OAKLAND – After losing at Denver on Friday while resting four regulars as a fifth player sat out a one-game suspension, the Warriors will have a more familiar look upon returning to comforts of Oracle.
That they'll be facing the downright dreadful New York Knicks on Saturday is all the more convenient.
While the Warriors (51-13) are preparing for what they hope will be an extended run in the postseason, the Knicks (13-51) have given up on this season and are planning to start rebuilding in earnest over the summer.
The new New York hierarchy – team president Phil Jackson and coach Derek Fisher – realize they have an incredible amount of work ahead.
Warriors by 20.
MATCHUPS TO WATCH:
Andrew Bogut vs. Andrea Bargnani. Clearly the most skilled New York starter, Bargnani is averaging 19.5 points over the past four games. The 7-footer is capable of going outside the paint, in which case he likely will be defended by one of the Warriors forwards.
Klay Thompson vs. Alexey Shved. Acquired from the Rockets on Feb. 19, Shved has done a nice job while getting fairly consistent minutes as a combo guard. Given the green light to fire away, the 6-6 Russian is shooting 44 percent from deep over the past five games.
KEYS TO VICTORY:
1) Stay focused. The Warriors haven't posted a 20-point rout at home since Jan. 23. They should have not problem accomplishing that if they stay on task.
2) Beat their bench. Tim Hardaway Jr. is dangerous off the bench; he torched the Lakers in a win on Thursday. The Warriors can't let him get going in a building his father knows well.
3) Respect the ball. The only way the Warriors can keep it close is by being sloppy and committing turnovers. They've been known to do precisely that.
Warriors 7-3, Knicks 3-7.
Warriors: No injuries listed.
Knicks: F Carmelo Anthony (left knee surgery), F Quincy Acy (sore left knee) and G Jose Calderon (sore left Achilles) are listed as out.
The Warriors have won 10 of the last 12 meetings at Oracle, and 18 of the last 24 overall. The Warriors posted a 106-92 win over the Knicks on Feb. 7 at Madison Square Garden.