Game Preview: Warriors vs Spurs - 2/10/18

SHOWDOWN WITH SAN ANTONIO
For the third time in four weeks, the Dubs will occupy the NBA Saturday primetime slot. This time around, the Warriors will play host to the San Antonio Spurs in the second of this season’s four head-to-head matchups between the two Western Conference powers. Tipoff is set for 5:30 p.m. for the showdown, presented by PlayStation, and tickets are still available. Those unable to attend the game can watch on ABC or listen to Tim Roye with the call on 95.7 The Game, the Warriors Mobile App and the Warriors Radio Network. FIND TICKETS

LAST TIME OUT
After struggling over the last week and losing consecutive games for the first time since last March, the Dubs rebounded with a strong second half performance in Thursday’s 121-103 win over visiting Mavs. Kevin Durant led the Dubs with 24 points and nine boards, while Stephen Curry stuffed the stat sheet with 20 points, eight assists and seven rebounds as the Dubs beat Dallas for the fourth time this season. Full Recap


MATCHUP AT A GLANCE

GSW SAS
42-13 35-21
1st in West 3rd in West
PTS: 115.5 (1st) PTS: 101.4 (27th)
REB: 44.3 (12th) REB: 44.6 (9th)
AST: 30.4 (1st) AST: 22.6 (15th)

HEAD-TO-HEAD
It wasn’t that long ago that the Spurs had supreme ownage over the Dubs. But the tides have shifted a bit and the Warriors have won eight of their last 10 games against San Antonio, albeit the circumstances of several of those games have been out of whack compared to the norm. The Warriors haven’t played against Kawhi Leonard since the superstar was injured in Game 1 of the 2017 Western Conference Finals, and that includes this season’s first Dubs-Spurs matchup when the Warriors overcame a 19-point deficit to win by 20 points, 112-92, in San Antonio.

LAST GAME'S STARTERS
GSW: Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Zaza Pachulia
SAS: Dejounte Murray, Danny Green, Kyle Anderson, Davis Bertans and LaMarcus Aldridge

INJURY & ROSTER NOTES
GSW: Shaun Livingston (left elbow soreness) is probable. Jordan Bell (left ankle inflammation) is out. Team Notes
SAS: Rudy Gay (right heel bursitis), Kawhi Leonard (return from injury management), Dejounte Murray (sprained left ankle) and Tony Parker (back tightness) are out. Team Notes

CLOSING IN ON A MILESTONE
Entering Saturday’s game, Head Coach Steve Kerr is one win shy of 250 regular season victories. At 249-52, Kerr would become the fastest to reach the milestone according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Former Bulls and Lakers Head Coach Phil Jackson reached 250 wins in 346 regular season games, which is currently the fastest to 250 in league history. When compared to the other major pro sports, here are the fastest coaches to 250 wins: Don Shula (NFL) 354, Dan Bylsma (NHL) 396 and Frank Chance (MLB) 348.

TEAM LEADERS

GSW SAS
PTS: Curry (27.2) PTS: Aldridge (22.4)
REB: Green (7.9) REB: Aldridge (8.5)
AST: Green (7.3) AST: Parker (4)

SAN ANTONIO SCOUTING REPORT
The Spurs have been bitten hard by the injury bug, but that hasn’t kept them from being … well, the Spurs. Playing the second of six straight road games on their annual rodeo road trip, San Antonio enters Saturday’s matchup in third place in the West, an astonishing feat considering that Kawhi Leonard has played in just nine games this season. LaMarcus Aldridge leads the team in scoring (22.4 ppg) and rebounding (8.5 rpg), but where this Spurs team really excels is on defense. San Antonio allows the fewest points in the NBA, and they are coming off the biggest margin of victory (48 at PHX on Wednesday) in franchise history.

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