Dec 15, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) dribbles the ball as Phoenix Suns guard Goran Dragic (1) chases in the first half at US Airways Center. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports

Warriors Take on Upstart Suns: Game Preview

The Phoenix Suns are a little like the Golden State Warriors of last season: a young team that runs the floor, shoots threes at a high percentage, and has surpassed expectations.

Indeed, the Suns (17-10) are one slot ahead of the Warriors (17-13) in the Western Conference as the two teams get ready to square off on Friday night at Oracle Arena in the Warriors’ final home game of 2013.

Tale of the Tape

Warriors

  • Points per game: 102.6 (11th)
  • Field goal percentage: 45.9% (9th)
  • 3-point percentage: 40.3% (2nd)
  • Opponents’ field goal percentage: 43.1% (5th)
  • Rebounds per game: 45.1 (5th)
  • Turnovers: 16.7 (29th) 

Suns

  • Points per game: 103.8 (T-7th)
  • Field goal percentage: 46.4% (8th)
  • 3-point percentage: 38.4% (5th)
  • Opponents’ field goal percentage: 44.4% (10th)
  • Rebounds per game: 42.9 (T-14th)
  • Turnovers: 15.3 (25th)

Similarities

You can help but notice how similar these two teams are. Just by taking a look at the basic stats above, they score a similar amount of points per game, shoot at relatively the same percentage, light it up from beyond the arc, and turn the ball over frequently.

Last Time Out

The last time these two teams met was in Phoenix on Dec. 15, and the Suns were able to come away with a 106-102 victory in a game where they led most of the way and withstood a late comeback attempt by the Warriors. However, it should be worth noting that the Warriors were without Andre Iguodala, who they will have the services of tonight.

Injury Report

GSW: Festus Ezeli (recovery from right knee surgery), Ognjen Kuzmic (fifth metacarpal fracture, right hand) and Jermaine O’Neal (right wrist surgery) are out.

PHX: Emeka Okafor (herniated disc) and Alex Len (sore left ankle) are out.

Good to Know

– The Warriors had won six games in a row against the Suns before losing to them earlier this month. They still have a four-game win streak at home versus Phoenix.

– Warriors’ assistant coach Lindsey Hunter was the interim head coach of the Suns last season for the final 41 games before being replaced by current coach Jeff Hornacek. Perhaps Hunter will offer the Warriors some insight into his former team.

Probable Lineups

GOLDEN STATE (17-13)

  • F Andre Iguodala
  • F David Lee
  • C Andrew Bogut
  • G Klay Thompson
  • G Stephen Curry

Phoenix Suns (17-10)

  • F P.J. Tucker
  • F Channing Frye
  • C Miles Plumlee
  • G Goran Dragic
  • G Eric Bledsoe

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