Game Preview: Warriors vs. Cavaliers - 1/9/22

Thompson Set to Make 2021-22 Season Debut
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DUBS HOST CAVS ON WARRIORS GROUND
The Warriors return home to host the Cleveland Cavaliers at Chase Center on Sunday. Sunday’s showdown will be the second and final meetings between the two clubs during the 2021-22 campaign, with the Warriors outscoring the Cavaliers 36-8 in the fourth quarter to earn a 104-89 win in Cleveland on Nov. 18. After scratching back-to-back losses for the first time this season, the Warriors own a 29-9 record.

Klay Thompson is set to make his season debut against Cleveland, marking his first appearance since Game 6 of the NBA Finals on June 13, 2019.

LAST TIME OUT
While the Dubs were shorthanded in New Orleans, the squad competed down to the final buzzer in a 101-96 defeat to the Pelicans. » Full Game Recap

MATCHUP AT A GLANCE

GSW CLE
29-9 21-17
2nd in West 6th in East
PTS: 110.2 (11th) PTS: 107.7 (19th)
REB: 45.9 (8th) REB: 45.5 (11th)
AST: 28.1 (2nd) AST: 25.5 (7th)

PREVIOUS GAME STARTERS
GSW: Jordan Poole, Gary Payton II, Andrew Wiggins, Otto Porter Jr. and Kevon Looney
CLE: Darius Garland, Lauri Markkanen, Lamar Stevens, Jarrett Allen and Evan Mobley

INJURY & ROSTER NOTES
GSW: James Wiseman (right knee meniscus repair) is out. Team Notes

CLE: Rajon Rondo and Cedi Osman are probable. Tacko Fall (two-way), Isaac Okoro (left elbow sprain), Ricky Rubio (left ACL tear), and Collin Sexton (left knee meniscal tear) are out. Team Notes

KLAY THOMPSON RETURNS
Five-time NBA All-Star and three-time NBA champion Klay Thompson will be available to play in Sunday's game against the Cavaliers. Thompson, who owns NBA records for most points in a single quarter (37) on Jan. 23, 2015 and most threes in a single game (14) on Oct. 29, 2018, last appeared in Game 6 of the NBA Finals on June 13, 2019.

TEAM LEADERS

GSW CLE
PTS: Curry (26.8) PTS: Garland (19.7)
REB: Green (7.8) REB: Allen (10.7)
AST: Green (7.6) AST: Garland (7.4)

CLEVELAND SCOUTING REPORT
The Cleveland Cavaliers will meet the Warriors at Chase Center for the second game of their six-game road trip. Though the team remains without the presence of key starters Collin Sexton and Ricky Rubio, Cavaliers’ Darius Garland has been leading the team’s offensive effort averaging 19.7 points and 7.4 rebounds. Center Jarrett Allen trails as Cleveland’s second leading scorer, averaging 17.1 points and a team-high 10.7 rebounds, with the big man ranking second among league leaders in field goal percentage (70.2). Five-time NBA All-Star Kevin Love is averaging 23.8 points, 8.7 rebounds and 2.7 assists over his last six contests, sinking at least three 3-pointers in each of those games.

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