Game Preview: Warriors at Kings - 10/24/21

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WARRIORS LOOKING FOR 3-0
After an exciting 115-113 win over the Clippers in the home opener on Thursday night, the Warriors will head to Sacramento and face the Kings on Sunday at Golden 1 Center. The Warriors will have a chance to do something they have not accomplished since the 2015-16 season, which is to start the season 3-0. The Warriors started off that season with a 24-game win streak en route to a record-setting 73-9 regular season.


CURRY’S STRONG START
After recording a triple-double in the season opener, Stephen Curry followed up his performance with a 45-point performance in Thursday night’s win over the Clippers, including scoring eight of the team’s final 10 points in the last two minutes. Curry had a perfect first quarter, shooting 9-for-9 from the field, making five threes. » Full Game Recap

MATCHUP AT A GLANCE

GSW SAC
2-0 1-1
2nd in West 6th in West
PTS: 118.0 (8th) PTS: 112.5 (15th)
REB: 51.5 (6th) REB: 47.5 (10th)
AST: 28.5 (5th) AST: 22.0 (21st)

PREVIOUS GAME STARTERS
GSW: Stephen Curry, Jordan Poole, Andrew Wiggins, Draymond Green and Kevon Looney
SAC: De’Aaron Fox, Tyrese Haliburton, Terence Davis, Harrison Barnes and Richuan Holmes

INJURY & ROSTER NOTES
GSW: Jonathan Kuminga (right knee patellar tendon strain), Klay Thompson (right Achilles tendon repair) and James Wiseman (right knee meniscus repair) are out. Team Notes

SAC: TBD. Team Notes

BJELICA’S RETURN
Warriors forward Nemanja Bjelica is in his seventh NBA season, and before a midseason trade to Miami last season, he spent two-and-a-half seasons with the Sacramento Kings, setting career-highs with the Kings in 2019-20 in points, rebounds, assists, field goal percentage and three point percentage. In his short tenure with the Warriors so far, he has shown off his offensive skillset in his short time with the Warriors averaging 10.5 points per game on 9-of-12 shooting while also displaying the ability to handle the ball and make plays for others.

TEAM LEADERS

GSW SAC
PTS: Curry (33.0) PTS: Barnes (30.5)
REB: Curry (10.0) REB: Barnes (12.0)
AST: Green (6.5) AST: Fox (6.5)

SACRAMENTO KINGS SCOUTING REPORT
The Kings lost in its home opener on Friday night against the Utah Jazz, falling 110-101. Buddy Hield scored 24 points off the bench, hitting six 6 3-pointers. Sacramento is led by point guard De’Aaron Fox, who led the team in points (25.2) and assists (7.2) last season. The Kings return their top seven leading scorers from last season and have added rookie Davion Mitchell, the ninth pick of the 2021 NBA Draft. Former Warriors assistant coach Luke Walton enters his third season as the head coach of the Kings, and after posting identical 31-41 records over those first two years, he’ll rely on the team’s continuity in an effort to end their 15-year playoff drought.

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