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All set for massive Warriors and Thunder battle

BEGINNING OF A BACK TO BACK

Coming off an undefeated three-game homestand, the Warriors head out on the road for two games in two nights, beginning with a matchup against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday. This will be the fourth and final meeting between the two teams, after Golden State swept their previous three encounters.

LAST TIME OUT

The Warriors closed out an undefeated homestand with a 117-92 victory over the visiting Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night.

MATCHUP AT A GLANCE

GSW

55-14

1st in West

116.2 PPG (1st)

44.6 RPG (T-6th)

30.3 APG (1st)

OKC

40-29

6th in West

106.9 PPG (10th)

46.2 RPG (2nd)

21.1 APG (25th)

PROJECTED STARTERS

GSW: Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Patrick McCaw, Draymond Green and Zaza Pachulia

OKC: Russell Westbrook, Victor Oladipo, Andre Roberson, Taj Gibson and Steven Adams

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INJURY & ROSTER NOTES

GSW: Kevin Durant (left knee) is out. Damian Jones (D-League assignment) is not with team.

OKC: None.

HOT CURRY

It turns out that even the best shooters in the world are susceptible to the occasional slump, but from the look of the past few games, it appears Stephen Curry may be working his way out of one. Over the course of Golden State’s recently completed homestand, Curry averaged 27.3 points, 3.7 rebounds and 6.0 assists per game in just 31.9 minutes per contest, but even more encouraging than the raw numbers was the efficiency with which they were attained. Curry shot 49.0 percent from the field, 46.4 percent from 3-point range and a perfect 100 percent from the free-throw line over those three games, his best individual stretch since Kevin Durant went down with a knee injury. Curry’s play seemed to improve as the homestand wore on, and with only 13 games remaining in the regular season, the Warriors are hopeful he can carry that hot streak into this road trip and beyond.

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TEAM LEADERS

GSW

PTS: Durant (25.3)

REB: Durant (8.2)

AST: Green (7.2)

OKC

PTS: Westbrook (31.7)

REB: Westbrook (10.5)

AST: Westbrook (10.3)

OKLAHOMA CITY SCOUTING REPORT

The playoff picture in the West changes on a daily basis, but barring a disaster, the Thunder are likely to make the postseason for the seventh time in the last eight years. At 40-29, Oklahoma City are currently seeded sixth in the Western Conference, a half game behind the Clippers and a half game ahead of Memphis, respectively. Russell Westbrook remains one of the league’s leading MVP candidates, due largely to the fact that he’s on pace to become the first player since Oscar Robertson in 1961/62 to average a triple-double over the course of a full season. The Thunder are currently playing as well as any team in the NBA, having won their last five games heading into their matchup with the Warriors on Monday. Golden State has won all three prior meetings between the two teams this season, meaning Monday presents Oklahoma City’s last chance to defeat the Dubs prior to a potential playoff series.

By NBA News

First appeared on NBA.com Global