Golden State Warriors Return Home to Face Detroit Pistons: Game Preview

Mar 13, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors small forward Harrison Barnes (40) shoots the ball against Detroit Pistons shooting guard Kyle Singler (25) during the third quarter at Oracle Arena. The Golden State Warriors defeated the Detroit Pistons 105-97. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

The Golden State Warriors opened up the 2013-2014 season with five out of seven games on the road, and came out of it with a more than acceptable record of 4-3, considering that those three losses came against three legitimate contenders in the Clippers, Spurs, and Grizzlies.

Now, they will open up their first homestand of the season, starting with the Detroit Pistons tonight.

The Pistons loaded up in the offseason with the addition of Josh Smith and Brandon Jennings. Smith, Greg Monroe, and youngster Andre Drummond form a front court with plenty of firepower.

But Detroit has been scuffling early, with a 2-4 record and having lost three straight games. History is not in their favor tonight, as they have not won in Golden State since 2008.

Quick Keys to Victory

  • Stop Brandon Jennings: Jennings has been a thorn in the Warriors’ side ever since he came into the league, and he always seems to shoot lights-out against them. He recorded 51 points in two games against the Warriors last season with the Bucks, and we all remember his 55-point eruption in 2009. 
  • Get Out In Front Early: The Pistons have allowed 109.0 points per game during their three-game losing streak. They also have a tough time defending the 3-point shot, with opponents shooting at a 37.5% clip this season. Look for the likes of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson to take advantage of that and get the Warriors an early lead.

Notable Quote

We’ve got a tough one (against the Warriors). Another team that likes to shoot a lot of 3s. It’s going to be even tougher.

Probable Lineups

Golden State Warriors

  • PG Stephen Curry
  • SG Klay Thompson
  • SF Andre Iguodala
  • PF David Lee
  • C Andrew Bogut

Detroit Pistons

  • PG Brandon Jennings
  • SG Chauncey Billups
  • SF Josh Smith
  • PF Greg Monroe
  • C Andre Drummond

Game Information

Tip-off: 7:30 PM (PST)

Location: Oracle Arena (Oakland, CA)

TV: LOCAL (CSN Bay Area, FS Detroit)

Tickets: Warriors tickets

Radio: KNBR (Warriors), 97.1 FM The Ticket (Detroit)

Topics: Detroit Pistons, Golden State Warriors

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