On a weekend dedicated to a holiday all about being thankful, Warriors fans will be twice blessed — we’ve got a double-header weekend against a couple of hot teams. It’s like a Black Friday sale on Warriors games!
First up: the surprising Portland Trail Blazers.
WHO: Warriors (12-7) vs. Trail Blazers (12-6)
WHEN: Friday, November 23; 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Oracle Arena — Oakland, CA
RADIO: 95.7 The Game
Blog buddy: Blazers Edge
Warriors may not be looking so hot right now, but there’s still a lot to be thankful for
Sure, it’s been a rough week for this team (and their fan base), but you know what? It’s really not all that bad, all things considered.
Stephen Curry is still out, but he’s looking quite spry in our limited glimpses. Though slated to be out at least for this upcoming back-to-back, the good news is that he’ll be formally re-evaluated by the team tomorrow. Even if the Warriors don’t sign off on him returning to action just yet, simply reaching this milestone in his recovery should invigorate the team.
Curry matters so much in so many ways, you can’t talk about the team’s struggles without first framing the conversation around how critical Curry’s absence is.
Warriors pre-Curry injury:— Brady Klopfer (@BradyKlopferNBA) November 22, 2018
Ortg: 1st (118.8)
Drtg: 15th (108.1)
Net: 2nd (10.6)
Warriors post-Curry injury:
Ortg: 25th (104.3)
Drtg: 25th (111.4)
Net: 25th (-7.1)
Blame Kerr, blame depth, blame Durant, credit Curry, whatever you want. But it’s drastic.
We’ve got a couple other injuries that will likely see updates later this morning: Alfonzo McKinnie and Draymond Green. Both are day-to-day at this point but we haven’t seen any sort of meaningful status updates on them recently.
The Blazers are going to present some problems for Golden State tonight
It’s still early in the season, but the Portland Trail Blazers are looking strong! We’ll see how they fare over the rest of this long season, but right now they sit at second in the Western conference.
They’ve dropped a couple of bad losses recently, and three of their last five games, but these Blazers are still plenty threatening enough to knock over the Warriors in their current wobbly state.
After watching Dennis Schroder go off for 32 points on 19 shots against the Warriors in person on Wednesday, I’m nervous about what the Blazers backcourt is going to do. They’ve also got exactly the sort of center (a good one) that could give the Golden State post players hell. Jusuf Nurkic is big and talented — previously we had a bevy of options to throw out at him, this is our first look at him with Damion Jones as the starter. As a team, the Blazers rank third in the league in rebound percentage so watch the battle down low early. Rebounding was awful against the Thunder in the last game and will certainly be an area of emphasis for both teams tonight.
Whatever. Maybe they win, maybe they lose; I’m just going to try and be thankful that this team plays for us in Oakland.
We have a quick turnaround as the Warriors will be up against one of the fastest teams in the league when they host the Sacramento Kings on Saturday. Let’s just have fun out there, maybe weaponize our joy a little bit and get healthy.