Although I’m not generally a superstitious guy, I find myself hoping that by voicing my hesitations about this game, perhaps the Universe will grant the Warriors a win tonight.
It’s not going to be easy
Sure, you’ve got the normal sloppy play that led to 235 turnovers last night (or something), but this is also the Warriors’ third game in five days, the second of a back-to-back, and one that required travel across a time zone. On top of all that, it’s against a Nuggets team that has played us pretty close over the past couple season. Oh, yeah, and they got into their hotel at 4am last night.
Warriors got in at 4AM to the hotel, and Malone’s 2-3 as a home dog vs. Kerr. https://t.co/ACAfa4UWna— Hardwood Paroxysm (@HPbasketball) February 3, 2018
These are the dog days of the NBA schedule - like that stretch in the year when you don’t have a non-weekend day off in months. As the Warriors limp towards the All Star break, even the loquacious Steve Kerr seems to be running out of helpful things to say, as per Anthony Slater of the Athletic:
“Hell, yeah. Guys are dying to get to the All-Star break. We’re limping to the finish line. But we gotta fight through to the break and then get the hell away from each other, go sit on a beach and relax and we’ll be in great shape. But we have to find a way to get there. Five more games, I think.”
One game at a time, coach. One game at a time.
Kerr appears to be doing what he can, letting the Warriors skip the early shootaround this morning to catch some zzz’s instead of practice time.
The Golden State Warriors will not shootaround.— NuggetsPR (@NuggetsPR) February 3, 2018
Some injuries, of course
In case you missed it, we did get an injury update on Jordan Bell, but unfortunately, that update is that our dynamic young Center will be out for at least two more weeks.
David West is on bereavement leave essentially. He’s attending the funeral of his good friend, ex-NBA player Rasual Butler.
Joining him in not joining the Warriors tonight potentially, is GSOM favorite Patrick McCaw - who had a great game last night, according to Steve Kerr. We’ll see if he plays or not, but the Warriors put him down as “questionable” for tonight due to a bruised toe.
The Denver Nuggets are missing a couple of key frontcourt players: Paul Millsap (wrist), and Mason Plumlee (calf) are both listed as out - but this still leaves the Nuggets with Jokic so it’s not like they’re going to gently fold over tonight.