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Game Preview: Warriors at Pistons - 12/1/18

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CURRY EXPECTED TO PLAY
The Warriors make this season’s lone visit to Detroit on Saturday as they play the second of five straight road games. The last three weeks have been a bit of a grind for the Dubs, but the expected return of Stephen Curry is sure to provide a boost of excitement for the club. After missing the last 11 games with a strained left groin, Curry will look to help the Dubs put a stop to their current five-game road losing streak. This will mark the first of this season’s two head-to-head matchups with Detroit. The Dubs split the season series with the Pistons during the 2017-18 campaign, and overall have won 12 of their last 14 against Detroit, including each of their last two in the Motor City.

LAST TIME OUT
Kevin Durant had a season-high 51 points as the Warriors overcame an 18-point deficit to force overtime, but the Dubs didn't make enough plays down the stretch in a 131-128 loss in Toronto on Thursday. Full Recap

MATCHUP AT A GLANCE

GSW DET
15-8 12-7
4th in West 4th in East
PTS: 116.5 (5th) PTS: 111.6 (12th)
REB: 45.8 (13th) REB: 47.7 (6th)
AST: 27.8 (1st) AST: 21.6 (26th)

LAST GAME'S STARTERS
GSW: Quinn Cook, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, Andre Iguodala and Damian Jones
DET: Reggie Jackson, Reggie Bullock, Glenn Robinson III, Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond

INJURY & ROSTER NOTES
GSW: DeMarcus Cousins (left Achilles rehab), Draymond Green (right toe sprain) and Alfonzo McKinnie (left foot soreness) are out. Team Notes
DET: N/A. Team Notes

WHAT A TIME FOR KD
After narrowly missing a 50-piece in Monday’s comeback win over the Magic, Kevin Durant got his 50-point game, 51 to be exact, in Thursday’s game vs. Toronto. Durant has now scored at least 40 points in three straight games, and his 100 points over the last two is the most he has ever scored in consecutive games. Durant is just the fourth player in Warriors history to surpass 40 points in three straight games, joining Stephen Curry, Rick Barry and Wilt Chamberlain in the exclusive club. Not only has Durant scored at elite levels, he’s also rebounding, getting teammates involved and shooting a strong percentage. Over his last six games, Durant has averaged 38.2 points, 10.5 rebounds and 6.3 assists, all while shooting 50 percent from the field.

TEAM LEADERS

GSW DET
PTS: Durant (30.1) PTS: Griffin (24.8)
REB: Durant (7.9) REB: Drummond (16.2)
AST: Green (7.2) AST: Griffin (5.1)

DETROIT SCOUTING REPORT
The Pistons come into Saturday’s game as winners of four straight and six of their last seven. After having just one winning season over the last 10 years, the Pistons look to be a contender in the East this season. Blake Griffin is one of two players in the NBA averaging at least 25 points, nine rebounds and five assists – Milwaukee superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo – and fellow frontcourt-mate Andre Drummond is the NBA’s leading rebounder by a wide margin. Not surprisingly, the Pistons are one of the top offensive rebounding teams in the league, as their 15.4 second chance points per game is tied for the third most in the league, making defensive rebounding an area of focus for the Dubs if they want to put an end to their five-game road losing streak.

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