The Golden State Warriors have clinched a playoff spot for the seventh straight season after defeating the Oklahoma City Thunder on March 16. But they have just recently lost to the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday night by 35 points, their largest loss margin of the season. They will look to bounce back as they take on the Detroit Pistons at the Oracle Arena tonight.
The Pistons, on the other hand, are trying to avoid a second straight loss after losing to the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday night, 112-117. They are currently at the sixth spot in the Eastern Conference, looking to make the playoffs for the first time since 2016.
The Golden State Warriors and the Detroit Pistons have met up a grand total of 313 times in the past as the Warriors won 164 games while the Pistons went on to grab 149 victories. This matchup will mark the second and final time that these two ball clubs will meet up this season. The last time they saw each other was on December 1 when the Warriors fell to the Pistons, 102-111. During that game, Blake Griffin scored 26 points, grabbed 6 rebounds, and gave out 5 assists while Kevin Durant ended up with 28 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists, and 2 blocks.
-Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk (coach’s decision; 3.2 PPG, 0.9 RPG, 0.9 APG, 32.9 FG%, 32.6 3P%, 60.0 FT%)
-Glenn Robinson III (coach’s decision; 4.1 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 0.4 APG, 40.8 FG%, 28.6 3P%, 82.9 FT%)
-Khyri Thomas (coach’s decision; 2.7 PPG, 0.9 RPG, 0.3 APG, 33.8 FG%, 28.6 3P%, 63.6 FT%)
-Isaiah Whitehead (G-League)
-Kalin Lucas (G-League; 2.0 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%, 100.0 FT%)
-Jon Leuer (4.2 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 0.4 APG, 58.7 FG%, 10.0 3P%, 74.2 FT%)
-Jose Calderon (2.4 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 2.4 APG, 37.8 FG%, 25.0 3P%, 81.8 FT%)
Golden State Warriors:
-Damian Jones (pectoral; 5.4 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 1.2 APG, 71.6 FG%, 64.9 FT%)
-Marcus Derrickson (coach’s decision; 3.1 PPG, 0.9 RPG, 0.1 APG, 41.7 FG%, 35.7 3P%, 75.0 FT%)
-Damion Lee (coach’s decision; 4.2 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 0.2 APG, 43.2 FG%, 37.3 3P%, 80.0 FT%)
-DeMarcus Cousins (rest; 15.9 PPG, 7.9 RPG, 3.6 APG, 48.5 FG%, 25.4 3P%, 75.9 FT%)
-Andre Iguodala (rest; 5.8 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 3.2 APG, 49.8 FG%, 33.6 3P%, 59.4 FT%)
-Jacob Evans (0.8 PPG, 0.6 RPG, 0.6 APG, 30.3 FG%, 12.5 3P%, 0.0 FT%)
The Golden State Warriors would have complete control on the game in the first half as they shot sixty-five percent from the field, limiting the Detroit Pistons to forty-four percent. Klay Thompson got hot for 15 points while drilling 3 three-pointers in the process. Two-time NBA MVP Stephen Curry ended up recording eleven points as he also had 3 three-pointers. Along with that, Curry was able to grab seven rebounds and dish off two assists.
Kevin Durant was kept to just nine points but he did manage to knock down a shot from beyond the arc in the middle of the second quarter. He did shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field as he had three rebounds and seven assists. Draymond Green had nine points, as well. He was able to hit a rare three-pointer to beat the buzzer at the end of the first half. Shaun Livingston played eight minutes off the bench but only had four points.
On the other end of the court, Blake Griffin chalked up eleven points while shooting thirty-seven percent from the field. He had a three-pointer at the beginning of the first period while he recorded two rebounds and three assists. Two-time rebounding champion Andre Drummond contributed with eight points, along with seven rebounds, one assist, and one steal.
Reggie Jackson was limited to just two points while Wayne Ellington was able to drill a three-pointer. Louisiana-native Langston Galloway played the most minutes off the bench as he had seven points but it was the home team who went to the locker room with a 63 to 49 advantage.
The visiting team, however, was able to storm back as they sparked a 65 to 58 run, shooting forty-eight percent from the field in the second half. During that run, Griffin put up 13 additional points while knocking down two more shots from behind the three-point line. He had four rebounds and five assists while Ish Smith helped out with ten points. Former Milwaukee Bucks’ forward Thon Maker also had ten points which included two three-pointers in the fourth quarter.
Reggie Jackson ended up adding five more points to his scoring total while hitting a three-pointer in the third quarter. Drummond was kept to just four points in the second half while he grabbed four rebounds. The 12th pick in the first round of the 2017 draft Luke Kennard played the most minutes off the bench as he had 16 points, including 3 three-pointers.
As for the two-time defending champions, Curry chalked up 15 more points while hitting two three-pointers. Thompson contributed with nine points which including a three-pointer late in the fourth quarter. Both Durant and Green were kept to just five points but it didn’t matter as the Golden State Warriors pulled out a 121-114 victory over the Detroit Pistons. Stephen Curry finished the game with 26 points, along with a season-high-tying nine rebounds, three assists, and one steal while Blake Griffin settled for 24 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists.
The Detroit Pistons will travel to Colorado to battle Nikola Jokic (20.2 PPG, 10.8 RPG, 7.6 APG, 50.7 FG%, 32.6 3P%) and the Denver Nuggets (49-22) on Tuesday at 9:00 p.m. This will be the second and final time that these two teams will meet up this season. The last time that they played each other was on February 4 when the Pistons handed the Nuggets a 129-103 loss. Andre Drummond finished that game with 27 points, 12 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 blocks while Trey Lyles settled for 20 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, one steal, and one block.
The Golden State Warriors will head to Tennessee to take on Mike Conley (20.9 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 6.4 APG, 43.6 FG%, 36.6 3P%) and the Memphis Grizzlies (29-44) on Wednesday at 8:00 p.m. This game will mark the third of four times that these two ball clubs will see each other this season. December 17 was the last time that the Grizzlies and Warriors played each other as the Grizzlies fell to the Warriors, 93-110. During that game, Kevin Durant scored 23 points, pulled down 3 rebounds, dished out 5 assists, and blocked 2 shots while Omri Casspi had 20 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, and one block.