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Game Preview: Warriors vs. Bulls - 2/8/17
The Warriors look to rebound from their most recent loss when they host the visiting Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night.
The Warriors look to rebound from their most recent loss when they host the visiting Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night. This will be the first of two matchups between the teams this season, as well as Chicago’s lone trip to the Bay Area. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m., and all fans in attendance will receive a free T-shirt courtesy of BMW. Watch the action on CSN Bay Area and ESPN, or listen to the call on 95.7 The Game on the Warriors Radio Network.
LAST TIME OUT
The Warriors fought an uphill battle all game long and suffered a 109-106 loss to the Kings on Saturday night in Sacramento. Full Recap
MATCHUP AT A GLANCE
1st in West
118.2 PPG (1st)
45.1 RPG (5th)
31.1 APG (1st)
7th in East
102.6 PPG (23rd)
47.0 RPG (1st)
21.1 APG (23rd)
GSW: Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and JaVale McGee
CHI: Jerian Grant, Dwyane Wade, Michael Carter-Williams, Taj Gibson and Robin Lopez
INJURY & ROSTER NOTES
GSW: Zaza Pachulia (right rotator cuff strain) and David West (non-displaced fracture, left thumb) are out. Team Notes
CHI: Dwyane Wade (upper respiratory illness) and Cristiano Felίcio (right lower leg strain) are questionable. Jimmy Butler (right heel contusion) is out. Team Notes
If Stephen Curry’s recent hot streak looks familiar, well, it should. A week after being named Co-Western Conference Player of the Month (along with Kevin Durant), Curry was named Western Conference Player of the Week on Monday after posting averages of 34.3 points, 9.3 assists, 4.0 rebounds and 3.0 steals in 36.3 minutes per contest. It was the continuation of a hot streak that began at the turn of the calendar year, and in the 16 games he's played since, Curry is averaging 29.1 points, 4.4 rebounds and 7.4 assists per game on 49.7 percent shooting from the field and 45.9 percent from three-point land. For reference, he averaged 30.1 points, 5.4 rebounds and 6.7 assists per game on 50.4 percent shooting from the field and 45.4 percent from beyond the arc last season on the way to his second-straight MVP award. Given that he put together one of the top offensive seasons in the history of the league last season, that eerie comparison should speak volumes about the kind of roll he's been on lately, and the Dubs sure wouldn’t mind if his personal surge continued on Wednesday against the Bulls, who possess the ninth-best defensive rating in the NBA.
PTS: Durant (25.8)
REB: Durant (8.4)
AST: Green (7.4)
PTS: Butler (24.6)
REB: Gibson (7.0)
AST: Rondo (6.6)
CHICAGO SCOUTING REPORT
If you’re having difficulty getting a read on the Bulls this season, don’t worry, you’re not alone. When asked what challenges Chicago presents at Tuesday’s practice, Steve Kerr related, “Well, they’re streaky. They’re hard to figure out.” And he’s not wrong. The Bulls opened January with three-straight wins to move a game over .500, but followed that up with three consecutive losses, after which they alternated back-to-back wins and back-to-back defeats through the rest of the month. They now sit at 26-26 on the season heading into their matchup with the Warriors on Wednesday, currently two games ahead of Detroit and Charlotte for the seventh spot in the East. All-Star starter Jimmy Butler has missed the last two games with a heel injury, but veteran Dwyane Wade has picked up some of the slack, averaging 25.0 points per game over their last two contests. Butler will miss Wednesday’s game as well, and with Wade listed as questionable with an upper respiratory illness, Chicago could be significantly shorthanded as they try to snap Golden State’s NBA-record streak of 137 consecutive games without back-to-back losses.
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