SACRAMENTO -- The Warriors should see plenty of red as they stare at the purple of the Sacramento Kings when the teams meet Friday night at Golden 1 Center.
Coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 6:30, with tipoff scheduled for 7:35.
The Warriors (40-11) are coming off one of the most galling losses of the Steve Kerr era, a 129-99 mashing Tuesday in Utah. Furthermore, they surely remember their last game against Sacramento, when the lottery-bound Kings strolled into Oracle Arena on Nov. 27 and danced out with a 110-106 victory. That neither Stephen Curry nor Kevin Durant played did not assuage the Warriors.
They’ll be without Andre Iguodala, Shaun Livingston and David West on Friday.
The Kings (16-34) are on a bit of a roll, having won three of their last four games. They may get a boost from the return of coach Dave Joerger. Experiencing light-headedness, he dropped to the floor during the game Sunday in San Antonio and missed the next game, at New Orleans on Tuesday. Joerger was diagnosed with dehydration and said Thursday that he’ll be on the sideline Friday night.
Warriors by 13.5
MATCHUP TO WATCH
Stephen Curry vs. Da’Aaron Fox: Curry is the platinum standard for scoring point guards, but Fox is rapidly making a name for himself. The rookie from Kentucky has reached double-figures in scoring in five of his last six games, the lone exception being a game he left early with a minor injury. He’s averaging 18.3 points over his last three games. If Fox finds a way to offset Curry, it might be enough for the Kings to pull off the upset.
Warriors: F Jordan Bell (L ankle inflammation), F Andre Iguodala (rest), G Shaun Livingston (personal reasons), F/C David West (rest) are listed as out.
Kings: F Harry Giles (Bi-lateral knee rehab), F Skal Labissiere (L shoulder strain) and G Frank Mason III (R plantar fascia partial tear) are listed as out.
G Quinn Cook and C Damian Jones, both two-way players, were recalled from G-League Santa Cruz and will be with the team Friday night.
Zach Zarba (crew chief), Bennie Adams, Aaron Smith
The Warriors lost the first of four games this season, 110-106, on Nov. 27 in Oakland. The Warriors won three of four last season, have won 11 of 13 in the Steve Kerr era and 15 of the last 17 overall.
THREE THINGS TO WATCH
FIRE IN THEIR EYES: The Warriors were hard on themselves after their listless effort Tuesday in Utah, and the implication is that they want to make the next opponent pay. That opponent is here. If the Warriors come out of the locker room with the energy they vow to have, they could blow the Kings off the floor.
THE ROTATIONS: With their top three reserves (Igoudala, Livingston, West) out, the Warriors will have to experiment with dramatically different rotations. Those most likely to benefit, minutes-wise, are Omri Casspi, Kevon Looney, JaVale McGee and Nick Young. If the game is a blowout, Cook and Jones also could come off the bench.
THE SPARTANS: The Warriors’ Draymond Green and the Kings’ Zach Randolph, both Michigan State products, have had their share of battles in recent years. Though neither played particularly well in November, Randolph’s team earned the victory. Green measures his work not by his numbers but by the win-loss column. He’ll want to even the score.