Golden State Warriors (1-1) vs. Phoenix Suns (0-2)
How to watch?
Date: Sunday, October 30th, 2016
Location: Talking Stick Resort Arena - Phoenix, AZ
Time: 3:00pm PST
TV: CSN Bay Area Radio: 95.7 THE GAME
The Warriors look to add on to their win column as they head to Phoenix.
Waiting for them is their old friend Leandro Barbosa with his new/old team. Though he returned to Phoenix on a two-year deal in the offseason, the Warriors are unlikely to see very much of Barbosa on the court Sunday, as he and P.J. Tucker have been temporarily replaced in the second unit by Tyler Ulis and Dragan Bender.
The Suns have lost both of their games so far this season. First, the Sacramento Kings beat them by 19 points; then the Suns kept the Oklahoma City Thunder in check for a close game that resulted in a 3 point loss in overtime.
Phoenix has a lot of young talent still developing, but some of them are starting to shine and we’re seeing them take the spots of veteran players. But ultimately this is a team that is still rebuilding.
That said, every team will be bringing their A-game when the Warriors are in town, and the Suns are no exception.
To lock this one down, the Warriors will need to come out strong from the gate and build an early lead in the first quarter. The Suns’ starters will be looking to do the same, as they did against the Thunder on Friday, outscoring them 40-25. The Warriors starters will need to shut them down early and keep driving from there, which will require sharper defense than we’ve seen so far from them.
Players to watch for are forward TJ Warren, who was hot in the loss against the Thunder, scoring 30 points with nine rebounds, and Devin Booker, their young guard, who has shown consistent numbers in his season so far and who Suns fans have high hopes for as he continues to grow.
The Warriors will not have Patrick McCaw, due to the sprained ankle that caused him to leave the game early during Friday night’s game, or Damian Jones, but otherwise have everyone available.