Game Preview: Warriors at Raptors - 11/29/18
The Dubs open a five-game road trip on Thursday in Toronto.
BACK ON THE ROAD
Two of the top offenses in the NBA go head-to-head on Thursday as the Dubs open a five-game road trip on Thursday in Toronto. This will mark the first of this season’s two regular season matchups between the two teams, who have the two highest win totals in the league. The Warriors have won their last eight matchups with the Raptors, but this Toronto squad is vastly different from any Dub Nation has seen before. The Dubs struggled on their last road trip, but are hoping things can turn around this time with some potential reinforcements coming.
LAST TIME OUT
Kevin Durant had a season-high 49 points and Thompson had 19 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter as the Warriors came back from 18 down in Monday's 116-110 win over the Magic. Full Recap
MATCHUP AT A GLANCE
|2nd in West||1st in East|
|PTS: 116.0 (5th)||PTS: 117.0 (3rd)|
|REB: 45.8 (14th)||REB: 46.5 (10th)|
|AST: 27.9 (1st)||AST: 25.5 (7th)|
LAST GAME'S STARTERS
GSW: Quinn Cook, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, Andre Iguodala and Damian Jones
TOR: Kyle Lowry, Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard, Pascal Siakam and Serge Ibaka
INJURY & ROSTER NOTES
GSW: DeMarcus Cousins (left Achilles rehab), Stephen Curry (left groin strain), Draymond Green (right toe sprain) and Alfonzo McKinnie (left foot soreness) are out. Team Notes
TOR: Norman Powell (left shoulder subluxation) is out. Greg Monroe (back spasms) is questionable. Team Notes
VERSATILITY OFF THE BENCH
No matter how many All-Stars are on the roster, production from role players is always important to a team’s success. And fortunately for the Warriors, Jonas Jerebko is answering the call. The veteran forward has been a menace on the glass in recent weeks, averaging 8.0 rebounds over the last eight games. But what’s most impressive is that he has been able to accumulate a high number of rebounds in relatively few minutes. His 13.0 rebounds per 36.0 minutes in that stretch is considerably more than any other player on the roster. Add to that his ability to knock down shots from the perimeter, and Jerebko has turned into a very valuable and reliable asset off the bench.
|PTS: Curry (29.5)||PTS: Leonard (24.3)|
|REB: Durant (7.8)||REB: Leonard (8.6)|
|AST: Green (7.2)||AST: Lowry (10.2)|
TORONTO SCOUTING REPORT
The Raptors head into Thursday’s game as winners of six in a row, and for Warriors fans, that might be a good thing. This is Toronto’s third six-game winning streak of the season, and neither of the first two reached seven. The Raptors are an NBA-best 18-4 this season, and the first quarter is when they have been especially lethal. Their net rating of 17.7 in the first quarter, which means they outscore their opponents by 17.7 points per 100 possessions in the first quarter, is more than double that of any other team, so the Dubs would be would be wise to bring their A-game from the start. Kyle Lowry leads the league in assists (10.2 apg) and in his first year with the Raptors, Kawhi Leonard is on the early season list of MVP candidates with averages of 24.3 points and 8.6 rebounds per game, and has posted double-doubles in three straight games.