The Golden State Warriors take on the Los Angeles Lakers in Friday's exhibition which is part of the NBA Global Games in Shanghai, China which will be broadcast live on NBA TV and CSN Bay Area at 4:30 a.m. PT.
The Warriors beat the Lakers 100-95 on Tuesday in Beijing while L.A. took the preseason opener on Oct. 5.
Here are three things to watch:
- Bogut in the paint. Contract negotiations have opened for Andrew Bogut whose averaging 10 rebounds, six points, two assists, and one block per 23 minutes through four preseason games. On Tuesday he played like the beast that showed up last postseason during a half-hour of floor time protecting the rim. Expect him to get similar minutes on Thursday as head coach Mark Jackson pushes his starters.
- Curry-Lee dynamics. The Stephen Curry-David Lee combination accounted for 55 of Golden State’s 100 points last game showing just how effective they can be as they led the Warriors third quarter comeback. In the bigger picture it’s telling that the teams’ primary scorers are in sync this early.
- 15th man competition. With two weeks until the regular-season opener Seth Curry, Dewayne Dedmon and Joe Alexander are the candidates for the final roster spot. Alexander has been nursing a tibial stress reaction since training camp so it’s really down to Curry and Dedmon neither of whom have had significant game minutes.