Game day: Orange Slices for Warriors at Suns –

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WARRIORS (5-0) at SUNS (3-3) … 6 p.m. tip-off Sunday

C:Andrew Bogut…. Miles Plumlee

PF:Draymond Green … Markieff Morris

SF:Harrison Barnes … Marcus Morris

SG:Klay Thompson … Goran Dragic

PG:Stephen Curry … Eric Bledsoe

Key Warriors reserves:Andre Iguodala, Leandro Barbosa, Shaun Livingston, Marreese Speights, Festus Ezeli.

Key Warriors injuries:David Lee (hamstring) is out.

Onto the Orange Slices:

* This all looks familiar. The Suns are sitting in ninth place in the Western Conference. They are good enough to compete with the West’s best, beating defending champ San Antonio and inexperienced enough to los second-half leads in each loss.

Their past two losses have come when they lost fourth-quarter leads at home to Memphis and Sacramento, teams who are 11-2 combined. Even in a five-game, 10-day homestand, there is no relief.

The Suns will have to dig in for traction tonight because the NBA’s only remaining undefeated team, Golden State, visits. What the Warriors have done is not five-game fluke. They are shooting better than any NBA team at 49.3 percent and holding teams to a league-low 39.9 percent clip. They have won games by an average of 14.8 points and lead the league with 10.2 steals per game and 21.4 opponent turnovers per game.

“It’s going to take a lot to beat those guys,” Suns guard Goran Dragic said. “We need to have this game because we let this last one go. We already had it in our hands but we didn’t play well in the end.”

* Golden State is in the second night of a road back-to-back after winning 98-87 Saturday night at Houston but is already 3-0 on the road, including a 95-77 rout at Sacramento that is the Kings’ only loss. The Warriors have won 21 of their past 29 road games.

They were down eight at halftime Saturday night in Houston but outscored the Rockets 50-31 in the second half and got a 34-point, 10-reobund, five-assist, four-steal performance from Stephen Curry. That helped them survive 26 turnovers and a three-for-16 shooting night from Klay Thompson, the eliteshooter who missed all six of his 3-point shots.

Curry shares the NBA scoring lead with Kobe Bryant at 27.6 points per game but also is averaging 7.2 rebounds, 6.6 assists and 3.2 steals.

With a win tonight, it would be Golden State’s best franchise start since 1960-61 when the team was in Philadelphia. It is happening under rookie head coach Steve Kerr, the former Suns general manager who lured former Suns coach and good friend Alvin Gentry from his Clippers post to be the lead assistant at Golden State. Tonight also marks the return of Leandro Barbosa, the Suns guard of two stints.

“They’ve got the spread with Thompson and Curry putting on a lot of pressure,” Suns coach Jeff Hornacek said. “The other guys can get shots. Harrison Barnes and Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala are very good players who are on the wings spreading it out. We’re going to have to be focused defensively. They’re going to make shots. We can’t hang our heads. We have to keep working.”

* Warriors opponents have only shot 25.8 percent from 3-point range but it is not for a lack of opportunities. Teams are averaging 24 3-point shots per game against Golden State, which lays back enough defensively to often leave those shots for the taking.

The Suns have only shot 32.5 percent from 3-point range this season, ranking 20th in the NBA.

* Despite the two-game skid, Hornacek sounds like he senses improvement. “It was a little bit of a struggle the first few games but I thought all of our guys played pretty well (Friday against Sacramento).”

Had the Suns not blown multiple late chances, it would have been a quality win with feel-good storylines.

After scoring six points against Memphis, Dragic had a season-high 22 points.

Bledsoe had a 23-point, eight-assist line.

Miles Plumlee recorded season highs for points (15) and rebounds (16) to get his first double-double in six games. He had not had a 15-point, 15-rebound game since December.

* Hornacek made reference to using P.J. Tucker earlier after Friday’s win but also praised the defensive work that Marcus Morris did on Rudy Gay, who went from four games of 60 percent shooting to a five-for-22 night against the Suns. It is not necessarily just a small forward quandary with Tucker able to play multiple positions. He even spent time at shooting guard in the 37 minutes that he played Friday night, when he had 15 points and seven rebounds.

“He’s one of our aggressive players,” Hornacek said. “We need that intensity from everybody. He didn’t care who he guarded. If it was a big guy, small guy, he wanted to take that challenge. Again, he’s kind of our guy, our energy guy. So we’ll probably have to get him in earlier, I guess.”

* Previously the Suns’ leading scorer, Isaiah Thomas scored three points Friday in his first game against his old Kings team. He had not scored three points or fewer in a game since Feb. 27, 2013.

Markieff Morris now is the Suns’ leading scorer at 17.3 points per game, even though he fouled out Friday after fouling twice all of last season.

* The Suns are allowing 17.7 fastbreak points per game, the second highest total in the league.

* The Suns are averaging 21.3 points in the fourth quarter, the fourth lowest fourth-quarter scoring average in the NBA.

* Cole Mickelson’s Stone Cole Fact o’ the Day: Friday night’s loss to Sacramento marked first time that the Suns had lost a game when Dragic and Bledsoe each score at least 16 points. They had been 17-0.

* The last word goes to Hornacek on the difference between a 36-point first quarter and late-game offensive struggles against Sacramento: “Were we faster? A little bit but we weren’t flying. It’s just that we made shots. As some of our coaches said, it’s a make/miss league.”

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Game day: Orange Slices for Warriors at Suns –