Warriors point guard Stephen Curry and Milwaukee Bucks counterpart Brandon Jennings will always be grouped together, along with Sacramento's Tyreke Evans, because of last season's hotly contested Rookie of the Year race.
Though Evans took the award, Jennings won bragging rights over Curry with a 55-point effort against the Warriors last year and two subsequent wins. He takes that 3-0 record and big statistical edge over Curry into tonight's game, as Golden State tries to go to 2-4 on its eight-game homestand.
"It's a matchup I need to win if we are going to win," Curry said after Wednesday's practice.
Jennings is averaging 33 points and six assists and shooting 49 percent against the Warriors, while Curry comes in at 13, 3.3 and 40 percent against the Bucks, who do a good job of slowing the game down against the Warriors.
"They make it difficult for you to have a lot of fun," Golden State coach Keith Smart said.
The Warriors become very uncomfortable when they get out of their up-tempo style.
"So we have to really focus on getting stops, pushing it in transition and keeping the tempo at a high pace," Curry said.
One thing in the Warriors' favor is the fact that Jennings just came back from a broken foot and the Bucks played in Phoenix on Wednesday night. He played 24 minutes and scored six with five assists in Milwaukee's 92-77 loss.
Stephen Curry savors rematch with Brandon Jennings
San Francisco Chronicle | Feb 3