The Golden State Warriors will take on the Oklahoma City Thunder for their first of five games on this road trip. The Warriors enter the game with a four game win streak with the hopes of extending it to five. The two teams are on completely different pages as the Warriors are rolling right now while the Oklahoma City Thunders are just trying to survive until their superstars return from injuries.
The Thunder are struggling without their stars; they boast an underachieving 3-11 record. They will try to avoid their sixth consecutive loss. Offensively, they rank 29th in the league with a measly 89.9 points per game. The Warriors defense will cause tons of problems for the injury struck Thunder.
Players To Watch
With both Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook out, the Thunder have turned to Reggie Jackson to lead the team. Jackson is averaging an impressive 19.9 points, 7.7 assists, and 4.8 rebounds per game. Jackson’s largest problem is his inefficacy. He’s a chucker and with little help, will continue to jack up a lot of shots. It’ll be fun to see Jackson square off with the league’s top point guard Stephen Curry.
Ibaka has also gotten a boost with the absence of the first two options. Last season, he debuted his newest weapon, his three point shot. This season, he’s already attempted the same amount of three point shots and making 38 percent of them. The athletic shot blocker and dunker may pose as a problem for the Warriors big men.
Keys To Victory
Push The Pace
If it’s not broken, don’t fix it. The Warriors have been great in transition. They’re young and athletic enough to get out to get quick scores. This is their strength and they will need to get out and run. The Thunder’s bench is quite limited with all the injuries they’ve been dealt. Without depth, it’ll be nearly impossible for the Thunder to keep up with the Dubs.
Andre Iguodala showed up against the Jazz and provided the hay-maker off the bench. He led the team with 17 points on 7-8 shooting. With Iggy playing well, the Warriors have non stop weapons. On top of all that, he only played 25 minutes. Contenders or pretenders? Iguodala will be the determining factor for the Warriors.