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Game Preview: Warriors at Clippers - 1/6/18

SATURDAY MATINEE
Get ready for some afternoon hoops. The Warriors close out a three-game road trip on Saturday in Los Angeles against the Clippers. A matchup of the top two teams in the Pacific Division will tip off at 12:30 p.m., the second of this season’s three Dubs games beginning in the 12 o’clock hour. The intra-division shown can be seen on NBC Sports Bay Area, and fans wanting to hear the call can tune into 95.7 The Game, the Warriors Mobile App and the Warriors Radio Network.

LAST TIME OUT
Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson combined for 57 points and Draymond Green tallied a triple-double as the Dubs picked up their second win in as many nights. Full Recap

MATCHUP AT A GLANCE

GSW LAC
31-8 17-20
1st in West 9th in West
PTS: 115.6 (1st) PTS: 106 (13th)
REB: 44.9 (9th) REB: 43.4 (15th)
AST: 30.7 (1st) AST: 21.1 (25th)

HEAD-TO-HEAD
Saturday’s matchup will be the second of four Warriors-Clippers games this season. The Dubs dominated the first one, winning 141-113 in L.A. back on October 30, the 11th straight regular season victory over the Clippers.

LAST GAME'S STARTERS
GSW: Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala, Draymond Green and Zaza Pachulia
LAC: Milos Teodosic, C.J. Williams, Wesley Johnson, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan

INJURY & ROSTER NOTES
GSW: Omri Casspi (mid back strain), Stephen Curry (sprained right ankle), Draymond Green (right knee soreness), Andre Iguodala (left knee soreness) and David West (sprained right ankle) are probable. Kevin Durant (right calf strain) is questionable. Damian Jones is on G League assignment. Team Notes
LAC: Milos Teodosic (sore plantar fasciitis) is questionable. Austin Rivers (right ankle injury), Patrick Beverley (right knee surgery) and Danilo Gallinari (left glute injury) are out. Team Notes

MR. TRIPLE-DOUBLE
When it comes to triple-doubles with the Warriors’ franchise, Draymond Green now stands alone. With 17 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists in Golden State’s win over the Rockets on Thursday, Green notched the 21st triple-double of his career and his second of the season. That performance moved Green past Tom Gola (20) for the most triple-doubles in franchise history. Amazingly, but perhaps unsurprisingly, the Warriors have never lost a game in which Green recorded a triple-double, going 21-0 in those contests. Throughout NBA history, only Magic Johnson's Lakers have won more consecutive games (24) in a player's triple-doubles than the Warriors have in Green's.

TEAM LEADERS

GSW LAC
PTS: Curry (27.1) PTS: Griffin (23.6)
REB: Green (7.7) REB: Jordan (15.2)
AST: Green (7.6) AST: Griffin (5.3)

L.A. CLIPPERS SCOUTING REPORT
After some early season struggles, the Clippers have rebounded nicely, and currently sit just outside the playoff picture in the West. Winners of six of their last eight games, Los Angeles now possesses a record of 17-20 on the season, two games behind New Orleans for the eighth spot in the conference. The Clippers have handled their business within the division, posting a 7-1 record against Pacific Division opponents thus far, although that lone defeat was a 141-113 crushing at the hands of Golden State in their first encounter back on October 30. While Chris Paul has moved on, Los Angeles still has longtime Clippers Blake Griffin (who leads the team with 23.6 points per game) and DeAndre Jordan, who is averaging a double-double with 11.5 points and 15.2 rebounds per game. Meanwhile, offseason acquisition Lou Williams was just named Western Conference Player of the Week, and he’s recorded eight 30-point efforts off the bench already this season. The Warriors have had the Clippers’ number over the last several years and enter Saturday’s matinee having won the last 11 games between the two teams, a thought surely not lost on either of the longtime divisional rivals.

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