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Preview: Warriors run it back vs Lakers

Golden State heads to Los Angeles in hopes of curing its recent shooting woes at Staples Center

NBA: Los Angeles Lakers at Golden State Warriors
Look for more of this if L.A.’s defense is as bad tonight as it was on Wednesday.
Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
  • When: Friday, November 25 at 7:30 p.m. Pacific time
  • Where: Staples Center - Los Angeles, CA
  • Coverage: Television - CSN Bay Area, NBA TV | Radio - 95.7 The Game
  • Buddy Blog: Silver Screen & Roll

After abusing the shoddy defense of a short-handed Lakers squad on Wednesday night to the tune of a 149-106 beat down, Golden State heads to L.A. tonight for a second tussle in three days between the teams. L.A. Team B may once again be without starters D’Angelo Russell and Julius Randle due to injuries, so expect L.A.’s porous defense to struggle once again to the Warriors’ potent offense.

However, it’s not a certainty that the Warriors will once again be firing on all cylinders at Staples Center. Interestingly, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson shot the ball horribly there in their recent games versus L.A. Team B. The Splash Brothers were a combined 2-for20 on 3s during the Warriors’ last loss on November 4 and just 1-for-18 on 3s during a loss in L.A. last season on March 6.

While it may lead some of us to wonder if Deflategate isn’t the only scandal involving the tampering of sports equipment, the less paranoid among us chalk up these shooting woes to mere circumstance. Two players happened to have off nights at the same time. Or perhaps L.A. night life is to blame. Or maybe Golden State simply didn’t take L.A. Team B seriously.

The conspiracy theorists should consider that the most recent two games don’t tell the whole story of Curry and Thompson at Staples Center. In the first game versus Team B at Staples last season, the Splash Brothers shot 10-for-21 from behind the arc. And in the teams’ games at Staples in the 2014-15 season, Curry and Thompson shot 50% and 40%, respectively, on 3-point shots. Their struggles during the last two losses in L.A. were just a fluke and unfortunately both players went ice cold at the same time.

Regardless, it’d be a good sign to see the Dubs take charge from the start. We’ve seen Golden State play down to the level of its opposition too many times over the past couple of seasons to put it past the team again tonight. After obliterating this team just two days ago, will the Warriors still have the fire in them to exact revenge on the loss earlier this month?

If the Warriors bring their A game to L.A. Team B, it should make for a third straight day of feasting of one sort or another. And if the Warriors play it right, we’ll be giving thanks for another Twitter post like the one below.

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