Only 11 teams in the NBA have a winning record right now, and on Christmas Day you’ll see two divisional rivals battling not only for supremacy in the West, but for home court advantage throughout the playoffs. Tiebreakers could come in handy during seeding when the Golden State Warriors and the Phoenix Suns finalize their playoff standings.
They’ll meet on Christmas Day to take another step in sorting it all out, and it will be a marquee matchup despite a depleted Golden State roster.
Currently the two teams have tied the season series at 1-1, with each team holding serve in their home gym. The Suns are a league best 26-5, with The Dubs only 0.5 games back in the standings at 26-6.
In the first game, the Suns activated a defensive masterclass against the Warriors in Phoenix, bringing GSW’s vaunted ball movement to a turnover riddled halt.
Steph just had his worst shooting night of his career, including playoffs (min 20 FGA).— StatMuse (@statmuse) December 1, 2021
3-14 3P pic.twitter.com/EYYgriqMwZ
The second game the Warriors turned the tables and locked up the Suns in San Francisco like they were serving a life sentence on Alcatraz, while demonstrating a renewed decisiveness on offense.
JTA PUT JAVALE ON A POSTER pic.twitter.com/5OPizI9SJr— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) December 4, 2021
Golden State will be working without a full deck in this game unfortunately, as they’ll be missing Klay Thompson, James Wiseman, Andrew Wiggins, Jordan Poole, Damion Lee, and Moses Moody.
Moses Moody has entered health and safety protocols. Fourth Warriors player, all guards/wings. Andre Iguodala is listed as questionable for the Phoenix game. Missed last night with knee swelling.— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) December 24, 2021
I’d expect to see a lot of Gary Payton II, Golden State’s 6-foot-3 dynamo who is going to draw the tough assignment of trying to corral Phoenix’s All-Star guard Chris Paul. GP2’s offense will have to opportunistically punish the Suns if the Dubs are going to counteract a Phoenix defense that figures to be very focused on Warriors guard Stephen Curry.
GP2 tied up CP3 pic.twitter.com/eWq7B8WW8T— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) December 4, 2021
Golden State Warriors at Phoenix Suns
December 25th, 2021 | 2:00 PT
Watch: ABC | Listen: 95.7 The Game
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Phoenix, they’re too healthy and too talented, plus they’re at home!
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