Match Timing: March 11, 2019, @ 06:00 AM IST
NBA Regular Season
Venue – Amway Center
Golden State Warriors will be looking to build on a big win over Denver Nuggets when they host Phoenix Suns in a regular season NBA match at Oracle Arena, in Oakland, California, United States, on Monday morning (IST).
After a blow-out 33 points defeat against Boston Celtics, head coach Steve Kerr was damning in his assessment that the time has come for his players to show their domineering swagger again.
After all, the Greens are thought to be their biggest rival from the Eastern Conference, and so getting marauded in a chastening fashion, may have some distant psychological effect if the two teams do meet in the NBA finals.
But the finals are a long way away still, and the Dubs are better fretting about their form and the possible teams who are standing in their pursuit for the Western Conference championship. Denver Nuggets are one of those teams.
The Dubs were at full strength in the match after Klay Thompson was cleared to feature by the Warriors’ medical staff. And boy, he did have some game.
As they say, the “Class is permanent”, the 29-year-old was so good that it never felt that he missed the last two games due to an injury. He dropped a game-high 39 points, with 9 jaw-dropping 3-pointers adding to his impressive mighty stats.
The reigning champions improved their record to 45-20 and lead over Nuggets to 1 game. The next up for them is a home game against Suns before they hit the road for four consecutive away games.
At 23-22 in the first quarter, Phoenix Suns had a lead in the match. But Enes Kanter’s layup shot ended the 1st phase of the game 24-23 in favor of Blazers. Suns never led in the match after that.
Devin Booker led most of the charge, scoring a team-high 23 points, while DeAndre Ayton scored 21 points and had 8 rebounds in the match.
Suns remain bottom-rooted with a 15-52 record.
Golden State Warriors: W-45, L-20
Phoenix Suns: W-15, L-52
Golden State Warriors:
Stephen Curry – Dropped 17 points in the last game. But didn’t need to flex his muscles as Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant did most of the damage. The two-time MVP is the best NBA shooter of all time, and definitely is a future Hall of Famer. He is the focal point of Warriors’ supremacy and the biggest factor in the franchise’s rise in the last five years or so. The 30-year-old has been racking up 28.3 points per game this season.
Kevin Durant – Went for 26 points, 6 assists and four rebounds against the Nuggets. He shot at an incredible rate of 0.667% and converted all his free throws. He is an indispensable part of Warriors’ roster. God knows how Warriors are going to replace him in the summer if he refuses to sign a contract extension. The former Oklahoma City Thunder star will leave too big a hole, and there are not many players who can fill his big boots. The 30-year-old is averaging 28.6 points per game this season.
Devin Booker – As ever, he is the biggest positive to come out from Phoenix Suns’ dwindling season. The Michigan-born star is performing at a high level and deserves more wins for his incredible efforts. He is racking up 24.9 points per game.
Deandre Ayton – The rookie was snapped up by Phoenix Suns in the 2018 draft and looks a star for the future. He is talented and will become better with games in his kitty, but the progress he has made this season has been explosive. He plays aggressive and an impassioned brand of Basketball. No wonder, the 20-year-old Center is Suns’ 2nd best player.
Golden State Warriors:
Injured – Damian Jones is definitely out of the match. The young star is suffering from a muscle injury and is expected to miss the rest of the season.
Questionable – Australian legend Andrew Bogut, who played for Golden State Warriors from 2012 to 2016, has signed with the franchise for the rest of the season. The 34-year-old was playing for Sydney Kings but an opportunity to reunite with the mighty Dubs was too tempting to resist. However, for some Visa reasons, he may have to wait for his first appearance.
Klay Thompson finally made a return from a knee injury which kept him out of action for two straight games, scoring 39 points. He will be starting the match.
Suspended – None.
Injured – T.J. Warren has been ruled out for Golden State Warriors’ game due to an ankle injury.
Questionable – None.
Suspended – None.
An away game against Golden State Warriors will have too much power for the struggling Phoenix Suns. They have won just five games on the road this season, and we expect that tally to remain intact. A win for the Dubs is our call.
NOTE: THIS GSW vs PHX Dream11 MATCH PREVIEW IS BASED ON OUR RESEARCH AND UNDERSTANDING FROM VARIOUS NEWS SOURCES. YOU CAN SELECT YOUR OWN PLAYING 11 ON THE BASIS OF TEAM NEWS.