Fully expecting a bounce-back week from Klay. - Jerome Miron-US PRESSWIRE
After a solid week of beating injury-riddled teams, the Warriors come back home to play several quality teams sandwiched around a road game during Turkey week.
Last year (known as the season of Tank City), the Warriors were able to win 3 out of 4 games exactly three times. The first time, it was sandwiched by a grand total of five losses. Another time, they followed up a three-game winning streak filled with promise by losing four straight immediately after.
You may not remember it specifically but I'm fairly certain there was an air of Warriors gloom-and-doom around your computer as you glossed over another lost season.
If the Warriors have serious hopes about sneaking into the playoffs, or at least staying afloat until Andrew Bogut comes back, they'll have to find a way to win at least one of the games this week.
It also appears that Bogut may actually be back early December (pure speculation).
Here's the schedule. All times Pacific.
Wednesday, vs. Nets, 7:30 p.m., CSNBayArea
I'd argue that the Brooklyn Nets are a tad overrated right now. Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Gerald Wallace (more ankles), Brook Lopez and Kris Humphries are solid players. But their lack of defense and a bench is a concern.
They also managed to do this. So Mizra Teletovic immediately becomes my player to watch. Also it's always fun to watch Stephen Curry match up against one of the better point guards in the league. Feels like the last time Deron Williams played the Dubs, he was dressed in full villain garb and was knocking threes down in Baron Davis' face.
And Derek Fisher was walking into the stadium mid-game and knocking down huge threes and yeah.
Anyways, game on the eve of Thanksgiving. Revenge!
Friday, at Nuggets, 6:00 p.m., CSNBayArea
The last time the Warriors faced off against the Nuggets, it was a slow, plodding effort that turned a promising feel-good win turned into a disastrous loss that is apparently still plaguing Klay Thompson.
So naturally, Klay will hit the game-winning three this time. Preferably a pull-up off-balance hoist with Stephen Curry open in the corner and David Lee under the basket. That's Klay right now, and I'd love for him to hit a big one for his confidence.
Or just make one. Any one. A layup would be nice.
Saturday, vs. Timberwolves, 7:30 p.m., CSNBayArea
The former two games are against obvious contenders and the Warriors would do well to gain a split. This game against the Timberwolves pits two teams that will presumably be fighting for the last playoff spot.
Nikola Pekovic, who was missing last time, will be back for this matchup and go up against Festus Ezeli. A really good barometer to see where Festus is as a defender. Pekovic is one of the strongest players in the low post but Ezeli is a very strong man in his own right.
Also, should we call him Festus or Ezeli? I'm going with Festus. Has a nice ring to it and rolls off the tongue when you're screaming at him to rotate on weak-side defense to cover for David Lee.
Should be a very fun week of basketball for the Golden State Warriors.