Still smarting from road losses to the Blazers and Timberwolves, the Warriors (51-16) are extremely shorthanded as they’ll face their Pacific Division rivals without Stephen Curry (right ankle), Klay Thompson (fractured thumb, out 2-4 weeks) and Draymond Green (right shoulder).
The Lakers (31-36) are not only coming off a grueling 112-103 win over the Nuggets on Tuesday night, they’ll be without Brandon Ingram (strained groin) and Kyle Kouzma (ankle) as they try to avoid being swept by the Warriors for the first time since 1994.
Kuzma and Julius Randle each scored 26 points Tuesday in the victory over Denver. Isaiah Thomas will start in the backcourt for the Lakers with Kuzma out.
The Warriors have won all three meetings, including a 116-114 overtime win on Dec. 18 in Los Angeles and a 113-106 win in Oakland on Dec. 22.
The Warriors will be without their Splash Brothers for at least the next four games as it certainly appears Golden State will not be the top seed in the Western Conference for the first time in four seasons.
Here are the projected starting lineups:
C Zaza Pachulia
PF Kevon Looney
SF Kevin Durant
SG Nick Young
PG Quinn Cook
C Brook Lopez
PF Julius Randle
SF Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
SG Isaiah Thomas
PG Lonzo Ball
Livingston with 9 off the bench, on 4-4 shooting…GSW 37 LAL 28, 7:21 left in 2nd..Bench scoring 17-2 favoring the WarriorsFirst Quarter Box Score https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DYTFyUVUQAEY96r.jpgOld school basketball here in Oracle as both teams have combined to go 3/18 from three-point range.There was a moment where I thought McGee was going to be able to go full court and finish the play after the block.Play this over the Warriors-Lakers game: youtube.com/watch?v=MK6TXM…Livingston banks it in while drawing the foul!
Lakers trying to hang with the champs with a lineup of three point guards (Ball, Thomas, Caruso) and two centers (Zubac, Lopez).Huddle up #LakeShow https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DYTHlRKU0AA1CNz.jpg Lonzo freezes ’em with the jab step and finishes with the floater!How many times will we hear “No steph, klay and dray tonight”?… Game within the game, keep trackShaun Livingston very aggressive tonight. He’s a dependable vet that knows when to turn it up.https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DYTHFraUMAAq1vr.jpgGod **** these lineups and this game are uglyMy hope for the rest of the Warriors season: we get a “no” on an in-stadium proposal.First Quarter Box Score https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DYTFyUVUQAEY96r.jpgGSW 26 LAL 23 end of one, Lopez has 9 for LA while Durant has 10..GSW shooting 45.5%Derrick Williams flushes it home for his first points as a Laker #LakeShow (: @SpectrumSN , @spectdeportes & ESPN)
A back-and-forth opening quarter in the Bay.
Brook Lopez leads with 9 pts, 3 reb & 3 blk. https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DYTFI1PUQAAp062.jpghttps://pbs.twimg.com/media/DYTFIu9U8AAwMYm.jpgFirst #LakeShow bucket for @DWXXIII https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DYTFOGkV4AAGubv.jpgAfter 1 quarter: Warriors 26, Lakers 23. KD has 10 points, more than twice as much as any of his teammates.Warriors have a 26-23 first-quarter lead over the Lakers. Kevin Durant unsurprisingly leading the way with 10 points on 4-of-6 shooting.26-23 Warriors after one quarter. BTW, the Sharks are playing the Oilers on NBCSN-California if your eyes are currently bleeding.Travel or nah?
Jordan Bell showed some hustle trying to save a loose ball, but he went a few rows up into the stands. Lots of hard concrete there. Not good for a ankle that just healedA great pass from Isaiah Thomas off a pretty dribble move got Derrick Williams an uncontested dunk. LAL trail 24-23 late in the 1st Q.“What the Heck?”- JB… same
Looked like Andre Iguodala was expecting a foul call on that last layup attempt. Instead, no foul is called and Iguodala winds up jumping out of bounds for the Warriors 4th turnover.GSW 24 LAL 20, 2:21 left in 1st, Lakers call timeThis is so cool twitter.com/jadande/status…Kevin Durant’s reaction when he’s called for carrying this season: Derrick Williams first attempt as a Lakers is promptly tossed into the stands by JaVale McGeeJaVale Anytime you can make a bounce pass directly into a teammate’s legs, you gotta do it.
