Game Preview: Warriors at Thunder - 3/16/19
The road trip continues. Next up for the Dubs: a Saturday tilt against the Oklahoma City Thunder in prime time.
ROLLING ONTO THE THUNDER
After a nail-biting win in Houston that came down to the final seconds, the Warriors head to Oklahoma City to face the Thunder. This will be the final game in the three-game season series; both of the previous games were at Oracle Arena, and each team won one game apiece. Now, the Warriors make their lone visit to Oklahoma City to face-off against the team currently tied for third in the Western Conference. The Dubs will look to keep up the momentum in Saturday’s primetime showdown against a well-rounded Thunder squad.
LAST TIME OUT
The Warriors hung on in the final seconds of Wednesday’s game to beat the Houston Rockets 106-104. DeMarcus Cousins had 27 points and dished-out eight assists, both season highs. Klay Thompson posted 30 points, and Stephen Curry added 24 points. » Full Recap
MATCHUP AT A GLANCE
|1st in West||5th in West|
|PTS: 118.0 (1st)||PTS: 114.9 (4th)|
|REB: 46.1 (9th)||REB: 48.1 (2nd)|
|AST: 29.1 (1st)||AST: 23.1 (23rd)|
LAST GAME'S STARTERS
GSW: Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala, Draymond Green and DeMarcus Cousins
OKC: Russell Westbrook, Terrance Ferguson, Paul George, Jerami Grant and Steven Adams.
INJURY & ROSTER NOTES
GSW: Kevin Durant (ankle) is day-to-day. Andrew Bogut is not with the team. Damian Jones (left pectoral surgery) is out. Team Notes
OKC: Andre Roberson (kneecap) and Markieff Morris (neck) are day-to-day. Team Notes
KEEP IT UP, KEVON
Earlier this week, Kevon Looney became the all-time leader in Offensive Rating for the Warriors. Additionally, his plus-minus rating of 3.09 not only leads the Warriors’ bench, but also ranks third on the team behind Curry and Kevin Durant. These signify what Looney he has brought to the Warriors when his number has been called this season: hustle and efficiency. His effort has been rewarded with the most playing time over his career (19.8 minutes per game) and career highs in points (6.3), rebounds (5.7), and assists (1.7).
|PTS: Curry (27.9)||PTS: George (28.2)|
|REB: Cousins (7.9)||REB: Westbrook (11.1)|
|AST: Green (7.0)||AST: Westbrook (10.5)|
OKLAHOMA CITY SCOUTING REPORT
The Thunder are led by the duo of Russell Westbrook and Paul George. A two-time scoring champion and former MVP, Westbrook is averaging a triple-double per game with 23.2 points, 11.1 rebounds, and 10.5 assists per game. George, a six-time All-Star, is averaging a career-highs in points (28.2), rebounds (8.1), and assists (4.2). The Dubs will need to contain the two of them to keep the Thunder, currently ranked fourth in points-per-game at just under 115 per game, in check. Besides being a high-scoring team though, Oklahoma City is also fourth in the league in defensive rating. The team is well-rounded on both sides of the ball and will make the Warriors work to earn a win.