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Preview: Warriors take on Lakers in Kobe Bryant's last Oracle game

The Warriors try to avoid their first back-to-back losses of the season as the Lakers come to town in full "Farewell Kobe Bryant Tour" mode.

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Tip-off: 7:30pm PST
Where: Oracle Arena, Oakland, CA
Radio: KNBR 680

The "Farewell Kobe Bryant Tour" is in town along with Los Angeles Lakers as they take on the Golden State Warriors who are returning home after their third loss of the season. However, as we'll get to later, Kobe might not even play.

Team Overviews

The Warriors. I'm curious to see how these guys play after last night's loss. They didn't travel travel far so the time difference shouldn't be an issue. The team seemed like they were in good spirits after the loss. I mean, you can't win em' all.

Draymond Green looks questionable to play in tonight's game vs. the Lakers. The Dubs looked like they could have used him in Wednesday night's 112-110 loss against the Nuggets. Golden state lacked defense, were out-rebounded, and missed a lot of open three pointers. They succeeded in rallying back, but fell short as Klay Thompson missed the final shot. On a brighter note, Curry finished with 38 points and 9 assists, just shy of a double-double. Harrison Barnes is slowly but surely returning to form with 18 points and 3 rebounds.

Ugly game in Denver that cost us. Oh well, on to the next...

Kobe Bryant makes his last appearance at Oracle Arena. The Lakers tend to draw a lot of LA fans onto our arena. Those hoping to see Kobe play one last time at The "Roaracle" should cross their fingers. His status for tonight's game is uncertain due to a sore right achilles.

LA ripped past New Orleans Tuesday night in a 95-91 win against the Pelicans, which snapped a four game losing streak. The Lakers look to take advantage of the Warriors' loss and steal a win in Oakland. Lou Willams, who had 19 points, and Julius Randle, who dropped 11 points, were the Lakers' bright spots in New Orleans. It should be interesting to see how this young squad matches up against Golden State.

Key to the game:

Make adjustments and run the floor.

If Draymond takes the night off, we gotta step it up on defense and make up for the loss. Spread the floor a bit more and make LA force their shots. We (on the other hand) need to hit our key shots and run the floor. Our bigs will protect that rim, everyone else just needs to play it smart. If we get ourselves within a solid lead, hopefully a strong bench rotation can maintain the lead.


"Klay Day." Number 11 loves to play against the Lakers. I'm predicting a wicked shooting night for Splash Brother number two. We're gonna need it if Draymond is absent.

"Big Festus." Is going to be a beast on the floor. He's going to contribute some impressive numbers on National TV. (definitely hope we can pay the man and keep him!)

"Draymond's Day Off?" Is Money Green going to get back to back days off? If we can redirect responsibilities, I'm all for giving him another breather. A well deserved break for our team's heartbeat.

"Spotlight on Steph." Predicting a helluva game for SC30. The National spotlight's got eyes on Stephen Curry. Let's see what kind of show he puts on on and what kind of numbers he'll drop. This is his stage!

Win Prediction:

Farewell Kobe, but the Warriors win it tonight by 10.

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