The Golden State Warriors are going to be short-handed Monday night, but given their opponent’s current stretch of futility, that might not matter much.
The Warriors will be without David Lee and possibly Andrew Bogut as they try to avoid their third loss in four games when they host the Philadelphia 76ers, losers of six straight and coming off the most lopsided defeat in the NBA this season.
Lee will miss his third straight game with a left shoulder sprain and left hip strain, and Bogut has missed the last two and is questionable with left shoulder inflammation. Coach Mark Jackson wasn’t hiding behind a depleted lineup when explaining Saturday’s 122-109 loss at Phoenix.
"We are a no-excuse team," Jackson said. "Obviously we’re missing those guys but we still have more than enough to win ball games."
Stephen Curry had 28 points and nine assists, but the Suns shot 53.8 percent from the field and hit 11 of 21 3-pointers.
"They got hot," said Curry, averaging 30.8 points in his last four games on 54.2 percent shooting. "… We had some shots that spun in and out. It was one of those nights we thought that, besides the boards, we played well all-around. We didn’t have timely stops."
With their two key big men sidelined, the Warriors (30-21) were outrebounded 45-34. They were, however, able to find offense elsewhere without Lee, their second-leading scorer (18.9 points per game). Harrison Barnes scored 23 off the bench, but Golden State is 0-4 when he reaches 20 points.
The only member of Golden State’s regular starting frontcourt who hasn’t been out lately is Andre Iguodala, who now plays his second game as a member of the Warriors against his former team. In the first, Iguodala had a game-high 32 points – 10 more than he’s had in any other game this season – in his second trip back to Philadelphia as the Warriors won 110-90 on Nov. 4 against the previously undefeated 76ers. He’ll do the hosting this time, and his former team’s current form isn’t likely to make him reminisce.
Philadelphia (15-37) shot a season-low 27.0 percent Sunday in a 123-78 road loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. It was the league’s most lopsided game of the season and the Sixers’ worst since losing by 50 to Houston in 2006-07, and they’re now within a game of matching a season-high seven-game losing streak.
"We ran into a buzz saw and we got jumped early," coach Brett Brown said.
Brown’s team has allowed an average of 115.8 points during the six-game skid, losing by an average of 19.0. Leading scorer Evan Turner has shot 33.3 percent in that span while being held to 10.7 points per game – nearly seven below his average.
Tony Wroten, averaging 18.2 points in his last five games, scored a team-high 21 off the bench Sunday while Thaddeus Young had 15 points and 11 rebounds.
Philadelphia followed one of its best 3-point shooting nights with one of its worst. After making 15 of 32 on Friday in a loss to the Los Angeles Lakers, the 76ers went 3 of 28 against the Clippers.