Marreese Speights will face his old team for the first time in the regular season Wednesday. (Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Warriors kick off road trip against rival that poached a fan favorite

The Warriors start a tough stretch of five road games in seven days starting today, when they play the Los Angeles Clippers in Staples Center.

The Clips offer a challenge to the undersized Dubs because they start a traditional front court with Blake Griffin at the four and DeAndre Jordan in the middle.

Head coach Steve Kerr doesn’t plan to alter his rotations to account for this fact.

“We’ll pretty much use that lineup against everybody, regardless of matchups,” Kerr said.

There’ll be a familiar face on the opponent’s bench, though, in Marreese Speights. Mo Buckets, as he was known by fans and his teammates, has been a solid addition for Los Angeles, averaging 8.4 points and 4.6 rebounds in just 15.5 minutes per game. He’s also hitting just less than one 3-pointer per game.

“I just think everyone around here gets a smile on their face thinking about Mo,” Kerr said. “He’s one of the best shooters in the league, so he’s instant offense and a great teammate. He brings a quiet joy to the locker room.”

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