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Play-in preview: Warriors’ season on the line against the Kings
The Warriors will face the Kings in a single-elimination game Tuesday night
>Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry #30 shoots the game-winning
basket over Sacramento Kings’ De’Aaron Fox #5 in the fourth quarter of
their NBA game at the Chase Center in San Francisco, Calif., on
Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2023. The Warriors defeated the Kings 116-115 in
their preseason game. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)

Danny Emerman is a Bay Area News Group sports reporter
By DANNY EMERMAN | | Bay Area News Group
PUBLISHED: April 14, 2024 at 3:04 p.m. | UPDATED: April 14, 2024 at 3:10

The Warriors are back in the play-in tournament, and any single loss
will end their season.

Despite winning their season finale over Utah, the Warriors couldn’t
climb out of the No. 10 seed as the Kings and Lakers both won on Sunday,

It’s not the fate the Warriors — winners of four championships in the
past decade and with a record-breaking luxury tax bill — wanted, but
it’s the fate they earned in a loaded Western Conference. Too many blown
leads, a 21-20 home record and Draymond Green’s suspensions prevented
them from reaching their potential.

Golden State finished with more wins than last year, when it claimed the
sixth seed, but its record this season was only good enough for 10th.
Under the format before the play-in tournament, the Warriors (46-36)
wouldn’t be in the postseason at all.

There is a strong belief within the Warriors organization that they can
beat any team on any given night. They have four Hall of Famers, a group
of ascending young talent contributing, a defense that has rounded into
shape around Draymond Green and Trayce Jackson-Davis, and finished the
regular season winners of 10 of their last 12 games.

Their belief will be tested, first on Tuesday (7 p.m., TNT) at Golden 1
Center against the Kings in a Northern California single-elimination
game. If they win, they’ll advance to a second road elimination game
Friday against the loser of the 7/8 matchup between the Pelicans and Lakers.

Two wins would earn them a series against the top-seeded Oklahoma City

- Season series

The Warriors and Kings split four games but have not played since the
Kings won 134-133 at Chase Center on Jan. 25.

The Kings will host because they won the tiebreaker by virtue of
conference record.

Both Warriors wins came early in the season, before their rotation fell
into place. In those games, Domantas Sabonis, who has historically
struggled against Golden State, shot a combined 15-for-31.

The Kings later eliminated the Warriors from the in-season tournament
and won a late-January bout in San Francisco. Three of the four games
between the Kings and Warriors were decided by one point.

- Postseason history

Don’t call it a rivalry…right?

The Warriors eliminated the Kings last year in the first round, winning
in seven games. Curry dropped 50 points in Game 7 of a testy series.
Draymond Green got suspended for a game for stomping on Domantas
Sabonis’ chest, which intensified the bad blood between the two Northern
California teams.

But is it a rivalry? The jury’s still out.

“I’m gonna have to check with the committee that defines what rivalry
actually means,” Curry said this past November. “I love the narrative
around the back-and-forth, we’ve played them so many times over the last
couple of years. Whatever you call it, it’s fun basketball.”

That seven-game series is the only time the Warriors and Kings have
matched up in the postseason. Sabonis and De’Aaron Fox are All-Stars,
but the Kings are still vying to become more than second fiddle in the

- Storylines to track

Sacramento stumbled to the finish line, losing both Kevin Huerter and
Malik Monk to injuries. The Kings crushed Portland in the regular season
finale, but lost five of six before that.

If Monk, one of the game’s best bench scorers, can return for the
play-in, that would be a major boost for the Kings.

Warriors take care of Jazz in finale, brace for tough postseason path
Why Warriors are sitting Steph Curry, Draymond Green in Game 82
Game 82: How Warriors are approaching regular season finale
Kurtenbach: An unstoppable big man hit the the Warriors with a
serious reality check
Pelicans shoot down Warriors’ hopes of escaping lowest play-in round

Kings head coach Mike Brown, a former Warriors assistant, knows the
Warriors’ system inside and out. No action or set the Warriors run will
surprise Sacramento.

And while the Warriors have much more postseason experience than the
Kings, some of Golden State’s young contributors are still getting their
playoff feet wet. Jonathan Kuminga hasn’t been much of a factor in prior
playoff series, and rookies Brandin Podziemski and Jackson-Davis will
get tested.

Sacramento, given its injuries, is probably the easiest draw the
Warriors could’ve gotten for their first play-in game. But given the
recent history between the teams, don’t bank on a Warriors walkover.

- West bracket

No. 1 Oklahoma City vs. No. 8 TBD

No. 2 Denver vs. No. 7 TBD

No. 3 Minnesota vs. No. 6 Phoenix

No. 4 LA Clippers vs. No. 5 Dallas


No. 7 New Orleans vs. No. 8 LA Lakers

No. 9 Sacramento vs. No. 10 Golden State

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