38-4 (19-4 ROAD)
24-16 (16-7 HOME)
|January 20, 2016
|United Center — Chicago, IL
|5 p.m. PST
|National: ESPN | Local: CSN Bay Area | KNBR 680 AM|
|Blog Buddy: Blog a Bull|
|Stephen Curry||G||Derrick Rose
|Klay Thompson||G||Jimmy Butler|
|Harrison Barnes||F||Tony Snell|
|Draymond Green||F||Taj Gibson
|Andrew Bogut||C||Pau Gasol|
|James Michael McAdoo (toe) - Questionable
||Mike Dunleavy (back) - Out
Kirk Hinrich (quad) - Questionable
Joakim Noah (shoulder) - Out
The Warriors. Welp, I wasn't expecting that performance in Cleveland. I was being optimistic, expecting a close game (if not a tough loss) against a riled up Cleveland Cavaliers team.
Instead we saw the Golden State Warriors steamroll past a dumbfounded Cavaliers squad, 132-98. The numbers don't lie: Stephen Curry finished with 35 points, Draymond Green added on a double-double performance (16 points & 10 rebounds) and Klay Thompson drained 15 points. Andre Iguodala was right behind 'em with 20 points and 5 assists coming off the bench.
Monday's performance at Quicken Loans Arena reminded me of a crazy streetball match-up where the kings of the court schooled a bunch of new kids on the block. The team effort Golden State displayed over the Cavs was unprecedented, reminding the NBA why the Warriors won it all last season. Their next stop, Chicago.
The Bulls are also coming off a 111-101 win over Detroit on Monday night without their center Joakim Noah, who may be out for 4-6 months after shoulder surgery. Pau Gasol led the Bulls in double figures with 31 points and 12 rebounds. Derrick Rose dropped two big baskets late in the game adding 20 points to his score sheet. The Bulls' focused ball movement posted 28 assists on 44 field goals — this should keep our guys on the other side busy.
Key to the game: Run, gun & have fun.
The Warriors made it look too easy Monday night. Everything went their way and they didn't stop owning the court — a complete opposite from Saturday night's loss in Detroit. After Monday's win, if the Dubs can keep this momentum going with key players making contributions, the game is theirs. "Team chemistry" is key tonight!
• Stephen Curry: The guy is changing the game as we know it and he's putting on one helluva a show. Chicago fans are in for a treat if Steph brings his A-game. Predicting that Steph's gonna mess around and get a triple double is an understatement. (If not, I wouldn't be surprised if Draymond pulled one off!)
• Steph, Klay & Dray: The Warriors trio will be a handful for Chicago if they can't contain them.
• Having fun seems to be the key with this team: They've got a strong bond inside and outside of the basketball court, which is a rarity in this league. The Dubs are going into arenas winning games and having fun at the same time. No surprise this mentality carries on in Chicago tonight.
• Bench participation: We've got a deep bench and these guys are making things happen. Expecting a big performance from our bench unit.
Let's keep the momentum going! Warriors win by 8!