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Game Preview: Warriors vs. Thunder - 2/6/18

BACK AT HOME
After going 1-2 on their recent three-game road trip, the Warriors will attempt to get back on the right foot when they return home to take on Thunder on Tuesday night. This will be the second of four matchups between Golden State and Oklahoma City this season, after the Thunder prevailed 108-91 in their first encounter back on November 22. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m., and the first 10,000 fans in attendance will receive a 'Black History is Golden T-Shirt' and all fans will receive a Splash Towel, courtesy of State Farm. Watch the action on TNT, or listen to the call on 95.7 The Game, the Warriors Mobile App and the Warriors Radio Network. FIND TICKETS

LAST TIME OUT
Playing their second road game in less than 24 hours, the Warriors ran out of gas at the end and fell 115-108 to the Nuggets on Saturday night. Full Recap

MATCHUP AT A GLANCE

GSW OKC
41-12 30-24
1st in West 5th in West
PTS: 115.6 (1st) PTS: 106.3 (14th)
REB: 44.1 (12th) REB: 45 (6th)
AST: 30.3 (1st) AST: 21.2 (25th)

PROJECTED STARTERS
GSW: Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Zaza Pachulia
OKC: Russell Westbrook, Terrance Ferguson, Paul George, Carmelo Anthony and Steven Adams

INJURY & ROSTER NOTES
GSW: Jordan Bell (left ankle inflammation) is out. Team Notes
OKC: Andre Roberson (ruptured left patellar tendon) is out. Team Notes

THREE-POINT STRUGGLES
The Warriors are the top three-point shooting team in the league in terms of accuracy, and Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry currently rank second and third in the NBA, respectively, in made three-pointers so far this season. Yet, lately, it’s been a relative struggle from long distance for the Dubs. They’re coming off a loss in which they shot 8-of-31 from three-point range, and made just five of their 25 long distance attempts two games before that in a loss to the Jazz. In total, the Warriors have made only single-digit threes twelve times this season, but five of those instances have come in the last 12 games. Golden State shot 10-of-31 from three-point range in their loss to the Thunder earlier this year, so an efficient long-range shooting performance could go a long way towards helping them even the season series on Tuesday.

TEAM LEADERS

GSW OKC
PTS: Curry (27.5) PTS: Westbrook (25.4)
REB: Green (7.8) REB: Westbrook (9.4)
AST: Green (7.3) AST: Westbrook (10.3)

OKLAHOMA CITY SCOUTING REPORT
For a team stocked with veterans, the Thunder sure are streaky. In chronological order, since December 18, Oklahoma City has alternated a six-game winning streak, a two-game losing streak, a two-game winning streak, a three-game losing streak, an eight-game winning streak, and now enter Tuesday’s matchup with the Warriors having lost their last four games. Russell Westbrook, the league’s reigning MVP, isn’t far off from averaging a triple-double for the second-straight year with 25.4 points, 9.4 rebounds and 10.3 assists per contest. Meanwhile, offseason additions Paul George and Carmelo Anthony have given Oklahoma City a collection of star power that perhaps only the Warriors can rival. Golden State has won seven in a row over the Thunder at Oracle Arena, and given how their first encounter this year worked out, the Dubs will have all the motivation necessary to attempt to push that streak one game further.

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