Game Preview: Warriors at Spurs – 11/2/17

ON TO SAN ANTONIO

After scoring an NBA season-high 141 points in their win over the Clippers on Monday, the Warriors will look to make it two wins in a row to begin their road trip when they take on the Spurs in San Antonio on Thursday. This will be the first of four matchups between the two teams this season, with each side hosting two games on their home court. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. (Pacific). Watch the action on NBC Sports Bay Area and TNT, or listen to the call on 95.7 The Game and the Warriors Radio Network.

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LAST TIME OUT
Despite playing their second game in as many nights, the Warriors turned in their best performance of the young season on Monday, racing past the Clippers by a score of 141-113 in Los Angeles. Full Recap

HEAD-TO-HEAD LAST SEASON
The Spurs took two of the three meetings between the teams last season, but it was the Warriors that got the last laugh. The last time San Antonio and Golden State faced off, the Warriors completed a four-game sweep of the Spurs in the 2017 Western Conference Finals.

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MATCHUP AT A GLANCE

GSW
4-3
6th in West
118.1 PPG (1st)
45.1 RPG (12th)
30.0 APG (1st)

LAC

4-1
2nd in West
106.2 PPG (10th)
50.4 RPG (3rd)
20.0 APG (26th)

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PROJECTED STARTERS

GSW: Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Zaza Pachulia

SAS: DeJounte Murray, Danny Green, Kyle Anderson, LaMarcus Aldridge and Pau Gasol

INJURY & ROSTER NOTES

GSW: Team Notes

SAS: Team Notes

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TIME TO CLEAN IT UP
The Dubs shot 57 percent in Sunday’s game, but still lost by eight. While multiple factors certainly contributed to the defeat, the one that sticks out most is the season-high 26 turnovers that led to 33 points for Detroit. The Warriors have now issued at least 16 turnovers in each of their seven games this season, but the issue can be solved, according to Coach Kerr, with more attention to detail. “This has to do with a complete lack of focus and fundamentals,” Kerr said after Sunday’s defeat. “We are throwing the ball all over the place. Even some passes are just hitting guys in the shoes even if they are not turnovers. It’s focus and execution.” Playing the back end of a back-to-back, it’s natural for teams not to be their sharpest, which is why it’s even more important for the Dubs to have that extra focus that Kerr mentioned in his postgame comments.

TEAM LEADERS

GSW
PTS: Curry (27.6)
REB: Green (8.1)
AST: Green (7.4)

LAC

PTS: Griffin (24.8)
REB: Jordan (17.4)
AST: Griffin (4.4)

L.A. CLIPPERS SCOUTING REPORT
Just like the Warriors, the Clippers suffered a home loss to the Pistons in their most recent game. Prior to that game, Los Angeles was the last undefeated team remaining in the NBA. As is, the Clippers have the second-best record in the West and have played the fewest amount of games of any team in the conference. In recent seasons, the Clippers have been one of the top offensive teams in the league. And even though the team no longer has Chris Paul (traded to Rockets), they still have Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan. Griffin leads the team in scoring and assists, while DeAndre Jordan ranks second in the league in rebounding. Long time Rockets guard Patrick Beverley is now the starting point guard for the Clippers, and Danilo Gallinari, Austin Rivers and Lou Williams all give L.A. some quality depth behind Griffin and Jordan.

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