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OKC Thunder | Game # 16 Preview: Warriors

Zachary Low

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Tip-Off: 9:30 PM CT

Location: Chase Center (San Francisco, California)

Television: Fox Sports Oklahoma, NBA TV

Radio: WWLS 98.1FM OKC The Sports Animal

Twitter: Follow @TheThunderGuys for live-tweets during the game

The Oklahoma City Thunder (5-10) continued to stay close but end up with a loss as they fell 130-127 to the LA Lakers (14-2) on Friday night, and for the time being, OKC just can’t seem to get over that hump.

“It’s stupid,” said Thunder point guard Chris Paul. “I don’t know if that’s the right word but it’s stupid. We’ve got to figure it out.”

Tonight, OKC has a chance to grab what should be an easy win as they take on the Golden State Warriors (3-14) at the Chase Center in San Francisco, California. The Thunder is 2-0 against the Warriors so far this season, and Golden State currently sits at the bottom of the Western Conference.

After 3 consecutive losses decided by 5 points or fewer—making 7 such games on the season—Oklahoma City could use a win tonight to get the ball rolling in a better direction.

Projected Starters

Thunder

  • PG: Chris Paul
  • SG: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
  • SF: Terrance Ferguson
  • PF: Danilo Gallinari
  • C: Steven Adams

Warriors

  • PG: Ky Bowman
  • SG: Alec Burks
  • SF: Glenn Robinson III
  • PF: Eric Paschall
  • C: Willie Cauley-Stein

Injuries

Thunder

  • Hamidou Diallo (hyperextended right elbow, sprain) is OUT.
  • Andre Roberson (return to play management) is OUT.

Warriors

  • Steph Curry (left hand fracture) is OUT.
  • Jacob Evans III (left abductor strain) is OUT.
  • Draymond Green (right heel soreness) is QUESTIONABLE.
  • Damion Lee (right hand non-displaced fracture) is OUT.
  • Kevon Looney (neuropathy) is OUT.
  • D’Angelo Russell (right thumb sprain) is OUT.
  • Alen Smailagić (right ankle sprain) is OUT.
  • Klay Thompson (left ACL rehabilitation) is OUT.

By the Numbers

  • 32.0: Percent from three that the Warriors are shooting so far this season (27th in the NBA)
  • 33.5: Percent from three that the Thunder is allowing so far this season (8th in the NBA)
  • 19.5: Number of fouls per game by the Warriors (5th in the NBA)
  • 23.1: Number of fouls drawn per game by the Thunder (7th in the NBA)
  • 115.9: Defensive rating by the Warriors (worst in the NBA)
  • -10.6: Net rating by the Warriors (worst in the NBA)
  • -0.4: Net rating by the Thunder (14th in the NBA, best among all teams with a losing record)

Head-to-Head

  • Since arriving in Oklahoma City in 2008, the Thunder is 21-20 against the Warriors in the regular season (14-7 at home, 7-13 on the road) and 3-4 in the playoffs (2-1 at home, 1-3 on the road).
  • Since arriving in Oklahoma City in 2008, the Thunder has won the season series with the Warriors 5 times, lost it 4 times, and tied twice.
  • Oklahoma City went 1-2 against Golden State last season (0-1 at home, 1-1 on the road).
  • The Thunder is 2-0 against the Warriors so far this season (2-0 at home, 0-0 on the road).

Game Notes

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