When: Sunday, January 22nd, 09:00 PST
Where: Amway Center, Orlando FL.
TV: CSN Bay Area,
Radio: 95.7 The Game
Blog Buddy: Pinstriped Post
Injuries: David West (thumb - OUT), Evan Fournier (foot - GTD), Jodie Meeks (thumb - OUT), C.J Wilcox (knee - GTD)
Since the loss to Cleveland on Christmas day the Warriors have won 10 of their last 11 games. They'll be looking to add to that on Sunday morning.
Not quite the worst team in the league but also nowhere near a playoff team, the Orlando Magic should be a relatively easy win for the Warriors. That being said, Orlando is coming off the back of a rather convincing win over Milwaukee. The Magic played uncharacteristically well offensively, zipping the ball around and working well as a unit. Seven players scored in double figures and the bench out-rebounded the Bucks reserves 26 to 12.
Coach Vogel stated his team is becoming "a little stronger each game" and taking care of the ball would be key in the match-up against Golden State.
Orlando will need to play close to perfect if they want to have any chance of defeating the Warriors and that's exactly what they'll be trying to do. With Bismack Biyombo and Serge Ibaka protecting the rim the Warriors might find it challenging to attack the basket at times; at the very least it will be more difficult for them than it was in Houston where they walked into the paint unimpeded.
While there's no word of any Warriors players resting yet, it might be a good time for one of the core four to take a breather. The odds are heavily in their favor against Orlando and nine of their next twelve games are on the road including four back to backs.
Although it's always more fun to see a competitive close fought battle as opposed to a blowout, it would be nice if the Warriors could close this one out early and let the youngsters get some extra garbage time.
But as we all know, things don't always go as planned.