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Warriors vs Lakers preview: 'Beat LA!' home opener

I don’t even know where to begin Warriors fans. I’M PUMPED! It’s the season home openers and we’re about to get this party started at the Roaracle against the 0-3 Lakers! Wait… what?! I’m sorry, I’m just not used to saying that. The Los Angeles Lakers come to town looking for their first win of the season and boy will they have their hands full against our “Full Squad” led by Stephen Curry and Coach Steve Kerr.

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Golden State Warriors
1-0 (0-0 home)
Los Angeles Lakers
0-3 (0-1 road)
November 1, 2014
Oracle Arena, Oakland, CA
7:40PM PT
CSN Bay Area | KNBR 1050 AM
Blog Buddy:
Projected Starters
Jeremy Lin G Stephen Curry
Kobe Bryant G Klay Thompson
Wesley Johnson F Harrison Barnes?
Carlos Boozer F Draymond Green
Jordan Hill C Andrew Bogut
Key Injuries
Ryan Kelly (hamstring)
Julius Randle (tibia fracture)
Nick Young (torn ligament)
David Lee - doubtful (hamstring)
Shaun Livingston - out (toe)
Brandon Rush - day to day
2013/14 Four Factors
.484 (23rd) 13.9 (16th) 27.8 (4th) .251 (3rd) OFF .462 (21st) 14.1% (11th) 25.4% (19th) .372 (6th)
.512 (21st) 12.7 (25th) 76.6 (3rd) .234 (24th) DEF .575 (27th) 14.9% (16th) 26.1% (13th) .496 (30th)

Keep an eye out on Kobe Bryant tonight. Regardless of LA's record, we can't count him out or afford to get him into any kind of hot streak. I got this feeling he's itching to spoil our opener after last nights game vs the Clippers! With Kobe's supporting cast short-handed, it's gonna be an uphill battle for the Lakers. I'm starting to see Jeremy LinCarlos Boozer finally mesh together that could spell trouble for us. Although their injury list doesn't help (Julius RandleRyan KellyNick Young are all side lined) LA is looking for a way to win.

The Golden State Warriors, on the other hand, look like the opposite of LA's woes. After a few days' rest and a huge win against the Sacramento Kings, the Dubs are gunning to make it 2-0 after tonight and they've got the fire power and a new coach to make it happen. With both David Lee & Brandon Rush questionable for tonight's game, our supporting cast is thick. I was quite impressed with the contributions made by Draymond Green and Marreese Speights in Wednesday's victory over the Kings. Everyone on our squad has a job to do and Steve Kerr has a plan to get past LA.

The duo to look out for tonight is our very own Splash Brothers. Stephen Curry had a monster night on Wednesday with 24 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists & 6 steals. Klay Thompson was right behind him with 19 points, and may I add a huge extension announced yesterday (4 years, $70 million). Klay is poised to "splash" some crazy numbers off the 3-point line. All eyes most definitely will be on the Splash Brothers tonight.

If "strength in numbers" is the case, the crowd factor should be crazy at the Roaracle. Get loud Warriors fans -- it'll be a huge distraction for the Lakers. Our bench is deep and we have the right pieces to come out with a win. I'm no coach but if I could sum things up for a Dubs game plan, it would be this: Splash, play solid D, score & control the tempo of the game. Oh, and more Speights & Green action! (predicting a tag team duo nick name in the near future.) I got dibs on the Warriors winning tonight.

Who ya' got?

Splash Advisory

Stay dry: There’s a "Splash Advisory" at the Roaracle!

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