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Game Preview: Warriors at Hawks - 12/3/18

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EASTERN CONFERENCE TOUR CONTINUES IN THE ATL
The Warriors play their third of five straight road games on Monday in Atlanta. This will close out the two-game season series with the Hawks after the Dubs picked up a 110-103 home win over Atlanta last month. That win was the Dubs’ eighth straight triumph over the Hawks, three of which have come in Atlanta.

LAST TIME OUT
The Warriors had a trio of scorers with 20-plus points but it wasn’t enough to overcome a slow start in Saturday’s loss in Detroit. Full Recap

MATCHUP AT A GLANCE

GSW ATL
15-9 5-18
4th in West 13th in East
PTS: 116.5 (5th) PTS: 107.4 (23rd)
REB: 45.8 (13th) REB: 43.9 (21st)
AST: 27.8 (1st) AST: 24.4 (10th)

LAST GAME'S STARTERS
GSW: Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, Jonas Jerebko and Damian Jones
ATL: Trae Young, Kevin Huerter, Taurean Prince, John Collins and Dewayne Dedmon

INJURY & ROSTER NOTES
GSW: DeMarcus Cousins (left Achilles rehab), Draymond Green (right toe sprain) and Alfonzo McKinnie (left foot soreness) are out. Team Notes
ATL: Jeremy Lin (left ankle sprain) is questionable. Alex Poythress (left ankle contusion) is out. Team Notes

WELCOME BACK, STEPH
After missing 11 games with a strained left groin, Stephen Curry returned to action on Saturday, finishing with 27 points on 10-for-21 shooting. Curry saw some ups and downs in his first game back, missing his first five 3-point shots and turning the ball over seven times. He did, however, make three of his last four 3-point attempts and had 20 points in the second half. Look for Curry to build on that performance moving forward. He started the season on a tear before getting injured, and despite missing nearly half of the season up to this point, he still ranks in the top 10 in the league in total 3-pointers made. The Dubs were without Curry their last game against Atlanta, but this time they’ll look to him to help the team’s current six-game road losing streak.

TEAM LEADERS

GSW ATL
PTS: Durant (30.1) PTS: Young (15.6)
REB: Durant (7.9) REB: Collins (6.8)
AST: Green (7.2) AST: Young (7.6)

ATLANTA SCOUTING REPORT
While the Warriors are enjoying a golden era with three championships in four seasons, the Hawks are trying to build a foundation. Atlanta sports the league’s third worst record and had lost 10 straight games before winning consecutive games last week. Included in that losing streak was a seven-point loss to the Dubs in Oakland. Rookie guard Trae Young had a career-low four points on 2-for-12 shooting in that game, but the Hawks still managed to play the Dubs tough. In fact, Atlanta held a halftime lead and was within five points with less than two minutes to go. Third-year forward Taurean Prince had 22 points in the game, and former Warrior Kent Bazemore had 18. The Hawks have six players averaging double figures in scoring, and play at the fastest pace in the league. Protecting against unforced turnovers is important in any game, and especially against an Atlanta team that forces the third most turnovers per game.

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