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Preview: Golden State travel to Suns to finish up before All-Star Break

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The Warriors finish up their back-to-back before getting some All-Star rest with a trip to face the Suns in Arizona. What will they have left in the tank?

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Matchup
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Golden State Warriors
47-4 (23-4 ROAD)
vs
Phoenix Suns
14-39 (10-17 HOME)
How To Watch
February 10, 2016
Talking Stick Resort Arena — Phoenix, AZ
6:30 p.m. PST
CSN Bay Area | KNBR 680 AM
Blog Buddy: Bright Side of the Sun
INJURIES
Festus Ezeli - OUT (Knee - Indefinitely)
Brandon Knight - OUT
Eric Bledsoe - OUT
T.J. Warren - OUT
Ronnie Price - OUT

★★★

Team overviews

The Warriors... outlasted the Rockets on Tuesday night, needing a great surge from the bench in Harrison Barnes and Iguodala to throttle by the Rockets late. It was a fantastic example of a team playing like a unit; as Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson missed shot after shot in the 2nd half that could have iced it, the bench stepped in. Andrew Bogut contributed by shutting down Dwight Howard, and the 2nd unit weathered the storm of James Harden on their way to the double digit win.

They say goodbye to the friendly confines for the back end of a back-to-back, on their way to Phoenix to face the Suns. To say the matchup is favorable is an understatement - the league's best offense against one the leagues worse defenses. The Suns, once known for their pace, now have shown more of a half court offense, which will have a hard time keeping up with the turbo jets of the Warriors.

The team hasn't seen a laugher in some time, getting the best efforts from the Rockets and the Thunder. Could this be the game where we see the bench filling up the scoreboard in the 4th?

The Suns... are winding their way down on a lost season. They tried to strike it big in free agency by bringing Tyson Chandler to anchor a young promising roster, but simply have not come together as a sum of their parts. They cannot play defense, giving up 106.7 points per game (29th in the league). They can't particularly score the ball well, ranking toward the bottom of the league in both pace and points per game. We can put a lot of blame for this on injuries, losing their star Eric Bledsoe for the year with a knee injury. They can also blame a team that at times has quit on their coach, leading to the dismissal of Jeff Hornacek and his replacement by Earl Watson.

They do feature some promising young talent in Devin Booker who has taken over in the backcourt with Bledsoe out and Brandon Knight on the mend. Even with that, the team has been dismal, losing 10 games by 19 or more points.

What to make of this team?

They are lottery bound, and are probably looking to wrap up the half of the season before they can rest and regroup during the break. They are currently missing 3 of their top 4 scorers to injury, and the one that is left in Markieff Morris should be shipped out in a trade any day. They sit currently with an eight game losing streak, including losses in 14 of their last 15. Their only drama to finish the season will be to see if they can be caught by any of the bottom NBA teams for a worse record and the top draft pick next year.

Last time these two locked up...

  • Nov 27th - Warriors win in Phoenix 135-116
  • Dec 16th - Warriors beat Suns in Oakland 128-103

Predictions

The Suns stand in the Warriors way of getting some good R&R, which they sorely need. The break will be more for the vets like Bogut and Iguodala who will be icing knees, as the big three head off to Toronto. I don't see this game as a blow out, as the Warriors won't be interested long enough to run up the score. I predict big runs in the 2nd and early 4th as the Suns have no depth, and the Warriors run away with this one 115-92.