Game Preview: Warriors vs. Kings - 2/21/19
The Warriors host the Sacramento Kings for their last meeting of the regular season.
COMING OUT OF THE BREAK
The Warriors will have a fun one coming out of the All-Star break as they play host to their Northern California rival Sacramento Kings. This will be the fourth and final regular season matchup between the two teams, with the victories in all of those games going to the Dubs. None of those three games were easy though; the wins came with late rallies for Golden State, including a last-second tip-in by Klay Thompson and a record-setting splash-fest in Sacramento. Expect this game to be just as action-packed as the Kings continue fighting for a spot in the Playoffs during the final stretch of the season.
It will be a throwback night at Oracle Arena as the Warriors celebrate the We Believe team that ended the franchise’s 13-year playoff drought and, as the number eight seed, upset the first place Mavericks in the first round of the 2007 NBA Playoffs. The first 10,000 fans in attendance will receive a lapel pin, and all fans will receive a commemorative poster.
LAST TIME OUT
Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant both had 32 points, but the Dubs struggled in the fourth quarter in the final game before the All-Star break, resulting in a 129-107 loss to the Trail Blazers. » Full Game Recap
MATCHUP AT A GLANCE
|1st in West||9th in West|
|PTS: 118.8 (1st)||PTS: 113.4 (9th)|
|REB: 46.4 (8th)||REB: 45.0 (18th)|
|AST: 29.5 (1st)||AST: 25.6 (9th)|
LAST GAME'S STARTERS
GSW: Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Kevon Looney
SAC: De'Aaron Fox, Buddy Hield, Harrison Barnes, Willie Cauley-Stein and Nemanja Bjelica
DURANT WITH ELITE WARRIORS COMPANY
Kevin Durant shined at the All-Star Game this weekend in Charlotte. His 31-point performance, including two three-pointers late in the game, sealed the victory for Team LeBron in this year's contest. For his effort, Durant was awarded the All-Star Game MVP. He joins just three other Warriors to ever earn the title: Paul Arizin, Wilt Chamberlin, and Rick Barry. Those three basketball legends were voted onto the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History list, and are enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
|PTS: Curry (28.6)||PTS: Hield (20.5)|
|REB: Green (7.6)||REB: Cauley-Stein (8.5)|
|AST: Green (7.3)||AST: Fox (7.2)|
SACRAMENTO SCOUTING REPORT
The young, dynamic Kings have been an exciting team this season and currently sport a 30-27 record. Sacramento has added new pieces to their squad since the Warriors last saw them, receiving former Warrior Harrison Barnes, Corey Brewer, and Alec Burks at the trade deadline. Adding them to deep-ball threat Buddy Hield (20.5 points per game) and versatile De’Aron Fox (17 points, 7 rebounds, 1.7 steals per game) further bolsters Sacramento’s scoring and defense. The Kings are 2-1 since making the moves, only losing a close game in Denver just before the break, so look for them to keep close with the Warriors in a fast-paced game.
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