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Lakers Preview: 10 Things to Know About the Warriors
After falling to the Golden State Warriors by 15 on Thursday, the Lakers get another crack at their Pacific Division foes on Sunday.
Here is what you need to know as the Lakers and Warriors take their preseason rematch to Ontario’s Citizens Business Bank Arena:
1) Klay Thompson had a perfect opening to Thursday’s game, hitting his first five shots from the field and scoring 15 points before finally missing with five minutes left in the first half. Thompson finished the game as its leading scorer with 25 points on 9-for-13 shooting.
2) Stephen Curry loves to create his own shot, in particular a pull-up. Last season, Curry scored 197 more points on pull-ups than anybody else in the league. His per-game average of 11.1 pull-up points dwarfed Kevin Durant’s second-place 8.1 mark. Curry also led the league by making 43.7 percent of pull-up shots.
3) Last year, Curry (261) and Thompson (223) became the first pair of teammates to finish as the top two 3-point leaders in a season.
4) Andrew Bogut trailed only Joakim Noah in defensive rating. The Warrior center allowed just 96.3 points per 100 possessions, half a point more than Noah.
5) Andre Iguodala, who is listed as probable despite breaking his nose in Thursday’s game, led the league in plus/minus last season. His +9.0 per game mark was half a point better than Chris Paul.
6) Golden State assistant coach Luke Walton played nine seasons and won two championships with the Lakers. Jerry West, a 14-time all-star for the Lakers, is a member of Golden State’s Executive Board.
7) Golden State scored more per touch than any other team in the league last year, averaging 0.29 points when a Warrior possessed the ball. That number ballooned to an NBA-best 0.41 points on half-court touches.
8) The Lakers’ 102-83 loss to Golden State on Dec. 21 was one of their worst performances of last season. The Lakers committed a season-high 24 turnovers, while scrapping together season-lows in assists (11), made field goals (26) and field goal percentage (32.5).
9) Prior to the Golden State’s 112-92 win at STAPLES Center on April 11, the Lakers had won 11 straight regular-season home games against the Warriors. In the all-time regular-season series, the Lakers sport a 147-42 home record against the Warriors.
10) Ontario has been unkind to the Warriors in the preseason, where Golden State is winless in three games against the Lakers (2009, 2010, 2013).
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