Golden State comes into the contest with records of 33-9 straight up (SU) and 19-22-1 against the spread (ATS). That still leads Houston by 3 games in the West.
"I think they can play about any style they want with the amount of talent they have, even when they take out two guys that they're taking out", Los Angeles coach Doc Rivers said.
Maybe Steve Kerr should cool it with tongue-in-cheek predictions about how well opponents will fare against his Golden State Warriors. Other players have contributed more win shares than Williams over the course of the season, but have not had the same type of scoring output or they started more games.
At this stage of his career, while in a Thunder uniform, Kevin Durant had managed to average 28.6 ppg, on averages of 48.7%, 38.5%, and 88.3%, while competing in 98% of his team's games. Giannis Antetokounmpo has morphed into a superstar. The Warriors countered with Durant, who was superlative as always en route to 40 points on 14-18 shooting, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, a steal and a block, but got next to nothing out of the entire rest of the lineup.
But once he arrived in Oakland, and was put in de facto defensive coordinator Ron Adams' scheme, Durant blocked shots at a career high rate of 1.6 per game a year ago.
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- Zaza Pachulia is the only regular starter playing in Wednesday's matchup against the Clippers at Oracle, the Warriors announced.
Durant, from Maryland, went on to win most national player of the year awards and helped Texas to an NCAA appearance.
The Blazers used a big run to cut a 14-point deficit to three with about three minutes left.
Clippers guard Lou Williams, not so long ago the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year, exploded for 50 points.
PROTECT THE BALL: The Warriors are prone to turnovers, committing 15.6 per game; only the Lakers and 76ers commit more. The Warriors had their 5 game winning streak snapped.
As things stand, Curry and Durant look like All-Star locks. The point guard is scoring 27.9 points per game, while Durant is secnd with 34.6 per game.
The Warriors were missing their starting backcourt - Klay Thompson had the night off and Stephen Curry was out with a sprained right ankle. The Thunder would go on to push the defending champion Golden State Warriors to the brink of elimination during the conference round of the National Basketball Association playoffs.