The Golden State Warriors will be out for a quick dose of revenge when they host the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday, having lost the teams’ first meeting at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse last Sunday.
On the back of 31 points from Donovan Mitchell and some stifling interior defense from twin towers Evan Mobley and Jarrett Allan, the Cavaliers proved too good in a 115-104 victory on their home floor.
The Golden State Warriors will be boosted by the return of a pair of key defensive players against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday.
Coming off a last start loss to the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday night, the 6-3 Warriors will be looking to get their six-game home-stand off to a positive start. Their chances of that have been improved with news that Draymond Green and Gary Payton II will return after being unavailable for the matchup in Denver.
Green had a productive offensive outing against the Cavaliers last Sunday, recording 18 points and eight assists in just under 30 minutes. Payton’s elite perimeter defense will also be vitally important in trying to combat the dynamic nature of Mitchell and Darius Garland.
Golden State’s injury report is completely clean, while Cleveland will be missing a host of players but will have their entire starting lineup at their disposal. The visitors will be without Ty Jerome, Sam Merrill, Isaac Okoro, Isaiah Mobley and Ricky Rubio.
Golden State shot just 36.2% from the floor in the teams’ first matchup, despite making 16 of their 41 (39%) three-point attempts. Superstar Stephen Curry had 28 points on 8-16 shooting and 7-11 from deep, but the Warriors failed to find enough scoring elsewhere in the 11-point loss.
Klay Thompson, Andrew Wiggins and Chris Paul combined for just 10-33 shooting, with Steve Kerr undoubtedly looking for more production from the trio as Golden State seek their seventh win for the season.
The Cavaliers are coming off a high-scoring 128-120 defeat at the hands of the Oklahoma City Thunder at Paycom Center on Wednesday. Cleveland were unable to limit Thunder star Shai Gilgeous-Alexander who went off for 43 points on just 22 shots.
The Cavaliers will be motivated to respond from an underwhelming start to the season, currently sitting 12th in the Eastern Conference with a 3-5 record through eight games.
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