LAL 20 GSW 18, 4;31 left in 1st quarter, Jordan Bell back on the floorYoung out there doing a whole lot of weird stuffJulius Randle is the truth, man. The Lakers can not let him go under any circumstances this summer.Derrick Williams at the table to check in. Will soon make his Lakers debut.You have to shoot your way out of a two-way. twitter.com/BontaHill/stat…Jordan Bell is the first sub tonight, replacing Kevon Looney.Brook Lopez hustles back on defense for his second block of the game #LakeShow (: @SpectrumSN , @spectdeportes & ESPN)
Kevon Looney hit a 14-foot jumper. The Warriors’ offensive worries are over!GSW 14 LAL 13 , 6:45 left in first, Durant has 8 and the Warriors have 10 points in the paint.Kevin Durant is carrying the load offensively for the Warriors, scoring eight points in the first five minutes. Warriors up 14-13 to start.Kevin Durant is carrying the load offensively for the Warriors, scoring eight points in the first five minutes. Warriors up 14-13 to start.A quick 7-0 LAL run, featuring 2 blocks from Lopez on defense and 3 points from Randle, have LAL up 13-12 despite a… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…OKAY WOOKIE! idk how he gets so many blocks….can’t jump over a broomstickKevon Looney is making his fifth career start (first this season).Until then, I’ll enjoy his court vision and defensive potential and continue to short his “superstar” stock.LPEZ SAYS NI’ve never met a good shooter who is bad at the free-throw line. Lonzo Ball came into today’s game as shooting 46.6 percent from the line. When that gets to 75 percent, I’ll take him seriouslyKD with the hoop and the harm
Quinn Cook — who I noted a few games ago isn’t big enough to be a reliable NBA player (you can’t be that small on defense) — is TOWERING over Isaiah Thomas.Julius Randle wasting no time getting to the rack Why Steve Kerr looks at Klay Thompson’s injury as a “positive” bayareane.ws/2Ds9GLtWhy Steve Kerr looks at Klay Thompson’s injury as a “positive” bayareane.ws/2Ds9GLtKevon Looney is making his fifth career start (first this season).Game. On #DubNation Ball is up. #LakeShow Just about ready to go #LakeShow https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DYS9BRYU0AAtTuY.jpgReady for tip #LakeShow https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DYS-W9pVoAAYm0_.jpgWait the Warriors are 6-point favorites in this game?Why Steve Kerr looks at Klay Thompson’s injury as a “positive” bayareane.ws/2Ds9GLtIT getting his first start as a Laker #SuitingUpTogether
Ha! Love you @geeter3 ! But I gotta join the show next time! twitter.com/geeter3/status…Tonight’s starters: GSW – Cook, Young, Durant, Looney, Pachulia; LAL – Ball, Thomas, Caldwell-Pope, Randle, LopezIT3⃣ #LakeShow
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on.nba.com/2FAC4RlSurprised the 49ers haven’t been linked with Tahir Whitehead. Thought he was pretty good as a Will for the Lions last year.Lol hire better graphics people twitter.com/espn/status/97…Dubs welcome the Lakers to Oracle for some midweek hoop action. @warriorsvox sets the scene soundcloud.com/warriors/vs-la…Tonight’s starters: GSW – Cook, Young, Durant, Looney, Pachulia; LAL – Ball, Thomas, Caldwell-Pope, Randle, LopezGreat to have Officer Williams from @FairfieldPolice here as my guest tonight watching Warriors vs Los Angeles. He has 3 youngsters from @pal_fairfield on hand.Dubs welcome the Lakers to Oracle for some midweek hoop action. @warriorsvox sets the scene soundcloud.com/warriors/vs-la…
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