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Game Preview: Warriors must keep their focus against tricky Los Angeles Clippers

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Golden State will need a complete effort against the new Clippers’ cast in Los Angeles as the Warriors look to bounce back after a horrid loss.

Golden State Warriors v Los Angeles Clippers Photo by Harry How/Getty Images

How to watch

Who: Warriors (4-3) vs. Clippers (4-1)

When: Monday, October 30 at 7:30 p.m.

Where: STAPLES Center, Los Angeles

How to Watch: NBCSBA, NBA TV

Radio: 95.7 The Game,

PROJECTED STARTERS

GSW: PG Stephen Curry, SG Klay Thompson, SF Kevin Durant, PF Draymond Green, C Zaza Pachulia

LAC: PG Patrick Beverley, SG Austin Rivers, SF Danilo Galinari, PF Blake Griffin, C DeAndre Jordan

INJURY REPORT

Warriors: None

Clippers: Milos Teodosic (Out, Foot)

Keep the lead and the ball

Yesterday, the Golden State Warriors built a comfortable, second-half 14-point lead against the Detroit Pistons. In the fourth quarter, the Dubs imploded and lost the lead. The team’s body language faltered, their play was lackadaisical, and they turned the ball over at an astonishing rate. Kevin Durant mounted a comeback, but it wasn’t enough. Klay Thompson, Steph Curry, and Durant all ended with impressive numbers. The next highest scorer, JaVale McGee, had six points. The team shot 57% from the field and lost— the Dubs turned the ball over 25 times.

Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala

In the loss to Detroit, Draymond Green had 2 points, 6 turnovers, and -12 plus-minus. Andre Iguodala had 4 points and a -26 plus-minus (that’s nuts!). Green has struggled out of the gate and Iguodala isn’t picking up Green’s slack. Both players need to perform better on offense as the Warriors are lacking a consistent fourth scorer thus far.

Patrick Beverley vs. Everyone (especially Draymond)

Patrick Beverley is the Clippers’ new point guard after the Houston Rockets traded him over the offseason in the Chris Paul trade. Beverley and Draymond Green were both named to the NBA’s All-Defensive First Team last year. Both players carry chips on their respective shoulders.

Shea Serrano of the Ringer recently chronicled Beverley’s path to the NBA— from Chicago’s Marshall High School, to Arkansas University, to playing in the Ukraine, Greece and Russia, to the Miami Heat’s Summer League squad and finally to Houston. He flourished with the Rockets and, like Green, is known as one of the NBA’s premier trash talkers.

Beverley will likely guard Curry—and he is going to be physical, just as he was in the 2016 playoffs. Curry, Green, and company need to take the high road because the Clippers bring physicality and attitude. Given how they lost to the Pistons, the Dubs should not prioritize having the last word with Patrick Beverley.

Inside game

Steve Kerr has a tragedy of riches on this team, but Jordan Bell could be helpful against the Clippers. JaVale McGee and Zaza Pachulia will be important in the paint as they battle Jordan and Griffin. Bell has sat out the last two games, but he could be an x-factor with his athleticism and ability to guard multiple positions. I hope Kerr prioritizes him over Kevon Looney in L.A. The Warriors have struggled to defend talented post players thus far so keep your eye on how the inside game plays out.

The Warriors are still searching for the best version of themselves early on this season. Let’s hope they can play a complete game against a playoff team tonight.