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Game Preview: Warriors vs. Clippers - 1/10/18
Winners of five-straight, the Dubs host the visiting Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night.
LAST ONE AT HOME FOR AWHILE
Coming off a 124-114 victory over the Nuggets on Monday, the Warriors put their five-game winning streak on the line against the visiting Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night. This will be the third of four matchups between the divisional opponents this regular season, after Golden State took the first two, including a 121-105 win in Los Angeles on January 6. Following Wednesay’s game, the Warriors will head out on a five-game road trip and won’t play again at Oracle until January 23. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Watch the action on NBC Sports Bay Area and ESPN, or listen to the call on 95.7 The Game, the Warriors Mobile App and the Warriors Radio Network. FIND TICKETS
LAST TIME OUT
Draymond Green notched a double-double and Stephen Curry provided yet another 30-point effort as the Dubs defeated the Nuggets 124-114 on Monday night. Full Recap
MATCHUP AT A GLANCE
|1st in West||9th in West|
|PTS: 116 (1st)||PTS: 106.1 (13th)|
|REB: 45 (7th)||REB: 43.6 (15th)|
|AST: 30.8 (1st)||AST: 20.9 (25th)|
LAST GAME'S STARTERS
GSW: Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala, Draymond Green and Zaza Pachulia
LAC: Jawun Evans, Lou Williams, C.J. Williams, Wesley Johnson and DeAndre Jordan
INJURY & ROSTER NOTES
GSW: Kevin Durant (right calf strain), Draymond Green (right knee soreness) and Andre Iguodala (left knee & hip soreness) are probable. Damian Jones is on G League assignment. Team Notes
LAC: Milos Teodosic (sore plantar fasciitis) is questionable. Patrick Beverley (right knee surgery), Danilo Gallinari (left glute injury), Blake Griffin (concussion) and Austin Rivers (right ankle injury) are out. Team Notes
41 down, 41 to go. The Dubs are officially finished with the first half of the regular season, and what a great first half it’s been. Despite a lengthy list of injuries (Kevin Durant missed his third-straight game on Monday night), Golden State reaches the season’s midway point with the best winning percentage (.805) in the league. Their 33 wins are tied with Boston for the most in the Association, although the Celtics have played two additional games. At the midway point, Golden State leads the NBA in scoring, assists per game, blocks per game, field goal percentage, 3-point field goal percentage and free throw percentage.
|PTS: Curry (27.9)||PTS: Griffin (22.8)|
|REB: Green (7.7)||REB: Jordan (15.1)|
|AST: Green (7.7)||AST: Teodosic (5.2)|
LOS ANGELES SCOUTING REPORT
The Clippers make their first of two trips to Oracle Arena during the regular season on Wednesday, and it’s not out of the question that they could make a couple more come playoff time. At 18-21, Los Angeles sits two games behind New Orleans for the eighth spot in the West, and given that the Warriors occupy the top spot, Monday’s game could serve as a potential playoff preview. Blake Griffin will not take part in that preview, as the Clippers’ power forward and leading scorer will miss his second-straight game after suffering a concussion in their home loss to Golden State this past Saturday. That will likely place an even greater offensive burden on Lou Williams, who tallied 23 points on 14 shots in that defeat to the Dubs. The Clippers have now lost their last 12 games against the Warriors, and have been defeated in 21 of their last 23 games at Oracle Arena. If they’re going to make a second half run, a win over the top team in the league would be a great place to start.