The Golden State Warriors may have gotten off to a 5-3 start, but have yet to establish themselves as a legitimate contender. Coming into today, they have yet to beat one of the “top-tier” teams in the Western Conference, losing to the Clippers, Spurs, and Grizzlies. Sure, they played all three games on the road, but if they are to become one of the best in the West, they’ll have to start winning some of these games.
They will get another shot tonight, as the Warriors will take on the Oklahoma City Thunder (5-2) at Oracle Arena.
Last Time Out
The Thunder played last night, losing to the Clippers 111-103 on the road. Despite building up a nine-point lead at halftime, the Thunder could not maintain the advantage. Kevin Durant led all scorers with 33 points, Russell Westbrook chipped in 19 points, and Serge Ibaka was a perfect 6-of-6 from the field with 13 points.
As for the Warriors, they are coming off a 113-95 rout of the Pistons on Tuesday. Stephen Curry led the way with 25 points, while Jermaine O’Neal chipped in 17 points off the bench. It was that kind of night for the Warriors (5-3), where their backup center played almost half the game thanks to their large lead.
Tale of the Tape
- Points per game: 103.9 (8th)
- Field goal percentage: 49.3% (2nd)
- 3-point percentage: 43.7% (2nd)
- Points allowed per game: 96.1 (T-4th)
- Rebounds per game: 43.6% (13th)
- Points per game: 102.8 (11th)
- Field goal percentage: 43.7% (18th)
- 3-point percentage: 27.1% (28th)
- Points allowed per game: 100.3 (T-13th)
- Rebounds per game: 47.0 (2nd)
“We’re 0-3 against some of our ‘foes’ at the top of the Western Conference,” Jermaine O’Neal told the San Jose Mercury News. “So it’s important to come out and have a good showing on our home court. It’s time for us … we’ve been there. We have to find a way to win games against teams I’m sure we’re going to see in the playoffs.”
Golden State Warriors
- PG Stephen Curry
- SG Klay Thompson
- SF Andre Iguodala
- PF David Lee
- C Andrew Bogut
Oklahoma City Thunder
- PG Russell Westbrook
- SG Thabo Sefolosha
- SF Kevin Durant
- PF Serge Ibaka
- C Steven Adams
Location: Oracle Arena (Oakland, CA)
Tickets: Warriors tickets
Radio: KNBR (Warriors), WWLS 98.1FM (Thunder)
Topics: Golden State Warriors