Stephen Curry can't be stopped. - USA TODAY Sports
The Golden State Warriors face off against the New Orleans Hornets in a home-friendly schedule as they cling to the sixth seed in the Western Conference.
Golden State Warriors (42-32) vs. New Orleans Hornets (26-48)
7:30 p.m. PST
Oracle Arena - Oakland, CA
TV: CSN BA | KNBR 680
Blog buddy: At the Hive
There wasn't a link dump today but I'd like to direct you to this piece by Sports Illustrated's Chris Ballard.
No one can get enough of the shooting wunderkind from Akron, Ohio. Perhaps the most shocking development in the piece was Curry having to overhaul his shooting form at a young age. Or at any age.
I remember when I had to change... never mind. No one cares.
Curry single-handedly destroyed the Portland Trail Blazers last game after watching Damian Lillard torch them in their previous matchup. Check yourself when you say the guy isn't aggressive or possess a "killer" gene. He not only beat up the Blazers but buried them 12 feet deep.
After a couple nice wins on the homestand against the Los Angeles Lakers and Washington Wizards, the Warriors dropped a stinker to the Sacramento Kings (of course I chose that game to attend). They'll need to avoid a "trap game" of course, seeing that they blew out the Hornets in their previous meeting.
Couple storylines to keep an eye on:
1. Klay Thompson's revenge tour. This is an actual thing, I think. Thompson has played some of his best games against players he's been linked to in trade rumors, including James Harden and.. well just James Harden.
Sometimes shots don't fall, and sometimes they do. In Thompson's case, his hasn't fallen for the past two games, shooting 2-19, and hasn't shot over 50 percent from the floor since 3/17 against the Houston Rockets.
Eric Gordon is up next and if his knees ever get to 50 percent, we should see a nice shooting guard matchup.
2. Monty Williams' lineups. Robin Lopez isn't THAT bad. And it's always better, in most cases, to stagger a bit of extra offense off the bench to balance the scoring between the two units. However, the Hornets aren't the San Antonio Spurs, where they can bring in Manu Ginobili because their starting lineup is so good. Hell, they aren't even the Warriors who can bring in Jack in the later stages of the game.
What they can do to improve the flow of their offense is to start Ryan Anderson at the stretch four and keep Anthony Davis as the center who runs the pick-and-roll on the wings.
The stats don't necessarily back up the lineup but there just aren't enough minutes with it yet to disprove this notion. Plus, having David Lee chase Ryan Anderson run around screens doesn't hurt, either.
Their defense is a much larger issue for the Pelicans but this is my preview so I get to fantasize about a Greivis Vasquez/Gordon/Davis/Anderson lineup as much I want.
3. The minutes for the starters. In the past several games, Mark Jackson has made a conscious effort to cut his rotation down to about seven players, with heavy minutes going to Lee and Curry. While this maximizes the talent and play on the court, it may end up a bit counterintuitive. One could argue that with so many off-days in the next few weeks, why not give them as many minutes as they can handle? Even Andrew Bogut is playing 22+ minutes in the past seven games.
There is also no way to predict the fragility and randomness of injuries—stop thinking about Kevin Ware's leg!—on the basketball court. However, it's somewhat logical to assume that the extra time on the court itself extends the player to more risks. It doesn't help that Curry, Lee and Bogut aren't built like a LeBron James.
The Warriors haven't been 11 games over .500 since 2/6 when they lost to the Oklahoma City Thunder.