The Warriors will have to contain Oakland native, Damian Lillard, who scored 37 points while hitting seven three-pointers last time he paid his hometown a visit. Lillard is the clear front-runner in the Rookie of the Year race. He has averaged 19.1 points and 6.5 assists on the season and has been a true bright spot for not only the Blazers, but the entire league.
Warriors guards Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson will need to bounce back from Wednesday night’s dismal shooting performances. The guards combined for just 6-31 shooting on the night. You can expect a much different outcome on Saturday from the young sharpshooters.
David Lee and Andrew Bogut have been a solid big man duo as of late and will need to take advantage of Portland’s lack of bigs. David Lee is the league leader in double-doubles with 49 on the year.
The Warriors look to lock up a playoff spot and secure the sixth seed over the final weeks of the season. They will need contributions from their entire roster as they head down the stretch.
Jarrett Jack and Carl Landry have been huge off of the bench all season long, giving the W’s depth for the first time in years. It’s up to them to continue leading the second unit to productive minutes and key stretches of rest for the starters. The Warriors have shown signs of fatigue over the past few weeks and will take any rest that they can get at this point in the season.
The Warriors defeated the visiting Blazers 103-97 on January 11th. Saturday will be the second of three meetings this season.
Tip-off is at 7:30 PM PT.
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