Preview: Lakers at Warriors
The Golden State Warriors have gotten used to playing against Lebron James on Christmas Day, but this time he’ll be in a different uniform. The Warriors will try to get the better of James for the second straight time on Christmas when they host the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday.
Golden State faced James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the last four NBA Finals but will be seeing him for the first time in a Lakers uniform during the regular season on Tuesday. “I really don’t give a damn about him being in a Laker uniform,” Warriors forward Draymond Green told reporters. “That really doesn’t matter to me. That is the team he is on and that is who we face. It obviously is going to be a tough challenge, they are playing well.” James and Los Angeles dropped four of their last six and are coming off a 107-99 loss to Memphis as they try to build a team that can compete with the Warriors in the West. “We can’t measure ourselves versus them,” James told reporters of Golden State. “That’s a team that’s won three out of four championships, the last four years. You can’t measure yourself versus them.”
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ABOUT THE LAKERS (19-14): Los Angeles is trying to build a championship roster around James and is looking for consistent effort out of the role players on both ends of the floor. “We lost because we stopped playing defense,” Lakers coach Luke Walton told reporters after the loss to the Grizzlies. “They scored 35 (points in the fourth quarter) and we went under on (Mike) Conley on a three and we switched out to Conley and we weren’t up to the level of the three. So, it’s things that we know better and we can control that cost us and caused us to lose that game.” James recorded team highs of 22 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists in the setback and is averaging 27.6 points, 8.2 boards and 7.2 assists.
ABOUT THE WARRIORS (23-11): Golden State remains the team to beat in the West and knocked off another team from Los Angeles at home with a 129-127 win over the Clippers on Sunday, led by 42 points from superstar Stephen Curry and 35 from fellow former MVP Kevin Durant. “It’s incredible to play with those guys,” Green told reporters of Curry and Durant. “I try to be a leader out there and a coach on the floor. When I have to call a play it’s very easy, give the ball to one of them two and let them do what they do on a nightly basis. They are a big part of the reason we’ve had the success we’ve had.” Curry and Durant are averaging a combined 58.2 points and 11.3 assists.
1. Lakers Cs Tyson Chandler (back) and JaVale McGee (illness) both sat out Sunday and are questionable for Tuesday.
2. Warriors SG Klay Thompson is 7-of-36 from 3-point range over the last six games.
3. Golden State took the last seven in the series.