Let’s just get some basic facts out of the way first, ok?
The Atlanta Hawks are not a good basketball team; in fact, they are a downright bad basketball team. According to Basketball Reference, they the 29th ranked offense, the 23rd ranked defense - and at 3-10, they have the third-worst record in the entire league. All this with the easiest strength of schedule in the entire association.
The worst team in the NBA, the 1-11 Cleveland Cavaliers? Their sole win came against these Atlanta Hawks.
WHEN: Tuesday November 13, 2018; 7:30 pm
WHERE: Oracle Arena; Oakland, CA
WATCH: NBCSBA, NBA TV
RADIO: 95.7 The Game
Well, this should be fun, anyways....right?
Ok, so the Hawks aren’t good, but are they fun?
Well, their backcourt is, at least. Alongside perennial Warrior-at-heart, Kent Bazemore, the Atlanta Hawks have rookie Trae Young starting for them. Young is probably the very first legitimate Steph Curry progeny. Back in 2009, when the Warriors drafted Curry, Young was just ten years old, but he was a fan:
“I would record every game,” Young told The Wall Street Journal. “I’d watch before I went to bed or the next day. I watched how he played, how the Warriors moved without the ball and how Steph got everyone involved and still created for himself. I loved watching Steph’s game.”
The Hawks don’t really excel at anything as a team, but they do jack up a lot of threes - fifth most in the entire association, to be precise. And yet they rank 21st in percent of three pointers made.
So while this would have been a fun game to have Steph Curry out there chucking in long bombs in a little tête-à-tête with Bazemore and Young, we’ll have to save that for another day.
Warriors rotation bears watching
Second game of a back-to-back, against one of the fastest teams in the league, in the middle of a “five games in seven nights” stretch? Yeah, the Warriors will be actively managing their subs - and likely running a pretty deep rotation.
From all appearances, Curry’s absence will go on for a while. The team pre-emptively ruled him out on Monday, but it would not be at all surprising if his absence extended even beyond Tuesday’s showdown against Atlanta.
Steph Curry will sit both sides of this back-to-back. Already ruled out tomorrow vs Hawks. Kerr said they’re being extra careful: “New injury for him...He’s never had a groin strain.”— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) November 12, 2018
Also, keep an eye on Draymond Green and Shaun Livingston tonight. Both are expected to play, but I always get nervous anytime a player is questionable and then goes. Livingston is something less of a concern, but Green’s importance to this team extends well beyond a weeknight win in November. If he has trouble moving laterally (in keeping with a big toe injury), then he could be on a minutes restriction - or even held out of thise second consecutive night of basketball.
Fast and ugly - Warriors win 121 - 108