May 2, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry (30) dribbles against Denver Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson (3, left) during the first quarter of game six of the first round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Warriors Take On Nuggets After Lengthy Time Off: Game Preview


It’s Harrison Barnes bobblehead night, the first game in four days, and a rematch of an exciting playoff series from last season, yet not all the buzz is centered on the actual game itself tonight.

The acquisition of guards Jordan Crawford and MarShon Brooks from the Boston Celtics on Wednesday has Warrior Nation salivating over the bench upgrade. However, fans will have wait to see the newest Warriors in action, as neither Crawford nor Brooks is expected to be in uniform tonight.

Instead, all we can concentrate on for now is the actual game itself: the Golden State Warriors will take on the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday night at Oracle Arena as the Warriors look to continue their winning ways.

Golden State has won 11 of its last 12 games, coming off of a lengthy road trip which saw them go 6-1 and build a season-high win-streak of 10 games.

Tale of the Tape

Warriors

  • Points per game: 103.3 (8th)
  • Field goal percentage: 46.3% (7th)
  • 3-point percentage: 43.0% (T-3rd)
  • Opponents’ field goal percentage: 43.0% (T-3rd)
  • Rebounds per game: 46.5 (3rd)
  • Turnovers: 16.8 (29th)

Nuggets

  • Points per game: 102.6 (11th)
  • Field goal percentage: 42.5% (27th)
  • 3-point percentage: 44.8% (15th)
  • Opponents’ field goal percentage: 44.3% (T-6th)
  • Rebounds per game: 46.2 (4th)
  • Turnovers: 14.2 (T-11th)

Playoff Rematch

The last time the Nuggets came to Oakland, the Warriors knocked them out of the playoffs with a Game 6 home victory, advancing to the second round. It was hard fought playoff series, but it was the Warriors who pulled off the upset.

Injury Report

GSW: Festus Ezeli (recovery from right knee surgery) and Jermaine O’Neal (right wrist surgery) are out.

DEN: Wilson Chandler (left hip strain) and Anthony Randolph (left ankle sprain) are game-time decisions. Danilo Gallinari (left knee ACL tear) and Javale McGee (left tibia stress fracture) are out.

Different Nuggets Team

The Nuggets also had Andre Iguodala as a crucial part of their team last season, but Iguodala (the “Mole”) bolted in the offseason to sign a lucrative contract with the Warriors in free agency. Denver is also riddled with injuries. As listed above, key players in Chandler, Randolph, Gallinari, and McGee are all nursing injuries. Chandler and Randolph will be game-time decisions.

Nate Robinson, the former Warrior, will be returning to Oracle Arena in a Nuggets uniform tonight. The Warriors are well aware of how he can get hot in an instant, so they should try and stifle Robinson’s high-energy style of play off the bench.

And of course, instead of the experienced George Karl at the helm, it will be first-year head coach Brian Shaw leading the way for the Nuggets. Shaw has guided the Nuggets to a 19-18 record as they look to sneak into the playoffs.

Probable Lineups

GOLDEN STATE (25-14)

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

DENVER (19-18)

  • F Quincy Miller
  • F Kenneth Faried
  • C JJ Hickson
  • G Randy Foye
  • G Ty Lawson

Game Info

Time: 7:30 PST

Location: Oracle Arena, Oakland, CA

TV: ESPN, LOCAL

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