The Warriors survived game three without Draymond Green in convincing fashion. Will they be able to carry it on to game four and the rest of the series?
The Warriors rocked out in Chase Center last night defeating the Sacramento Kings 114-97 and getting their first win of the series. The story heading into this game was the suspension of Draymond Green. Green was suspended for game three after the league determined that his conduct was detrimental to the NBA and his prior history warranted a suspension. Many people including the Golden State Warriors themselves were upset with the decision however the Warriors would have to regroup after losing two games on the road in Golden One Center.
Despite everything surrounding the team, The Golden State Warriors opened up as six point favorites to win the game according to caesars sports book considering their amazing home record this season. The Warriors at home defend on an elite level but struggle to keep up with that on the road as they drop to a top five worst defense when playing away from the Chase Center. That home defense showed up in this game three as the Kings were held to just 38 percent shooting from the field and 23.4 percent shooting from behind the arc. The Warriors were also the better team from an offensive rebounding perspective collecting 5 more than the Kings and nine of those belonging to Kevon Looney
Kevon Looney and Stepehen Curry also were they keys for the Warriors winning this game. Steph scored 36 points and was 50 percent from behind the arc, while Looney only scored four points, he had a career playoff high nine assists and 20 rebounds. Looney was the big piece in filling Green's role letting this Warriors team operate often similarly to the way the Warriors do when Draymond is available.
The Warriors are now down 2-1 to the Kings and will have Draymond back for game four which comes with a lot of energy for this team. If the Warriors are able to win game four they shoot themselves right back into this series however the Dubs are going to have to win one of two games on the road to be able to move on to the second round. The Warriors are very well capable of winning in Sacramento but the key will be the defense of the Warriors playing like they are in Chase Center instead of playing like they're away from the Bay Area.