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Hornets vs. Warriors preview: Draymond Green's improvement helping Golden State

The Golden State Warriors will unveil their new Slate alternate uniforms when they host the Charlotte Hornets on Saturday.

Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
Oracle Arena - Oakland, CA
7:30 p.m. PST
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Buddy blog: At The Hive

After getting back in the win column with a victory on Thursday, the Warriors will finish off their three-game home stand with a matchup against the Hornets. It is not just any ordinary Saturday night as the team will be debuting their sleek grey alternates as well as enhancing the stadium experience for this occasion. From the Golden State Warriors official website:

In addition, during Saturday home games at Oracle Arena, the Warriors will transform Oracle Arena for Slate Night with the following: 
• Slate lighting surrounding Oracle Arena as fans enter the building
• A Slate photo booth on the main concourse where fans can take photos with the Warriors Dance Team
• A DJ on the East Plaza outside of Oracle Arena as fans arrive
• Slate On-Court Shooting Shirts featured as the Item of the Game at the Warriors Team Store

Starting the season with a 6-2 record, the Warriors' main concern these days has been managing turnovers and that remains the key in this game as well. In spite of this, the team's early success should just be the beginning as Golden State has yet to field a fully healthy roster.

The Charlotte Hornets come into this game on the second night of a road back-to-back while the Warriors have had a day of rest following their win over the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday. The Warriors will need to contain Al Jefferson, who is averaging a team high 21.7 points/game, and Andrew Bogut will be up for this challenge. Lance Stephenson has not shot the ball well this season but still impacts the game with his rebounding and playmaking -- his 10.6 rebounds per game rank 12th in the entire NBA and first among guards. He will have the task of guarding Klay Thompson, who looks to continue putting points on the board along with his Splash Brother, Stephen Curry.

Golden State has overcome David Lee's lingering hamstring injury with increased production from stretch forward Draymond Green, who is currently averaging career highs in multiple categories while shooting a highly efficient 41.7% on three-pointers. And with Lee possibly returning within the next week according to Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle, Green's improvement combined with his versatility on both ends of the floor raises the question of whether Kerr will adjust the Warriors' starting lineup once they're at full strength or leave it as is.

The Warriors have also just announced this morning that Justin Holiday and Ognjen Kuzmic have been recalled from the Santa Cruz Warriors after helping to lead Golden State's D-League affiliate to a 122-95 season-opening victory over the Los Angeles D-Fenders last night in Santa Cruz.

With the Warriors' talent and the Hornets on the back end of a back-to-back, this game is one that should help the Warriors re-establish their momentum.

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