Know Your Opponent: Golden State Warriors


Get ready for the Knicks next match-up against the Warriors.



Marcus Thompson: This time, Kevin Durant isn’t trying to please everybody or limit his free-agent process


  • Tonight’s game at New York is the first game of a three-game road trip for the Warriors… Golden State was 24-6 against the East last season, in- cluding 11-4 at home…. Since 2014-15, the Warriors have a 102-19 (.843) record against Eastern Conference teams, the best record in the NBA.
  • The Warriors have won the last eight meetings against the Knicks, including the last five at Madison Square Garden.
  • After a 51-point night against the Wizards, Stephen Curry is now ranked first in the NBA in scoring, averaging 34.6 points per game in five contests… He also had made 33 treys this season, tops in the league (second is Kemba Walker with 24).
  • Curry has made at least five 3-pointers in each of the first five games of the season… According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that is the longest streak at the start of the season for consecutive games with at least five made 3-point field goals.
  • Notes via via Warriors PR

Kevin Durant made 13-of-18 shots to score 30 points on Wednesday, adding eight rebounds, seven assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer.

On most teams this would be the headline, but the Warriors aren’t most teams. Steph Curry stole the show with an incredible shooting exhibition en route to 51 points, so KD’s hyper-efficient, stat-stuffing game gets second billing. His fantasy owners appreciate it, of course, and he’s cruising along with his typical elite value through five games.

Jordan Bell saw daylight in the Warriors’ rotation on Wednesday, scoring eight points on 4-of-4 shooting with three boards, three assists and two blocks in 21 minutes.

Bell’s fantasy upside hasn’t been in question, but he’s fallen out of the rotation with Steve Kerr starting Damian Jones at center and deploying Kevon Looney as the primary backup. This matchup vs. the center-less Wizards was tailor-made for Bell, so it’s hard to get excited about his playing time. Let’s see if he earns minutes again on Friday (at New York) and Sunday (at Brooklyn).

Damian Jones started Wednesday’s game but played only 12 minutes, scoring five points with three rebounds and two assists.

Jones has been very impressive as a starter to open the season, and his reduced role tonight wasn’t a product of his play — he simply wasn’t a good fit against a Wizards team that went extremely small by default. Jones should be back to the 20-minute range vs. Enes Kanter and the Knicks on Friday.

Klay Thompson played through a left ankle injury to finish Wednesday’s game with 19 points on 8-of-17 shooting, two rebounds, one assist and one steal.

Klay only made 1-of-5 triples and his slow start continues in that department, but fantasy owners have nothing to fear. As coach Steve Kerr said before the game, “You know how it is with Klay. Once he gets a few to go, the dam breaks.” He’s a combined 4-of-27 from deep through five games, but the storm surge is coming.

Notes via RotoWorld

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