How to Watch
Date: Friday Dec. 29, 2017
Time: 7:30 p.m. PST
Location: Oracle Arena - Oakland, CA
Radio: 95.7 The Game
Buddy Blog/Enemy Blog: At The Hive
Season series: Golden State leads 1-0 (101-87)
Winning/losing streaks: Golden State has won two in a row, Charlotte has lost one
Warriors: Stephen Curry (ankle, out)
Hornets: Coach Steve Clifford (illness, out)
Warriors: PG Shaun Livingston, SG Klay Thompson, SF Kevin Durant, PF Draymond Green, C Zaza Pachulia
Hornets: PG Kemba Walker, SG Nicolas Batum, SF Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, PF Marvin Williams, C Dwight Howard
Can the Dubs build on their momentum?
78 second-half points against a strong defensive team suggest that maybe the Dubs were starting to get into a much-needed offensive rhythm. They’ve struggled to score the ball without Stephen Curry, and, in what likely is their final game with Curry sidelined, another offensive explosion would all but guarantee a victory.
Charlotte seeks to turn it around
The Hornets are an odd case. Last year they had the 12th-best net rating in the league, yet still finished 10 games below .500. This year started similarly, but recently they’ve fallen off a cliff.
Kemba Walker remains brilliant, but the team is suddenly struggling mightily, both in terms of record and net rating.
With head coach Steve Clifford away from the team due to an illness, former Warriors’ assistant Stephen Silas has been patrolling the sidelines. Unfortunately, Silas hasn’t been able to turn the ship around, and Charlotte’s playoff dreams are quickly fading.
In other words, they could really use a big win against the Dubs.
Who plays in the center matchup?
Zaza Pachulia returned to action on Wednesday and regained his starting role. Still, he played far fewer minutes than Jordan Bell, who is quickly earning the title as top center on the team.
This past offseason Charlotte invested in Dwight Howard to be their starting center, yet backup Cody Zeller has arguably been better.
Who gets the minutes for each team will determine what type of game is played. It will be fun to watch.