Indianapolis Star
National Basketball Association
Golden State at Phoenix
When: 10:00 PM ET, Saturday, March 17, 2018
Where: Talking Stick Resort Arena, Phoenix, Arizona

The injury ravaged Golden State Warriors strive to extend their winning streak against Phoenix to 13 games when they visit the Suns on Saturday. The Warriors will be without three All-Stars in forward Kevin Durant (rib) and guards Stephen Curry (ankle) and Klay Thompson (thumb), and reserves will be asked to carry the load for a second straight night.

Durant took a blow to the ribs during Sunday's game against the Minnesota Timberwolves and an MRI exam Friday revealed a break that will keep him out at least two weeks. "It hurts when I laugh," Durant told reporters prior to Friday's 98-93 loss to the Sacramento Kings. "Right now, since it's so new, getting up and out of bed and getting up and out of my seat - normal movements throughout the day, not even basketball movements, that irritates it just a bit, and then obviously on the court." Golden State rolled to a 129-83 victory over the Suns on Feb. 12 in this season's lone previous meeting. Phoenix has dropped seven straight games and 22 of its past 24 and standout shooting guard Devin Booker (hand) is questionable because of an injury that he sustained during Wednesday's practice.

TV: 10 p.m. ET, NBCS Bay Area (Golden State), FS Arizona (Phoenix)

ABOUT THE WARRIORS (52-17): Golden State also lost small forward Omri Casspi (ankle) during Friday's contest but coach Steve Kerr didn't sound overly concerned about all the injuries, saying after the contest that "we just got to survive this next slate of games and hopefully get guys back and get rolling again for the playoffs." The attrition led to a starring role for point guard Quinn Cook, who made 10-of-13 shots while establishing career highs for points (25) and 3-point baskets (five). All-Star power forward Draymond Green (shoulder) returned from a one-game absence to produce 14 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists and four steals against the Kings.

ABOUT THE SUNS (19-51): Booker wasn't cleared until an hour before game time Thursday when Phoenix was routed 116-88 by the Utah Jazz. He struggled to 12 points on 3-of-18 shooting against the Jazz and he will test his hand at Saturday's mid-day shootaround with a playing decision to come at some point in the hours leading up to tip-off. Booker scores 24.9 points per game but is averaging 14.5 on 10-of-34 shooting over the past two games.


1. The Warriors have prevailed in five straight visits to Phoenix after losing 16 of the previous 19.

2. Golden State SG Nick Young is averaging 17 points while starting the past two games in place of Thompson.

3. Phoenix C Alan Williams (knee) is expected to make his season debut after recovering from surgery nearly six months ago.

PREDICTION: Warriors 124, Suns 102
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Golden State 52-17 L1 27-8 25-9 8-3 44-14 9-3 29-14
Phoenix 19-51 L7 9-25 10-26 0-6 19-45 3-8 13-31
Last Meeting
Golden State Phoenix
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
2/12/18 PHO 83 GS 129 129 49 58.4 83 47 34.7
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Golden State S. Curry 22 47.1 3
Phoenix E. Payton 29 61.1 5
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Golden State O. Casspi 10 0 10
Phoenix T. Chandler 9 3 6
Assists Player  
Golden State S. Curry 7
Phoenix E. Payton 5
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Golden State K. Durant 1646 52.0 319
Phoenix D. Booker 1394 43.0 306
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Golden State D. Green 492 72 420
Phoenix A. Len 482 151 331
Assists Player  
Golden State D. Green 460
Phoenix D. Booker 266
Quickchart Matchup
Golden State Golden State Off vs  Phoenix Phoenix Defense
Golden State Off vs Phoenix - Points For 115.3 Points For
Golden State Off vs Phoenix - Points Against 113.7 Points Against
Golden State - FG% 50.8 FG%
Phoenix - FG% 47.2 FG%
Golden State - Reb 43.9 Reb
Phoenix - Reb 45.8 Reb
Phoenix Phoenix Off vs  Golden State Golden State Defense
Phoenix Off vs Golden State - Points For 104.3 Points For
Phoenix Off vs Golden State - Points Against 107.6 Points Against
Phoenix - FG% 44.0 FG%
Golden State - FG% 44.2 FG%
Phoenix - Reb 44.1 Reb
Golden State - Reb 42.1 Reb