If I had told you that the Golden State Warriors were 3-4 despite losing Brandon Rush to a season-ending injury and Andrew Bogut for the foreseeable future, you'd be somewhat optimistic. Not happy or anything, but certainly thinking about improvements, potential, blah blah blah.
Here's the "optimistic" schedule ahead. All times Pacific.
Wednesday, vs. Hawks, 7:30 p.m., CSNBayArea
Andris Biedrins had *insert stats*, *insert stat* and two made free throws. Wait, WHAT?! Looks like the big Latvian is starting to play better after a forgettable season the last couple years. The Atlanta Hawks are 2-3 so both teams are under .500 and this should be a good matchup. Unless you are going to focus on David Lee guarding a combination of Al Horford, Josh Smith and Ivan Johnson. Yikes. Stephen Curry's jumper, Stephen Curry's jumper, Stephen Curry's jumper. Ahh, therapeutic.
Friday, at Timberwolves, 5:00 p.m., CSNBayArea
Good news: Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio are out. Bad news: Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio are out. Thus depriving us of being able to watch two of the most exciting and dynamic players in basketball. It doesn't help that the Wolves have their own Andrew Bogut as Brandon Roy already has knee issues. However, this bodes well for a Warriors team either looking to go over .500 or to avoid falling deeper into misery.
Saturday, at Oklahoma City, 4:00 p.m., CSNBayArea
I think we're due for one of the patented what-the-heck wins from the Warriors three weeks into the season. Or at least they'll keep it close and try like hell to give it away three times at the end. Pretty much the same thing. Oh, this happened already? Whatever. I was too busy having a life on Saturday night anyways. (Nope, watched every second).
Also, this is our first look at the Harden-less Thunder. Should be fun watching Russell Westbrook jack up contested threes while Kevin Durant stands by himself in the corner watching.