The Warriors will need Curry to remain hot for the road trip. - Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
After a very disapponting loss to the Orlando Magic the night before, the Warriors embark on a seven-game road trip. It'll be a good barometer to see if they are real playoff contenders.
Of course that happened. You know you can't have it all, right?
Also, is it possible for a team that has made the playoffs once in the past 18 years to have a trap game? What even constitutes a trap game? We just sort of assumed the Warriors were better than the Orlando Magic despite the Magic beating the Lakers the night before and the Dubs winning a bunch of close games.
Not the best way to start a seven-game road trip on the east coast but the good news is that it starts rather easily. Or so it seems.
But let's just erase this loss from our minds. 10-7 isn't bad. That's actually pretty darned good. Think of it as the Dubs losing to the Brooklyn Nets or the Los Angeles Clippers—quality teams—earlier in the season and substitute in a win tonight. See? Much better.
Dubs seven-game road trip is their longest since the 2010-11 season— #GSWStats (@gswstats) December 4, 2012
Here is the schedule for the week. All times Pacific.
Wednesday, vs. Pistons, 4:30 p.m., CSNBayArea
A solid firsthand look at Greg Monroe, who the Warriors could have had if they hadn't chosen to draft Ekpe Udoh for reasons known only to no one. Another player to watch is Andre Drummond, whom I personally would have taken as the seventh pick in the draft. He is a very mobile, athletic big, but has below-average hands and fouling issues. The Pistons are 6-13 so they are a bit worse than the Orlando Magic but with the way the Dubs played last night, they could lose to anyone.
Friday, vs. Nets, 4:30 p.m., CSNBayArea
A couple weeks ago, the Nets appeared to take the Warriors lightly (benching Gerald Wallace for rest anyone?) and lost to them in a game that saw Klay Thompson finally shoot out of his struggles. This time, I'm sure they won't be doing the same thing.
It may be a bit early for a preview but watching Brook Lopez's post moves this year has been fascinating. He essentially has a forward's repertoire in a center's body; possessing a rip move, mid-range bank shot and floater.
Saturday, vs. Wizards, 4:00 p.m., CSNBayArea
If this doesn't result in a Warriors win, it will mean a) Stephen Curry's ankle b) Stephen Curry's ankle c) Stephen Curry's other ankle.
Not even sure why I brought that up. Must be the stench of last night's game still wearing on me.
Anyways, what would constitute a successful road trip for the Dubs? Leave the comments below.