Previously with the Warriors:
Golden State suffered another heartbreaking defeat last Friday night, losing to the Oklahoma City Thunder, 138-136. In ironically tragic fashion, the Warriors once again blew a lead in regulation against the Thunder after Draymond Green fouled Chet Holmgren on his three-point shot attempt. Holmgren would go on to make all three free-throws, sending the game to overtime where he and the Thunder secured the victory.
Draymond Green fouls Chet Holmgren on a 3-point attempt as the Dubs are up three with 7.2 seconds left ... pic.twitter.com/3yRc40HHI1— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) December 9, 2023
The Warriors beat themselves in this one by committing a season-high 29 turnovers on the night. Turnovers continue to be a problem for Golden State as their 15.6 turnover percentage ranks fifth-highest in the league this season. After the game, head coach Steve Kerr emphasized that this is something that the team desperately needs to fix.
Warriors not only set the season high for team turnovers at 29.— Joe Viray (@JoeVirayNBA) December 9, 2023
They had a turnover percentage of 25.4%. The worst turnover percentage in the league belongs to the Utah Jazz at 17.6%. They beat that mark by nearly 8 percentage points.
They turned the ball over on a QUARTER of…
Steve Kerr postgame on the 29 turnovers: “We have enough to win a championship. I believe that. But if we are just going to throw the ball to the other team and foul over and over, then we’re going to lose.” pic.twitter.com/pealCFzKBU— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) December 9, 2023
What to watch for tonight:
Golden State will face the Suns for the third time this year. The Warriors are 0-2 against them this season and have lost six of their last seven matchups dating back to the 2021-22 season. Their most recent game, on Nov. 22, resulted in a 123-115 Suns victory as Kevin Durant and Devin Booker led the way with a combined 57 points.
Having said that, Durant will not be playing in tonight’s matchup. The former Warrior and two-time NBA champion will miss his second consecutive game as he continues to nurse an ankle injury.
Suns' Kevin Durant (ankle) is out tonight vs. Warriors.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) December 12, 2023
Although Durant’s absence takes away one of Phoenix’s most dangerous scoring threats, they gain another with the return of three-time All-Star guard Bradley Beal. A back injury has limited Beal to just three games this season where he is averaging 17.3 points in 28.7 minutes per game.
The Warriors rank 16th in defensive rating and have struggled to contain the opposing team’s best perimeter players. Golden State’s biggest problem on that end is their poor point of attack defense which is largely due to the team’s lack of athleticism. This has recently led to big scoring nights from opposing guards such as Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (38 points) and Portland Trail Blazers guard Anfernee Simons (28 points). With a road matchup against the Suns’ dynamic back court duo on deck, the Warriors will need to find a way to slow them down or else it may be another long night on that end of the floor.
It should be a fun game. Enjoy the basketball Dub Nation. GO WARRIORS!!!
Warriors: Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Andrew Wiggins, Draymond Green, Kevon Looney
Suns: Devin Booker, Bradley Beal, Josh Okogie, Keita Bates-Diop, Jusuf Nurkic
How to watch Regular Season Game #23
Who: Golden State Warriors (10 - 12) vs. Phoenix Suns (12 - 10)
When: Tuesday, December 12th, at 7:00 p.m. PT
Where: Footprint Center, Phoenix, Oklahoma
TV: TNT (available on fuboTV)