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Warriors vs. Wizards preview: Golden State travels to D.C., where the magic happens?

Wednesday, the Warriors will get to tour the Pentagon. Tomorrow, they try to bury a bad memory of the Pacers game with a strong showing against the struggling Wizards, who have lost 8 of their last 10 games.

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Golden State Warriors vs. Washington Wizards

Verizon Center -- Washington, D.C.

4 p.m. PST

TV: CSNBA/HD | Radio: KNBR 680

Buddy blog: Bullets Forever

Stephen Curry is listed as questionable for the Golden State Warriors' game against the Washington Wizards, and there's this surprising nugget:

I'll put in my vote for Steve Kerr to rest Curry, even if he is good to go.

Last game was a demoralizing defeat for the team. If doubt starts creeping into the players' minds that they are only a great team because of Curry, that doesn't do wonders for their overall confidence, does it? Draymond Green fouled out for the first time this season, often a sign of a get-me-off-the-floor mentality (though this happened in the final minute, and Draymond would probably feel some of the calls were unwarranted.)

The Warriors can play Curry a lot in the playoffs (42.3 mpg in the Clippers series last year), but playing without him is still an area that needs work. This is as good a time as any to make progress on that front, and give the rest of the players another chance to prove they can 'curry on' as a team in his absence.

In other injury news, Bradley Beal has missed the last 5 games with a "mild stress reaction in his right leg" (Warriors.com). He is listed as doubtful. Garrett Temple is expected to start in his place, who hit three 3-pointers in their last game against the Detroit Pistons. With the Wizards shooting 24.1% from deep in their last 4 games, they could use a lift in that department.

Curry seems to be moving pretty well in this shoot-around today, and Steve Kerr talks about some things to look out for in the upcoming matchup:

John Wall is currently the league leader in assists per game (10.1), and as Kerr mentioned, Marcin Gortat and Nene can be a real headache when they get going. The Wizards are pretty deep in terms of big guys, with Kris Humphries rounding out the 20+ minutes per game club, and two more in the 10+ range (Kevin Seraphin and Drew Gooden). That could be a bit problematic for the Dubs.

The Wizards also have an interesting mix of young and old in their rotation:

  • Bradley Beal and Otto Porter are both 21 years old
  • Two old dogs are still logging big minutes - Paul Pierce (37 y.o., 27 mpg) and Rasual Butler (35 y.o., 21 mpg)

The trade deadline held a little excitement down in Washington, as they shipped off Andre Miller and received Ramon Sessions in return, a worthy backup to John Wall.

Over on BulletsForever, Ben Becker makes an interesting analogy with the Warriors: Randy Wittman as their version of Mark Jackson. Check it out here. As you may have guessed, they're not particularly smitten with their head coach, and hope to find a new coach that unlocks their full potential (a la Kerr). An excerpt:

Offensively, the Wizards run a ton of complicated action that culminates in shots that defenses basically want them to take. While they shoot it well at the rim and from beyond the arc, they lead the league in long two's -- the game's worst shot.

To continue this analogy, Becker brings up how Otto Porter is in a similar situation to the one Harrison Barnes was in last year, in terms of a young swingman with a potentially high ceiling, who could benefit from more time with the starters. Wittman presumably favors the experience of Paul Pierce and Rasual Butler over the development of the young fella.

As you watch this game, it's up to you to decide how apt this analogy is, and whether you feel like you are getting a glimpse of the Warriors' past.

I'll leave you with this:

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