When: 4:00 PM PST - Friday, November 8
Where: Little Caesars Arena - Detroit, MI
TV: ESPN, FSD, CSBA
Radio: 95.7 THE GAME
The other corner’s blog: Detroit Bad Boys
Stephen Curry (out)
Patrick McCaw (out)
Zaza Pachulia (questionable)
Draymond Green (probable)
Andre Iguodala (probable)
Jon Leuer (out)
Sticks and stones won’t leave the Warriors alone
The season of giving has been gift-wrapping us injuries this past week. Zaza Pachulia joined Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and Patrick McCaw on the injury list a few days ago. Pachulia had to leave the Charlotte Hornets game after tweaking his already injured shoulder early in the first quarter.
If Pachulia can’t go tonight, it’ll be interesting to see who Steve Kerr calls upon to start down low against Andre Drummond.
More than likely, Quinn Cook will get the nod to start again with Curry and McCaw out. He gave a solid performance as a starter against the Hornets, providing some key shots and helping to contain Kemba Walker to 8-for-21 shooting from the field.
A world without Curry and Green
The previous game against the Hornets gave us our first look at a Warriors team without Curry and Green, and it was clear to see that the offense just wasn’t flowing as freely as it usually does.
On the other hand, the brilliance and sheer skill of Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson proved to be enough to carry this team past Charlotte, and likely most of the league.
Luckily Green should return tonight and help take some of the ball handling duties off of Durant’s shoulders.
It starts with defense
The one thing Golden State can do to provide themselves the best chance to win is to play another game of excellent defense. Everyone was active in the game against Charlotte. The Warriors totaled 8 steals and 12 blocks, holding the Hornets to 35% shooting.
Detroit has become one of the darkhorse contenders in the league this year as they are currently 4th place in the East. They’ve earned quality wins over teams including the Celtics, Thunder, Bucks and our Warriors.
Detroit stole a win against us earlier in the year in a really weird game. The Warriors shot a ridiculous 57% from the field and had more field-goals than the Pistons and yet still walked away with a loss. The reason for it was because they had an absurd 25 turnovers.
However the Pistons are currently on a four-game slide. If the Warriors can take care of the ball, contain Drummond and limit Avery Bradley and Reggie Jackson, they will be in a good position to extend their road win streak to six.
Final score: Warriors 106 - Pistons 100
Leading scorer: Durant with 34 points
Ouija board predicts: Klay comes up big in the 4th quarter, pouring in 12 points to bring the Warriors back from behind.