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The Golden State Warriors finish off their back-to-back with Friday night’s matchup against the Detroit Pistons. The game will be played at 7:00 PM PT in San Francisco and can be watched on NBC Sports Bay Area.

Previously with the Warriors:

Where do we even begin with last night’s 130-127 loss against the Denver Nuggets. Despite outscoring Denver 44-24 in the third quarter, the Warriors found a way to blow another big lead when up by 18 points or more for the fourth time this season.

Nuggets’ center Nikola Jokic continued his dominance over the league by stomping all over the Warriors to the tune of 34 points on 13-of-16 shooting from the field. Believe it or not, this would be considered an off night for the reigning Finals MVP considering he has only missed five shots in his past four games.

This makes the fact that he hit the game-winning buzzer beater from near half court that much more impressive.

Of course, the main fallout stemming from this game revolves around head coach Steve Kerr’s decision to bench Jonathan Kuminga for the final 18 minutes of the game. Kuminga was arguably the team’s second-best player against the Nuggets, utilizing his athleticism to provide much-needed rim pressure on his way to recording 16 points and four rebounds.

When things started to get out of hand late in the fourth quarter, Kerr opted to close the game with veteran small forward Andrew Wiggins instead of Kuminga. Their eventual defeat led to numerous reports highlighting the rift between Kerr and Kuminga. The most pointed of them being this report from The Athletic’s Shams Charania stating that Kuminga has “lost faith” in Kerr’s ability to coach him.

What to watch for tonight:

It should be interesting to see how the team responds to last night’s loss and the ensuing locker room fallout with Kuminga. Adding to the chaos between Kerr and the Warriors’ young players, in a script that not even Shakespeare could write, Golden State will host former second-overall pick James Wiseman who makes his first return to the Chase Center.

Other than that, there’s not much to say about tonight’s game against the Pistons. The Warriors will be playing against the worst team in the league who just recently came off a 28-game losing streak — tied for the longest losing streak in NBA history. Surely, Golden State will have no problem against them… right?

It should be a fun game (hopefully!). Enjoy the basketball Dub Nation. GO WARRIORS!!!

Projected Starters

Warriors: Stephen Curry, Chris Paul, Klay Thompson, Jonathan Kuminga, Kevon Looney

Pistons: Cade Cunningham, Jaden Ivey, Bojan Bogdanovic, Isaiah Livers, Jalen Duren

How to watch Regular Season Game #35

Who: Golden State Warriors (16 - 18) vs. Detroit Pistons (3 - 31)

When: Friday, January 5th, at 7:00 p.m. PT

Where: Chase Center, San Francisco, California

TV: NBC Sports Bay Area (available on fuboTV)

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