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Clippers star Paul George certainly took note of the Warriors’ impressive season-opening take on the star-studded Lakers on Tuesday night, when they won despite Stephen Curry’s rare off-season shooting night. He knows the challenge ahead for Los Angeles on Thursday night in Golden State’s home opener at Chase Center.
George watched the Warriors unveil a deep bench and a strong affinity for sharing the ball – he had assists on 30 of his 41 baskets – while courting the Lakers while Curry took just 5 off the field. – Shot 21 of them.
“They get the ball rolling. It’s scary. Steph didn’t shoot it well, and they still won,” George told reporters.
The Warriors received heavy contributions off the bench from Nemanja Bezelica (15 points, 11 rebounds), Andre Igodala (12 points, solid defense) and Damien Lee (15 points) as their reserves scored 55 points.
The Clippers will be challenged this season, as star forward Kawhi Leonard (Knee) is expected to miss most of the regular season. However, George and point guard Reggie Jackson proved last season that they were capable of progressing in Leonard’s absence.
In the eight games following Leonard’s injury at the end of last season, George averaged 29.6 points, 11.0 rebounds, 5.6 assists and 1.4 steals. Jackson moved on to become the Clippers’ No. 2 scorer as he increased his scoring from 15.2 points to 23.0 per game.
The team announced that the Clippers will be without their top reserve Nicolas Batum, who will miss Thursday’s game for personal reasons. Batam played the most minutes of any Clippers last season.
Golden State is looking to start the season with a second straight win since 2015.
Sports Essentials: The Warriors (1-0) vs. the Clippers (47-25 last year, lost to Phoenix in the Western Conference Finals, 4-2), Thursday at 7 p.m. (PT). TV: TNT.
ODDS: Warrior -3.5.
last meeting: The Clippers defeated the Warriors 130–104 at the Staples Center on March 11, ending a three-game losing streak behind Kawhi Leonard’s 28 points.
Warriors next game: vs. Sacramento Kings, Sunday at 6 p.m. at Golden 1 Center.
Here are Thursday’s estimated starting lineups:
c kevon looney
PF Diamond Green
SF Andrew Wiggins
SG Jordan Poole
PG Stephen Curry
Si Ivan Zubak
PF Marcus Morris
SF Paul George
SG Eric Bledsoe
PG Reggie Jackson