The Golden State Warriors have managed to avoid going down 3-0 in their first-round playoff series against the Sacramento Kings after pulling out a 114-97 win in game three.Despite being without defensive leader Draymond Green, who was suspended for a stomp on Domantas Sabonis, the Warriors were able to create a double-digit lead late in the second quarter and fight off a late rally by the Kings. Stephen Curry led the offense with 36 points, while Kevon Looney grabbed a career-high 20 rebounds. To avoid tying the series, the Kings must win on the Warriors’ home court.
Golden State Warriors win pivotal game 3 against Sacramento Kings
Green and defensive stopper Gary Payton II were also absent with illnesses for the Warriors. Moses Moody and Jonathan Kuminga were given increased playing time in Green’s absence, and both players contributed 19 points. Looney handled much of the defense against Sabonis, and despite finishing with 15 points and 16 rebounds, the Kings’ star player was booed throughout the game.
The Kings are suddenly on the back foot after a near-perfect start to the series and must win on the Warriors’ home court to keep the series alive. Game 4 will be played on Sunday, with the Kings trying to take advantage of their home court advantage and avoid squandering their chance to compete for a spot in the NBA’s elite.
Coach Steve Kerr encouraged the Warriors to be more careful with the ball and take better shots in the lead up to game three. The players responded by dominating the game, allowing them to remain in the series and setting up a crucial game four.
The Warriors’ win in game three showed their depth and resilience, with players stepping up in the absence of key defensive players. With Green set to return for game four, the Warriors will be hopeful that they can tie the series and keep their title hopes alive.
Warriors’ depth and resilience on display in win without suspended Green
With Draymond Green back in the lineup for Game 4, the Warriors will definitely feel better. His defensive presence and leadership on the court are invaluable to the team, and they will need him to help slow down the Kings’ high-powered offense. The Warriors, on the other hand, showed during Game 3 that they are not a one-man show, with contributions coming from all over the roster. They have a solid chance of moving to the second round and keeping their title chances alive if they can reproduce that level of play in Game 4 and beyond.