Jan 17, 2012; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving (2) commits a turnover against Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) in the fourth quarter at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Warriors Begin Road Trip with Matchup vs. Cavaliers: Game Preview

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It’s the start of a long seven-game road trip for the Golden State Warriors as they take on the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday afternoon at the Quicken Loans Arena.

The Warriors are riding high, winners of four straight and jumping back into the playoff picture. They may get a chance to pad their record on this upcoming road trip and gain further separation from .500.

Tale of the Tape

Warriors

  • Points per game: 103.0 (11th)
  • Field goal percentage: 46.2% (8th)
  • 3-point percentage: 40.3% (T-1st)
  • Opponents’ field goal percentage: 42.9% (3rd)
  • Rebounds per game: 45.2 (4th)
  • Turnovers: 16.9 (29th) 

Cavaliers

  • Points per game: 96.5 (23rd)
  • Field goal percentage: 46.4% (8th)
  • 3-point percentage: 35.1% (18th)
  • Opponents’ field goal percentage: 45.4% (T-10th)
  • Rebounds per game: 43.6 (12th)
  • Turnovers: 14.6 (14th)

Trap Game?

Let’s not deny it: we’re all looking forward to the Warriors vs. Heat game on Thursday. What’s not to like? A fun, exciting team to watch in the Warriors facing off against the defending champions who are probably still a little ticked off at how the Warriors stole a victory on the road from them last season?

The Warriors can’t be thinking about Thursday night’s game. Today is Sunday, and they still have two more games in between now and then. Yes, they are facing off against two inferior opponents in the Cavaliers and Magic, but that’s exactly why the term “trap game” was created.

Cleveland is a dangerous team with a superstar in the making in Kyrie Irving, and other players who will burn the Warriors if Golden State doesn’t bring its “A-game.”

Jarrett Jack 

A year ago, Jarrett Jack was one of the Warriors’ centerpieces, an important sparkplug off the bench who single-handedly won a few games for the Warriors. He played a key role in the Warriors’ march to the playoffs and their return to relevancy.

One year later, Jack is a backup point guard in Cleveland, on a struggling team that just suspended its own center. See what happens when you chase the money over a chance to contend?

Nonetheless, the Warriors know all too well what Jack is capable of in terms of being extremely streaky and his ability to create and extend plays. They’ll have to stop their former teammate 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.

CLE: None.

Probable Starters

GOLDEN STATE (18-13)

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

CLEVELAND (10-19)

  • F Earl Clark
  • F Tristan Thompson
  • C Anderson Varejao
  • G C.J. Miles
  • G Kyrie Irving

Game Info

Time: 3:00 PST

Location: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH

TV: LOCAL

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