The Warriors, wounded and probably tired, will continue their records chase Friday night when they confront the Chicago Bulls at Oracle Arena.
Coming off an emotional comeback win over the Clippers on Thursday night in Los Angeles, the Warriors (13-0) are trying to maintain perfection and push their record to 14-0 as they pursue the NBA record of 15 straight wins to open a season.
Though the Bulls (8-3) replaced Tom Thibodeau with Fred Hoiberg, one thing has not changed. They still play terrific defense. Their current four-game win streak is largely a product of holding opponents to 94.3 points per game.
As the Warriors needed any more incentive, they also would like to extend their franchise-record home win streak to 26. Their last home loss was against, yes, these Chicago Bulls last Jan. 27.
Warriors by 9.
MATCHUP TO WATCH
Klay Thompson vs. Jimmy Butler. Conceivably the top two two-way shooting guards in the league, and the frequent absences of Derrick Rose has created room for Butler to take on a leadership role. He is flourishing. Thompson relishes a challenge, and he’ll get one. So, too, will Butler in trying to contain Thompson.
Warriors: G Shaun Livingston (hip flexor strain) and G Leandro Barbosa (virus) are listed as questionable. F Kevon Looney (hip surgery) remains out indefinitely.
Bulls: G Derrick Rose (L ankle sprain), F Mike Dunleavy (back) and G Aaron Brooks (L hamstring strain) are listed as out.
The teams split the last two season series. The Warriors have lost eight of the last 12 meetings and have not swept Chicago a multiple-game series since 2000-01.
“Chicago is one of the only teams that beat us at home last year. These guys take pride in playing at Oracle. We’re going to remind them – and I’m sure they won’t need us to remind them – about that. Some guys might be tired, but once that Oracle crowd gets going I expect our guys to be full speed.” – Warriors interim coach Luke Walton