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Nov 8, 2013; San Antonio, TX, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (top) drives to the basket as San Antonio Spurs forward Aron Baynes (left) defends during the second half at AT&T Center. The Spurs won 76-74. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

Golden State Warriors Take on NBA-Best Spurs at Oracle: Game Preview

UPDATE: Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobli will not play for the Spurs tonight:

Less than a year ago, the San Antonio Spurs ended the Golden State Warriors’ season with a win a Oracle Arena in Game 6 of the Western Conference Semifinals, eliminating them from the playoffs.

Nonetheless, it was a hard-fought series, with the up-and-coming Warriors giving the Spurs everything they could handle. On Saturday night, the two squads will battle in regular season play at Oracle Arena.

As is usually the case, it will be a challenge for the Warriors to trump the Spurs, who have the league’s best record at 52-16 and have won 11 straight games. Their big three of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, and Manu Ginboli continue to prove everyone wrong, as the ageless wonders are rolling towards another outstanding season.

The Warriors, meanwhile, have won three in a row, but the last two have come against far inferior teams in the Magic and Bucks. There’s no question that they will have to step their game up and be close to flawless if they want to defeat the Spurs.

Tale of the Tape

Warriors

  • Points per game: 103.7 (11th)
  • Field-goal percentage: 46.0% (9th)
  • Three-point percentage: 37.6% (6th)
  • Defensive field-goal percentage: 43.5% (T-3rd)
  • Rebounds per game: 45.2 (5th)
  • Turnovers: 15.1 (T-26th)

Spurs:

  • Points per game: 105.4 (6th)
  • Field-goal percentage: 49.1% (2nd)
  • Three-point percentage: 40.1% (1st)
  • Defensive field-goal percentage: 44.5% (8th)
  • Rebounds per game: 43.0 (T-15th)
  • Turnovers: 14.4 (T-18th)

History Says

Via Warriors.com notes:

  • The Spurs defeated the Warriors, 4-2, in the Western Conference Semifinals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs… Only the eventual-champion Miami Heat and the Warriors beat the Spurs in the postseason.
  • The Warriors split the season series with the Spurs in 2012-13 after being swept by San Antonio in the previous four seasons.
  • San Antonio has taken 50 of the last 58 games against Golden State. They have beaten the Warriors twice this season.

Injury Report

GSW: Andre Iguodala (right knee tendinitis) and Festus Ezeli (recovery from right knee surgery) are out. Nemanja Nedovic is on assignment with the Santa Cruz Warriors of the D-League.

SAN: Austin Daye is out.

Probable Starters

GOLDEN STATE (44-26)

  • F Harrison Barnes (9.5 PPG)
  • F David Lee (18.5 PPG)
  • C Andrew Bogut (7.8 PPG)
  • G Klay Thompson (18.2 PPG)
  • G Stephen Curry (23.4 PPG)

SAN ANTONIO (52-16) 

  • F Kawhi Leonard (12.2 PPG)
  • F Tim Duncan (15.0 PPG)
  • C Tiago Splitter (8.3 PPG)
  • G Danny Green (8.6 PPG)
  • G Tony Parker (17.6 PPG)

Game Info

Tip-off: 7:30 PM PST

Location: Oracle Arena, Oakland, CA

TV: LOCAL

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