44-4 (22-4 ROAD)
21-25 (10-16 HOME)
February 3, 2016
|Verizon Center, Washington, DC
|CSN Bay Area, ESPN | KNBR 680 AM
|Blog Buddy: Bullets Forever
Festus Ezeli- Knee (out)
- Toe (out)
- Ankle (out)
- Knee (out)
It's a big week for Dub Nation! Coming off of a victorious trip to the Big Apple, the Warriors now head to our nation's capital. On Thursday they'll be recognized for their championship season at the White House and then head back to the Bay to prepare for a Saturday matchup against that Oklahoma City team that everyone is talking about nobody talking about. Add to the mix some football game on Sunday and it's hard to remember that the Dubs have to be somewhere tonight. Oh, right! They're taking on an underachieving Washington Wizards squad that's struggling to stay in playoff contention. I'm sure Golden State is focused and fired up for this one...
It's a trap!.. game. It's human nature to overlook what's happening today in anticipation of what's coming in the future and it's starting to look like the Warriors aren't immune to this tendency. In the past month we've seen that the Warriors bring their A-game when facing the Spurs and Cavaliers, yet nearly drop a game to the 76ers after losing their focus in the second half. Draymond Green fessed up to being "selfishly unselfish" in the game in Philadelphia, messing around trying to get a triple-double. The scare of nearly losing that one could be a valuable lesson in the long run. Has the lesson been learned?
Tonight we'll see if someone other than Klay Thompson (who's been absolutely ridiculous lately) can come out swinging. They'll have a nice advantage in that there will be a ton of Warriors fans at the Verizon Center. (That's just how DC sports go - lots of people born in other states.) In the best case scenario, the President will make it courtside to provide some inspiration. Steph can't disappoint his BFF!
The Warriors have every reason to roll against an injury plagued team that's weak on defense and dead last in the league in rebounding. Let's hope that they aren't looking past this one.
The State of the Wizards
The state of the Washington Wizards is not strong, as Nate Parham discussed with Albert Lee of Bullets Forever. The Wiz are struggling with the injury bug, recording the most missed games due to injury across the league this year. The fragile but talented Bradley Beal (remember when he and John Wall thought they were in the running for the league's best backcourt?) is playing limited minutes while recovering from
sustaining a broken nose and concussion last week. They'll also be without head coach Randy Wittman, who is on leave to grieve the passing of his brother. It's tough going for the Wiz these days. getting stuffed by Kenneth Faried
On the bright side, they have the third best three point shooter by percentage in the league. Bradley Beal? No. John Wall? No. Um... Otto Porter??? No! It's Jared Dudley. He's not a high volume shooter, but if you leave him open he can hit from behind the arc. However, the way the Warriors switch on defense, I wouldn't expect Dudley to have a big night. The other piece of good news for the Wiz is that Beal may return to the starting lineup soon, perhaps as early as tonight. We'll give Garrett Temple the nod as a projected starter for now, but expect Beal to rack up some solid minutes.