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Warriors hopes to build consistency against Phoenix

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Warriors hopes to build consistency against Phoenix

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. 

PROJECTED LINEUPS
Warriors
F Kevin Durant
F Draymond Green
C DeMarcus Cousins
G Klay Thompson
G Stephen Curry

Suns
F Dragan Bender
F Kelly Oubre Jr.
C Deandre Ayton
G Tyler Johnson
G Devin Booker

INJURY REPORT
Warriors: C Andrew Bogut (personal reasons) out, Damian Jones (left pectoral surgery) 

Suns: None.

ROTATION OUTLOOK

Warriors: 

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. 

Suns

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)

Warriors GM Bob Myers discusses high school Hall of Fame induction

Warriors GM Bob Myers discusses high school Hall of Fame induction

Believe it or not, Warriors general manager Bob Myers was once the worst player on his basketball team. That was at UCLA, but in his defense, he was one of the stand-outs in high school.

He was a star for the Monte Vista Mustangs and was recently part of the first Athletic Hall of Fame class.

Before the dinner honoring the group of inductees, he told his kids that he was being honored for being a good player, and they poked fun at him as they were confused about him being referred to as a talented athlete.

"But I'm in man, I got in -- they can't take it away," Myers told NBC Sports Bay Area's Bob Fitzgerald and Kelenna Azubuike during Friday's Warriors-Lakers telecast. 

His former school honored him with a plaque that he's sporting on his dashboard. He also got a license plate frame.

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Fitzgerald said he will be calling Myers "Hall of Famer" for the rest of the year.

Suppose that means it was worth it.

Warriors GM Bob Myers breaks down what Marquese Chriss brings to team

Warriors GM Bob Myers breaks down what Marquese Chriss brings to team

Marquese Chriss hasn't wasted any time adjusting to the Warriors after being acquired in October.

"He's done a nice job, he's played in the five -- I don't think he's played a ton of five, screen-setting, just the littlest things," general manager Bob Myers told NBC Sports Bay Area's Bob Fitzgerald and Kelenna Azubuike during Friday's Warriors-Lakers telecast. "Changing his angle on the screens, he's learned to play off these guys."

"Sometimes you need a bit of a wakeup call to just start doing the little things."

The little things the big man has been working on stretch beyond his playing ability. Young Chriss, at just 22 years old, has already been on four teams in three years if you include the Dubs.

When he was brought in, he was viewed as someone to not only make an impact now but down the line.

The team hadn't had a high draft pick in several years and to get someone of his age and caliber is the perfect addition to the roster as Kerr explained after acquiring Chriss

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Chriss looks forward to making a comeback after being plagued with a history of injuries. And the Warriors appear to be happy with the gamble they took. But time will tell.