OAKLAND, CA, Sporting Alert – Stephen Curry and Andre Iguodala are both doubtful for the Golden State Warriors, but the champs are still favored by 7.5 points to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder.
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The two players were held out of Tuesday night’s win over the Atlanta Hawks because of injury problems and the Warriors revealed Thursday morning that they are both questionable to face the Thunder.
Curry, the reigning MVP and the league’s leading scorer, is questionable with the ankle injury that also forced him out of the win over the Hawks, although sources are saying the All-Star point guard is hoping to play a part in the contest.
The 27-year-old is averaging career-highs 30.7 points 5.3 rebounds per game, while dishing out 6.6 assists per contest and shooting 51.5 percent from the floor.
Curry scored 46 points, including the game-winning 3-pointer in the overtime win against Oklahoma City when the Warriors and Thunder last battle at the weekend.
Iguodala, meanwhile, is questionable with a hamstring issue on his left leg.
When the hosts take the court on Thursday night, the defending champions who are 54-5 overall this season, will try to equal the NBA’s mark of 44 successive regular-season home wins, according to ESPN Stats & Info.
The Warriors are 25-0 at home this season and head coach Steve Kerr thinks the record has helped to set the tone for such a productive season already.
“It’s a source of pride controlling our own floor,” Kerr said. “We’ve done an incredible job of that since last year.”
In the meantime, the Oklahoma City Thunder (42-19) head into the battle with the Warriors hoping to bounce back from a disappointing defeat at the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night.
The Thunder squandered a 22 point lead against the Los Angeles Clippers Wednesday night and are desperate to get back to winning ways.
Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook continue to carry the Western Conference big boys, but a supporting cast is still needed, as other than Serge Ibaka, no other player is really consistently pulling their weight.
The last time these two sides met, the Warriors topped the Thunder 121-118 in overtime.
Oklahoma City had looked well set to seal the victory at home, but a costly turnover by Durant and then a foul on Iguodala, who connected on both free throws to force overtime play.
If Curry and Iguodala are unable to play on Thursday night, then look for shooting guard Klay Thompson and forward Draymond Green to provide the bulk of the contribution.
Against the Hawks, Golden State shot just 39.8 percent from the field and 33.3 percent from 3-point range, but expect them to improve at home.
In the defeat to the Clippers, Durant had 30 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and five blocked shots for the Thunder, while Westbrook, who continues to share the ball this season, finished with 24 points, 12 assists and six rebounds in LA.