OAKLAND -- The Warriors will be without Draymond Green when they conclude their pre-All-Star break home schedule Monday night against the struggling Phoenix Suns at Oracle Arena.
In a 122-105 win over San Antonio on Saturday, the Warriors (43-13) showed signs of emerging from a stretch of desultory performances. With two games remaining before the break, the goal is to take a four-game victory into the break.
The Suns (18-39) have lost five in a row and 10 of their last 11. They are on pace to post four straight losing seasons for the first time in 30 years. They’ve missed the playoffs in each of the last seven seasons, the longest such streak in the history of the 49-year-old franchise.
Warriors by 15.5
MATCHUP TO WATCH
Andre Iguodala & Co. vs. T.J. Warren: Though he toils in the shadow of guard Devin Booker, Warren is himself a threat. He’s averaging 19.7 points per game and shooting 50.5 percent from the field. With Green out, Iguodala is the likely replacement in the starting lineup. Even if coach Steve Kerr decides otherwise, the Warriors will give Warren different defensive looks.
Warriors: G Pat McCaw (L thumb sprain) is listed as questionable. F Draymond Green (L index finger sprain) and F/C Jordan Bell (L ankle inflammation) are listed as out.
Suns: C Tyson Chandler (neck spasms) is listed as probable. G Tyler Ulis (low back discomfort) is listed as questionable. G Devin Booker (L hip pointer), G Brandon Knight (L ACL surgery) and F Alan Williams (R meniscus repair) are listed as out.
Warriors: 6-4. Suns: 1-9.
David Guthrie (crew chief), Mark Ayotte, CJ Washington
This is the first of four meetings this season between the teams. The Warriors won all four meetings last season, by an average of 14.2 points. They are 11-1 against Phoenix since Steve Kerr took over as coach in 2014-15.
THREE THINGS TO WATCH
KLAY CLOSES IN ON JBC: Klay Thompson has 9,962 points and needs 5 more to pass Joe Barry Carroll and move into 10th place on the franchise’s all-time scoring list. Thompson is 38 points away from 10,000 career points.
THE SPRINTS: The Warriors play at the second-fastest pace in the NBA, just ahead of the No. 3 Suns. The uptempo pace factors into the fact that both teams average more than 15 turnovers per game. The Warriors, however, are vastly more explosive.
THE 150 POSSIBILITY: Several members of the Warriors believe they can, under the right conditions, score 150 points. Such conditions exist on Monday. The All-Star beckons, the Suns are the worst defensive team in the league, the pace allows for a high amount of possessions and the Warriors’ scorers are healthy.