This evening’s game kicks off the season’s toughest road trip for the Golden State Warriors with one of their toughest match-ups no less.
Perhaps known best for disrupting our epic 24 game win-streak back in 2015, the lengthy Milwaukee Bucks have proven they are a force to be reckoned with.
Giannis Antetokounmpo has been on a tear this season and matches up well with Kevin Durant. The rest of the Bucks roster is littered with long-limbed players that can clog the passing lanes and their defense leads the league in holding opponents to only 7.9 fast-break points-per-game.
Those two facets are the Warriors’ bread and butter on the offensive end and that contrast will be something to keep an eye on. Especially now that Stephen Curry has been officially listed as out for the game.
Steph Curry will not play tonight in Milwaukee.— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) January 12, 2018
Omri Casspi has also been listed as questionable due to back soreness.
Injury update for tonight's game: Stephen Curry (sprained right ankle) is out. Omri Casspi (low back soreness) is questionable. Andre Iguodala (left knee soreness) & Shaun Livingston (left knee contusion) are available to play.— Warriors PR (@WarriorsPR) January 12, 2018
However it looks like Quinn Cook has been called up. We’ll see if he ends up getting added to the active roster but the team could use the extra ball handling and shooting he provides.
Quinn Cook is joining the Warriors after being with Santa Cruz for a bit, though it's not officially clear if he will be on the active roster tonight.— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) January 12, 2018
Because even with Klay Thompson back in the lineup, the Warriors will most likely need other players to step up their games in order to overcome the absence of Curry.
I’m especially looking at you Patrick McCaw and Andre Iguodala.
Luckily for us, even when the Warriors’ offense gets stifled, they always stand a chance to win so long as they play defense at the high-level they are capable of.
Let’s kick this road trip off with a win guys.
Let’s go Warriors!
Update: Casspi has officially been ruled out for tonight.
Thanks to Quickie17
Injury update: Omri Casspi (low back soreness) is out for tonight's game at Milwaukee.— Warriors PR (@WarriorsPR) January 12, 2018