Orlando Magic (7-12) @ Golden State Warriors (14-2)
7:30 PM PT | Oracle Arena
TV: CSN Bay Area, FS Florida
Radio: KNBR 680 AM, ESPN 580 / 1440 AM
Buddy blog: Orlando Pinstriped Post
Going to the game?
Be sure to get there early enough to witness Stephen Curry's nightly long-distance warmup. The far-basket curve shot is bound to go down soon, with his ability to end droughts and all. Oh, and remember to give a warm welcome back to our squad after their perfect 5-game road trip.
For the dedicated pre-gamer:
1) Take a second look at Jared Stearne's recap of last week's matchup. Among other things, Jared points out how valuable Andrew Bogut was in our first meeting, especially in terms of rim protection. Festus Ezeli and Ognjen Kuzmic are listed as available, but who knows how likely it is they will see playing time. Festus Ezeli has been held to 4 minutes in the last 4 games, while Ognjen Kuzmic has played just 2 minutes in the last 5 games. If we see Andrew Bogut in lineups without Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson again, look for him to be the pinnacle of our pseudo-triangle offense. His skill set is making him look increasingly like Tim Duncan.
2) Scour the Orlando Blog here.
After having x-rays taken on Sunday, there will be some concern about Stephen Curry's status for tonight's game. If he does play (he probably will), his minutes will most likely be lower than his average this season (32.5). David Lee is still out for the time being. Leandro Barbosa is questionable (right knee). Aaron Gordon and Devyn Marble are out for the Magic. They haven't had big roles on the team this year.
1) Wesley Matthews is the current 3-point scoring leader with 52 made. Stephen Curry is second with 51, Klay Thompson 6th with 41. Expect both to move up after this game, if like me you are concerned with such trivialities.
2) Tonight we have a chance of being the first team this season to reach a 10-game win-streak, and no, it's not a trap. Nice to get a streak going early in the season as opposed to a late streak that might distract us from honing in on the postseason.
Predicting the future?
In the event that the Splash Brothers aren't splashing tonight, who will give us that extra push on the offensive end? Draymond Green and Marreese Speights have filled that role recently, but with the Warriors boasting the best assisted field goal ratio in the NBA (54.6%), the door is wide open.