How to watch
Date: Wednesday Dec. 27, 2017
Time: 7:30 p.m. PST
Location: Oracle Arena — Oakland, CA
TV: NBCBA, NBATV
Radio: 95.7 The Game
Enemy Blog: SLC Dunk
Warriors: Kevon Looney (gluteal strain, probable), Zaza Pachulia (shoulder, questionable), Stephen Curry (ankle, out).
Jazz: Rudy Gobert (knee, out), Dante Exum (shoulder, out), Raul Neto (head, out)
Post-Christmas Hangover for Golden State?
The Warriors played an exhausting game on Monday against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Jordan Bell is becoming an increasingly essential part of the Dubs by the game, and at this point we should expect 30 from Kevin Durant, 20 from Klay Thompson, and a couple other players to step up.
I don’t have too much to say for the Warriors. Wednesday is a winnable home game, and I’m ready for Steph Curry to come back.
No luck in Utah
Utah’s schedule since Dec. 6 is as follows: OKC, Houston, Milwaukee, Chicago, Houston, OKC, San Antonio, OKC, Denver, and now, the Warriors. In the last month, they’ve played one bad team and completed a six game road trip. Quin Snyder’s team is 3-13 on the road this season. To add salt to Utah’s collective wound, star center Rudy Gobert sustained his second injury of the season and will likely be out for a few more weeks. Somehow though, Utah is still sniffing a Western Conference playoffs spot.
Donovan Mitchell is the Truth
Donovan Mitchell, Utah’s rookie guard, would be my vote for Rookie of the Year. He averages 18 points, more than 3 rebounds, and 3 assists in thirty minutes a game. He’s not only turning into a bonafide NBA star, but unlike other athletic guards (maybe the one in OKC), he makes his teammates better.
Mitchell’s a mature defensive player and wants to play a team game. Tonight’s game will be a test for both Mitchell and the Warriors. Can Mitchell withstand pesky defenders like Klay Thompson and drive on Kevin Durant? And can Patrick McCaw and Thompson effectively guard Mitchell?
Without Gobert, the Jazz will lean on their shooters to keep them in the game: Enter, Joe Ingles and Rodney Hood. Ingles produces consistently and Hood is a strong candidate for “hot or not” on any given night. If Hood is hot tonight, the Jazz can keep it close.