The Golden State Warriors look like a team in the twilight of a run that goes back to 2015. Though they’re just 2 years removed from hoisting their 4th championship with their core of Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, and Klay Thompson, they’re just 7-9 and teetering a bit in the early weeks of the season. They brought in Chris Paul over the summer in an attempt to help shore up their playmaking and cut down on some of the turnovers that have proven to be their Achilles heel throughout their run, but the roster as a whole hasn’t really performed to the standard they’ve set for themselves. They’re coming into tonight’s game without Green (suspended) and losers of 7 of their last 8, the bulk of them coming at home.
The Spurs, of course, are currently mired in a 10-game losing streak. They’ve had opportunities in a handful of those games that could have ended up in wins, ranging from blown big leads in the 2nd half or furious comebacks after falling down big that fall short. With the Warriors in search of their own answers and struggling so much at home throughout November, San Antonio could have a prime opportunity to end the losing streak.
San Antonio Spurs (3-12) at Golden State Warriors (7-9)
November 24 2023 | 9:00 PM CT
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Spurs Injuries: None
Warriors Injuries: Draymond Green (suspended), Gary Payton II (foot, day to day)
What to watch for
- Not many teams can match-up height-wise with Victor Wembanyama, but this is especially true of the Warriors. The tallest rotation player on their roster is reserve Dario Saric at 6’10, folllowed by the 6’9 Kevon Looney. Golden State has famously gone to small ball throughout their run, but their stars may be too long in the tooth now to sustain a run and get the stops necessary. They’ve also been without their main enforcer/resident tough guy Draymond Green while he serves a 5-game suspension. All this could add up to a big night for the rookie if he can successfully put pressure on the rim.
- Despite the Warriors lack of size, they are among the best rebounding teams in the Association, especially on the offensive glass. Golden State ranks 3rd in offensive rebounds per game with 13.7, which is a lot of extra possessions for teams to give up to a group that still boasts Stephen Curry. The Spurs rank 21st in the league in securing defensive rebounds (32.6).
- Golden State came into the season hoping for more out of forward Jonathon Kuminga, but he’s been inconsistent on offense throughout their first 16 games of the season. Kuminga, a dynamic athlete who is just 21 years old, is shooting 43% from the field and 18% from 3.
- Malaki Branham struggled in the 2nd game this week against the Clippers, missing all 6 of his shots from the field. With Devin Vassell back for that game but coming off the bench, there’s a chance Branham gets the start once again, as the Spurs may look to ease Vassell in a bit over the next few games. With their struggles on offense though, San Antonio can’t afford to have a starter not contribute some scoring.
- The Jeremy Sochan Point Guard Experience continues to be something all Spurs fans are monitoring. Sochan had 7 assists against just 1 turnover in the 2nd game against the Clippers after having just 1 assist in the first game against them last week. He will also likely have his hands full on defense if he draws the Curry assignment.
- Chris Paul has brought some stability to the Warrior’s playmaking, but has struggled with his shot the few times a game he actually looks to score. Paul is averaging single-digit shot attempts for the first time in his career this season (8.4) and is shooting what would be a career-worst 40% from the floor.
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