OAKLAND -- The Warriors will be without veteran wing Andre Iguodala as they try to run their win streak to seven Thursday night, when they face the uncharacteristically reeling San Antonio Spurs at Oracle Arena.
The Warriors (50-14) are coming off a 114-101 win over Brooklyn in a game in which they blew a 21-point lead before coming back in the second half. Iguodala, who has been playing well, sustained a wrist injury in the first quarter but remained in the game.
Though the Spurs (37-27) have been without their best player, forward Kawhi Leonard, they are in place to secure their 21st consecutive playoff berth. They have stumbled lately, though, losing four of six since the All-Star break.
Warriors by 11.5
MATCHUP TO WATCH
Draymond Green & Co. vs. LaMarcus Aldridge: With Leonard missing 55 of San Antonio’s 64 games, Aldridge has done a fine job keeping the Spurs in the playoff race. He has been his team’s top scorer 44 times, more than anyone else on any team in the NBA. The Warriors will send a variety of defenders at Aldridge, with Green surely among them. Though Zaza Pachulia’s minutes are down (he’s averaged 9.2 mpg since the All-Star break), he’s also likely to also be in the defensive rotation.
Warriors: F/C David West (R arm cyst) is listed as doubtful. F Andre Igoudala (L wrist sprain), F/C Jordan Bell (R ankle sprain) and G Pat McCaw (L wrist fracture) are listed as out.
Spurs: C Pau Gasol (R AC sprain) and F Kawhi Leonard (injury management) are listed as out.
Warriors: 9-1. Spurs: 3-7.
Ed Malloy (crew chief), Rodney Mott, Gary Zielinski
The Warriors have won the first two of four meetings this season, 112-92, on Nov. 2 in San Antonio and 122-105 on Feb. 10 in Oakland. The Warriors lost two of three meetings last season and are 8-7 against the Spurs in the Steve Kerr era.
THREE THINGS TO WATCH
THE GIVEAWAYS: The Warriors can’t seem to go too long without giving opponents easy points with turnovers; the Nets rang up 20 on Tuesday. Only three teams allow more points via turnover. The Warriors know the Spurs don’t beat themselves, so let’s see if they take care of the ball.
THE BENCHES: With both teams missing rotation players, both coaches will have to tinker with substitution patterns. San Antonio’s usually reliable bench has been dreadful since the break, 26th in defensive rating and 19th in offensive rating. The Warriors have been top-5 in both.
KLAY CHASING STEPH: Klay Thompson needs two 3-pointers to reach 200 for the season, which would make him only the second player to drain at least 200 triples in six different seasons. The only other player to do so is teammate Stephen Curry, who accomplished the feat last week.