Preview: Warriors at Spurs
The San Antonio Spurs will try to bounce back from a winless three-game road trip against the top team in their conference when they host the Golden State Warriors on Sunday. A 116-111 loss at the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday capped the Spurs’ 0-3 swing, and they are in danger of falling below .500 – a place they haven’t been since starting the 2015-16 season 0-1.
“Everybody on this team hates losing,” San Antonio guard DeMar DeRozan told reporters. “We want to figure it out as quick as possible. We want to get on top of this thing and get rolling.” This marks the first meeting of the season between the two teams that have accounted for the last six Western Conference crowns. The Warriors have lost two in a row for the first time this season after falling 112-109 at Dallas on Saturday, which left the defending champs with a 4-4 road mark. Leading scorer Stephen Curry (groin) missed his fifth straight game while forward Draymond Green (toe) also was sidelined and already has been ruled out for this contest.
TV: 7 p.m. ET, NBA TV, NBCS Bay Area (Golden State), FS Southwest (San Antonio)
ABOUT THE WARRIORS (12-5): Kevin Durant (32 points) and Klay Thompson (22) accounted for roughly half of Golden State’s points Saturday, but they were a combined 2-for-15 from 3-point range. The other three starters combined for only 13 points while four reserves totaled 42 on 16-of-28 shooting. Guard Quinn Cook led that quartet with 15 points and is averaging 15.1 over his last seven games while making 55.9 percent from long range.
ABOUT THE SPURS (7-7): DeRozan scored 34 points in the loss to the Clippers while star forward LaMarcus Aldridge continued his offensive woes with 10 points on 3-of-15 shooting. The six-time All-Star is averaging 12.6 points – more than 10 below his average in 2017-18 – while shooting 32.4 percent over his last five games. “He’s going to figure it out,” DeRozan told reporters of Aldridge. “His whole career, he’s been a scorer, shooter. That don’t go nowhere. I see guys at 70 years old … (Shooting) is the last thing that goes. It’s definitely going to come back around.”
1. Spurs C Pau Gasol (foot) is expected to miss his sixth straight game and SF Davis Bertans will sit this one out after being placed in the league’s concussion protocol.
2. Durant averaged 28.2 points and 8.6 rebounds in the playoffs against the Spurs last season.
3. Golden State averaged 114.7 points in three regular-season wins over San Antonio in 2017-18 and then was held to a season-low 75 in its one loss to the Spurs.