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Game Preview: Warriors at Kings - 2/2/18
Golden State's road trip continues in Sacramento on Friday against the Kings.
JUST UP THE ROAD
After beginning their road trip with a loss in Utah, the Warriors will attempt to get back on track when they travel to Sacramento to take on the Kings on Friday. This will be the second of four regular season matchups between the two divisional opponents, after Sacramento prevailed 110-106 in their first encounter back on November 27. 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.
LAST TIME OUT
It wasn't the Warriors' night, as the Dubs fell 129-99 to the Jazz on Tuesday. Full Recap
MATCHUP AT A GLANCE
|1st in West||14th in West|
|PTS: 115.6 (1st)||PTS: 98.2 (30th)|
|REB: 44 (13th)||REB: 40.3 (29th)|
|AST: 30.5 (1st)||AST: 20.9 (28th)|
LAST GAME'S STARTERS
GSW: Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Zaza Pachulia
SAC: De'Aaron Fox, Bogdan Bogdanovic, Justin Jackson, Zach Randolph and Kosta Koufos
INJURY & ROSTER NOTES
GSW: Shaun Livingston (personal reasons), Jordan Bell (left ankle inflammation), Andre Iguodala (rest) and Jordan Bell (left ankle inflammation) are out. Team Notes
SAC: Willie Cauley-Stein (right knee bone contusion), Harry Giles (bi-lateral knee rehabilitation) and Frank Mason III (right plantar fascia partial tear) are out. Team Notes
CURRY PLAYER OF THE MONTH
After earning weekly honors twice in January, Stephen Curry was named the Kia Western Conference Player of the Month on Thursday for the seventh time in his career. During the month, Curry helped guide the Warriors to an 11-3 record (.786), which was tied for the most wins in January. The guard averaged an NBA-best 29.5 points per game on 51.4 shooting percent from the field and 46.3 percent from beyond the arc, 6.7 assists (10th in the NBA), 5.1 rebounds, 1.50 steals and 34.3 minutes in 12 games (all starts). He scored 30-or-more points six times, second most in the NBA, and connected on an NBA-high 62 three-point field goals (62-of-134 3FG), including eight games with five-or-more makes, tops in the league. It is the 11th time a Warrior has garnered the monthly recognition in franchise history.
|PTS: Curry (27.7)||PTS: Randolph (14.5)|
|REB: Green (7.9)||REB: Randolph (7)|
|AST: Green (7.3)||AST: Fox (4.2)|
SACRAMENTO SCOUTING REPORT
It’s been a rebuilding year in Sacramento, and while the Kings won’t be headed to the playoffs this season, they have been playing better as of late. After a stretch in which they lost 13 of 15, the young Kings have bounced back to win three of their last four games, all of which were on the road. Still, with a record of 16-34 on the season, Sacramento currently sits just one game ahead of Dallas for last place in the West. Neither end of the court has been kind to the Kings, as they rank dead last in the NBA in points per game, offensive rating and defensive rating. While the youth movement is in full effect, it’s longtime NBA veteran Zach Randolph that leads the Kings in both scoring (14.5) and rebounding (7.0) per game. The Warriors and Kings sit on opposite sides of the league standings, but it was Sacramento that earned the victory in their first encounter earlier this year. Golden State is coming off one of their worst performances of the season, so it’s unlikely they’ll take Friday’s challenge lightly.