This is the first time in seven years that the Golden State Warriors would have questions about making it as far as the playoffs. With Kevin Durant in Brooklyn and Klay Thompson out due to injury, it would help at all that Stephen Curry is going to have to miss time, as well.
Curry ended up breaking his hand in the Wednesday matchup against the Phoenix Suns when Aron Baynes landed on it. With their star players missing, it will be tough for the Warriors to have success during the majority of this season. Tonight, they will try to prevent a second straight loss as they host the San Antonio Spurs at the Chase Center.
The Spurs, on the other hand, saw their three-game win streak come to an end as they were handed their first loss of the season last night. They were defeated by the Kawhi-led Los Angeles Clippers, 103-97. The Texas team will hope to avoid a second consecutive loss tonight. This matchup will be first of four times that these teams will see each other this season.
A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:
The Golden State Warriors and the San Antonio Spurs have met up a grand total of 189 times in the past as the Warriors won 74 games while the Spurs grabbed 115 games.
San Antonio Spurs:
-Keldon Johnson (G-League)
-Dejounte Murray (knee; 13.0 PPG, 8.0 RPG, 5.0 APG, 52.6 FG%, 16.7 3P%)
-Quinndary Weatherspoon (G-League)
-Luka Samanic (G-League)
Golden State Warriors:
-Stephen Curry (hand; 20.3 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 6.5 APG, 40.9 FG%, 24.3 3P%)
-Jacob Evans (abductor; 6.0 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 0.7 APG, 41.7 FG%, 50.0 3P%)
-Kevon Looney (neuropathy; 3.0 PPG, 9.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 25.0 FG%, 100.0 3P%)
-Alen Smailagic (ankle)
-Klay Thompson (ACL)
Both teams played with a competitive spirit in the first half, each dropping 20+ points in the first two quarters. Patty Mills got hot for 16 points on seventy-one percent shooting as he played 11 minutes off the bench. Rudy Gay ended up giving 10 points off the bench as he planted two three-pointers in the process. DeMar DeRozan was kept to just six points while LaMarcus Aldridge had eight points.
As for the home team, D’Angelo Russell chalked up nineteen points which included 3 three-pointers. He also had one rebound, four assists, and one block while Jordan Poole contributed with eight points. Draymond Green had two three-pointers while both Glenn Robinson and Willie Cauley-Stein had two points each. Maryland-native Damion Lee played the most minutes off the bench but only earned seven points as the Spurs went into halftime with a 57-55 lead.
The San Antonio Spurs took over in the second half as they went on a 70 to 55 run, completing fifty-five percent of their shots. Mills continued to add to his scoring total as he put up 15 more points, knocking down 3 three-pointers in the process. He also had three rebounds and one steal while Aldridge helped out 14 points.
On the other end of the court, Jordan Poole and D’Angelo Russell combined for 23 points but it wouldn’t mean much as the visiting team came away with a 127-110 victory over the struggling Golden State Warriors. Patty Mills finished the game with 31 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, and one steal while D’Angelo Russell had 30 points, 3 rebounds, 8 assists, and one block.
The San Antonio Spurs will host Anthony Davis (28.8 PPG, 12.5 RPG, 3.0 APG, 43.2 FG%, 27.3 3P%) and the Los Angeles Lakers (3-1) on Sunday at 7:00 p.m. The Golden State Warriors will host Devonte Graham (16.4 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 7.6 APG, 45.5 FG%, 51.5 3P%) and the Charlotte Hornets (2-3) on Saturday at 8:30 p.m.