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|Golden State Warriors
|Steve Kerr||Head Coach||Michael Malone|
|27-7 (1st in West)||Standing||17-16 (5th in West)|
|112.7 (4th of 30)||Off Rtg||109.1 (20th of 30)|
|102.2 (1st of 30)||Def Rtg||109.5 (17th of 30)|
|98.7 (14th of 30)||Pace||97.1 (22nd of 30)|
Leaders (Per Game)
|S. Curry (27.9)||PPG||N. Jokic (25.9)|
|D. Green (7.9)||RPG||N. Jokic (13.8)|
|D. Green (7.5)||APG||N. Jokic (7.2)|
|S. Curry (1.6)||SPG||N. Jokic (1.3)|
|D. Green (1.2)||BPG||N. Jokic (0.8)|
|G. Payton II (.642)/S. Curry (9.0)||FG%/FGM||N. Jokic (.565)/N. Jokic (10.2)|
|A. Wiggins (.422)/S. Curry (5.4)||3P%/3PM||Z. Nnaji (.475)/W. Barton (2.4)|
|James Wiseman||Golden State Warriors||1 Nov 2021||Out (Knee)||Wiseman has returned to on-court work but there is no timetable for his return to play.|
|Klay Thompson||Golden State Warriors||21 Nov 2021||Out (Achilles)||Thompson has returned to on-court work but there is no timetable for his return to play.|
|Andrew Wiggins||Golden State Warriors||19 Dec 2021||Out (Health & Safety)||Wiggins has been placed under league health & safety protocols.|
|Damion Lee||Golden State Warriors||24 Dec 2021||Out (Health & Safety)||Lee has been placed under league health & safety protocols.|
|Moses Moody||Golden State Warriors||24 Dec 2021||Out (Health & Safety)||Moody has been placed under league health & safety protocols.|
|Draymond Green||Golden State Warriors||26 Dec 2021||Out (Health & Safety)||Green has been placed under league health & safety protocols.|
|Andre Iguodala||Golden State Warriors||28 Dec 2021||Day to Day (Knee)||Iguodala was listed as PROBABLE for Golden State’s Tuesday (Dec 28) game.|
|Jamal Murray||Denver Nuggets||22 Jul 2021||Out (Knee)||Murray is recovering from a torn ACL and there is no timetable for his return.|
|PJ Dozier||Denver Nuggets||24 Nov 2021||Out (ACL)||Dozier suffered a torn ACL and he will be out indefinitely.|
|Michael Porter Jr.||Denver Nuggets||29 Nov 2021||Out (Back)||Porter Jr. will miss the remainder of the season.|
|Markus Howard||Denver Nuggets||17 Dec 2021||Out (Knee)||Howard will be re-evaluated in six weeks.|
|Aaron Gordon||Denver Nuggets||27 Dec 2021||Day to Day (Hamstring)||Gordon was listed as QUESTIONABLE for Denver’s Tuesday (Dec 28) game.|
|Vlatko Cancar||Denver Nuggets||28 Dec 2021||Day to Day (Illness)||Cancar was listed as QUESTIONABLE for Denver’s Tuesday (Dec 28) game.|
|Bol Bol||Denver Nuggets||28 Dec 2021||Out (Conditioning)||Bol was listed as OUT for Denver’s Tuesday (Dec 28) game.|
|Monte Morris||Denver Nuggets||28 Dec 2021||Day to Day (Knee)||Morris was listed as PROBABLE for Denver’s Tuesday (Dec 28) game.|
The Golden State Warriors’ usually high-powered offence was held docile the last time they took on the Denver Nuggets. With so many players missing, deeper members of the bench need to step up to support them.
In their 86-89 loss to the Denver Nuggets, the Warriors bench contributed just 15 points to the Nuggets bench’s 26. Expected to make valuable contributions due to their veteran experience, Otto Porter and Andre Iguodala combined for just 1 point on 0 of 6 shooting from the field.
The Warriors have an energetic piece in Jonathan Kuminga off the bench, but they’ll need more from their reserves if they hope to take down a focused Warriors team.
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STEPHEN. CURRY. STOP IT. ? pic.twitter.com/dXwId4zL1E
— NBA TV (@NBATV) December 29, 2021
It almost seems cruel to ask Stephen Curry to carry the Warriors more than he does, but his inefficiency last game was a key factor in the team’s loss.
Curry was just 6 of 16 on the night, with 14 of his field-goal attempts coming from three-point range. Curry’s lack of diversity on the offensive end played right into Denver’s defensive game plan.
For the Warriors to take this victory, Curry needs to be at his best. Despite his prowess, settling for sole threes won’t win them the game. The more aggressive Curry is scoring the ball, the more the game opens up for the Warriors.
The Denver Nuggets were able to take away one of the Warriors’ key weapons in their last game, the three-point shot. If Denver’s defence can remain disciplined like their last meeting, they could take the victory.
Known for their ball movement and ability to find three-point opportunities, the Nuggets were able to hold the Warriors to just 31.3% shooting from the field. While Golden State shot just 10 of 32 from deep, Denver were fortunate to with how reserved the Warriors bench was shooting the ball.
Golden State isn’t the type of team to make the same mistakes two games in a row. For Denver to succeed, they’ll need to adjust to keep the Warriors offence in control.
Nikola Jokic has 3 game-winning blocks in 2021. pic.twitter.com/mCWtPKQ5y2
— Harrison Wind (@HarrisonWind) December 29, 2021
The reigning MVP showed this year’s MVP frontrunner that he isn’t going to relinquish his title so easily. Nikola Jokic was dominant in Denver’s last meeting with the Warriors, and he’ll need to have a similar effect this time out.
In Jokic’s last meeting with the Warriors, he posted 22 points, 18 rebounds, 5 assists, and 4 steals on 8 of 19 shooting from the field. Jokic was also excellent defensively, as he collected the game-saving block one a last second attempt by Kuminga.
If there is anywhere that Jokic can improve in this second meeting it will be from range and in the turnover department. He had 8 turnovers and failed to convert on 5 three-point field goal attempts – both areas he could refine in this game.
|Golden State Warriors vs Denver Nuggets Information|
|Teams||Golden State Warriors vs. Denver Nuggets|
|Location||Ball Arena, Denver, Colorado|
|Time||9:30 PM EST, December 30th, 2021|
|How to Watch||NBA TV|
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