Rookie Brandin Podziemski got the start at point guard
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Warriors made a switch after just two preseason games with Steph Curry and Chris Paul on the court together.
Curry and Paul were both sitting out the team’s third preseason game to rest.
Curry scored 18 points in 21 minutes and Paul added six points in 20 minutes as the Warriors defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 129-125 on Friday night.
On Sunday, the Warriors faced the Kings for the first time since the NBA Playoffs, with rookie Brandin Podziemski starting at point guard alongside Klay Thompson, Andrew Wiggins, Jonathan Kuminga, and Kevon Looney.
Kuminga, who leads the NBA with 25 points per game through two games, also leads the Warriors in preseason minutes played with 51.
With 50 minutes, Podziemski is second. According to coach Steve Kerr, the 20-year-old is wise beyond his years and “has a knack” for understanding the game at a high level.
Cory Joseph, who has been sidelined with a back injury, and Rodney McGruder, who is in the concussion protocol, will both miss Sunday’s game. Joseph, who returned to practice last week, is expected to play before the season kicks off.
Draymond Green is still out with an ankle injury, and it’s unclear if he’ll be ready for the season opener against the Suns on Oct. 24.