Following a bounce back win over the Nuggets Friday evening, the Warriors hope they can build consistency down the stretch with a win over the feisty Suns
Coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 4:00 with Warriors Outsiders, followed by Warriors Pregame at 4:30 and a 5:30 tipoff from Oracle Arena.
While the Suns own the worst record in the league, they've played well of late, winning four of their last six games entering Sunday. Though Phoenix has lost all three to Golden State, they've played the champs honest, averaging 124 points per contest.
If the Warriors want to prove they've grown from last season's 7-10 regular season, a win over the Suns Sunday afternoon would be a good start. Fortunately for Golden State, they own an 18-game winning streak over Phoenix.
F Kevin Durant
F Draymond Green
C DeMarcus Cousins
G Klay Thompson
G Stephen Curry
F Dragan Bender
F Kelly Oubre Jr.
C Deandre Ayton
G Tyler Johnson
G Devin Booker
Warriors: C Andrew Bogut (personal reasons) out, Damian Jones (left pectoral surgery)
Golden will be wise to get off to a good start Sunday afternoon. Friday's win was the first in their last five games they took a lead into the second quarter.
A good start would be aided by a good defensive effort by the Warriors, who held the Nuggets to just XX percent from the field two nights ago. Golden State will also look to cut down on its turnovers after giving up 29 points on XX giveaways against Denver.
Following his performance Friday, Thompson is now just six 3-pointers away from 200 for the season, which would make him just the second player in NBA history to have seven straight seasons of 200 or more 3-pointers in a season, joining his teammate Curry.
DeAndre Ayton has had a fantastic rookie season, averaging 16 points, 10.3 rebounds and 1.9 assists. In his last game against the Dubs, Ayton poured in 23 points, adding 12 rebounds.
Aiding Ayton in the backcourt is star guard Devin Booker, who is averaging 24.9 points, 6.6 assist and four rebounds in his fourth season.
The deadline additions of Oubre, Jr and Johnson have fortified the Suns' youth movement, making Phoenix an intriguing team for the future.
Officials: James Williams (#60), Brian Forte (#45), Aaron Smith (#51)