract with the team on Thursday. Benson, meanwhile, signed a 10-day contract with the club on Saturday and played in that evening’s game against the Kings. Both players stand 6-foot-11, giving the Warriors some depth in the middle with starting center Andris Biedrins recovering from a strained right groin.
Injuries:Warriors - Nate Robinson (strained right hamstring) is to be determined. Andris Biedrins (strained right groin), Stephen Curry (mild sprain, right ankle) and Andrew Bogut (left ankle fracture) are out. Trail Blazers - Elliot Williams (left shoulder) and Shawne Williams (left foot) are out.
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