Game Preview: Warriors vs. Thunder - 5/8/21

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WARRIORS WRAP UP SEASON SERIES AGAINST THUNDER
The Warriors play the Oklahoma City Thunder for a third and final time on Saturday, which also marks the Dubs’ final two-game set against the same team for the 2020-21 season. These two squads went head-to-head on Thursday night in a contest the Warriors took soundly 118-97 on the heels of a Stephen Curry 34-point night and career-high seven splashes from Mychal Mulder.

The Warriors’ win on Thursday, along with a Memphis Grizzlies loss that night, propelled the Dubs to the No. 8 spot in the West. While the Warriors and Thunder square off again Saturday, the Memphis Grizzlies will be playing again, too, as the clubs continue to battle for prime playoff positioning. Read more on the Warriors’ playoff/play-in picture.

LAST TIME OUT
Stephen Curry scored 17 of his 34 points in the third quarter and the Warriors opened a regular season ending six-game homestand with a 118-97 victory over the Thunder. » Full Game Recap

MATCHUP AT A GLANCE

GSW OKC
34-33 21-46
8th in West 13th in West
PTS: 113.0 (15th) PTS: 105.2 (28th)
REB: 43.0 (23rd) REB: 45.7 (5th)
AST: 27.6 (1st) AST: 22.2 (27th)

PREVIOUS GAME'S STARTERS
GSW: Stephen Curry, Kent Bazemore, Andrew Wiggins, Draymond Green and Kevon Looney
OKC: Théo Maledon, Luguentz Dort, Darius Bazley, Isaiah Roby and Moses Brown

INJURY & ROSTER NOTES
GSW: Damion Lee (Health and Safety Protocols), Kelly Oubre Jr. (left wrist soreness), Eric Paschall (left hip flexor strain), Klay Thompson (right Achilles surgery recovery) and James Wiseman (right knee meniscus tear) are out. Team Notes

OKC: TBD. Team Notes

MULDER IS ON HIS MARK
Sophomore guard Mychal Mulder’s career-best seven 3-pointers made in Thursday night’s contest notched him a 25-point outing. The scoring total was also just one off from tying his career-high of 26 points, which he reached Apr. 27 against the Dallas Mavericks. Since getting the nod for three straight starts which began with the Warriors’ Apr. 23 contest against the Denver Nuggets, Mulder has posted these career numbers while being a dependable sharpshooter. He leads the team in 3-point percentage (45.9) over the team’s last eight games while being second on the team in treys made (3.5) behind Stephen Curry (6.4).

TEAM LEADERS

GSW OKC
PTS: Curry (31.6) PTS: Gilgeous-Alexander (23.7)
REB: Green (7.1) REB: Brown (8.6)
AST: Green (8.7) AST: Gilgeous-Alexander (5.9)

OKLAHOMA CITY SCOUTING REPORT
Following their loss to the Warriors on Thursday, the rebuilding Thunder have now lost five straight games and 19 of their last 20. While sophomore shooting guard Ty Jerome tied his career high of 23 points and developing forward Darius Bazley scored 22, Oklahoma City’s star from last season’s playoffs Luguentz Dort was limited by the Dubs to just seven points on a 3-for-13 night from the field. But that is the Thunder’s chosen path through the remainder of the season: they are letting their young players get NBA experience and watching them develop in front of their eyes while veterans such as Kenrich Williams and Svi Mykhailiuk take a back seat.

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