After laying a stinker on National TV on Saturday, the Golden State Warriors hit the road for their final Easter trip of the regular season hoping to rediscover their winning ways. First up, the Charlotte Hornets and Kemba Walker.
WHO: Golden State Warriors (42-17) at Charlotte Hornets (28 - 31)
WHEN: Monday, February 25; 4:00 p.m.
WHERE: Spectrum Center, Charlotte, NC
RADIO: 95.7 The Game
Blog Buddy: At the Hive
The Warriors have not looked sharp coming out of the All Star break
After an impressive month of January, and a strong run up to the All Star break, we were hoping the Warriors would continue that excellence to build some momentum as the post season quickly approaches. Unfortunately, that wasn’t how the first two games have played out. A tight win over an impressive young Sacramento Kings team, and then a tough-to-swallow six-point loss to a Houston Rockets team without James Harden.
Kevin Durant called the Sacramento game a “game we should have lost” and then numerous players and even coach Steve Kerr were quick to ascribe the Rockets loss to focus and effort. Here is a sample of post game quotes, from Anthony Slater of The Athletic:
“The games gotta matter,” Draymond Green said. “From the start of the game tonight, it didn’t look like it mattered. It didn’t feel like it mattered... The focus just wasn’t there. Across the board, we just sucked. We gotta practice better.”
“I can agree with that,” DeMarcus Cousins said. “It’s on us. From top to bottom, we gotta do better. All the way around.”
“We didn’t have any purpose in that first six minutes and that set the tone,” Curry said.
“We weren’t prepared to play,” Kerr said.
Maybe it was practice, or energy, but go ahead and circle the next matchup against the Houston Rockets on March 13th. One thing’s for sure, the regular season Warriors still have a few critical issues to figure out before the post season hits.
The Curry-Klay-Durant-Draymond-Cousins 5-Star lineup— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) February 24, 2019
Offensive rating:: 113.9
Defensive rating: 114.2 https://t.co/YCFl31qY43
Draymond Green’s ankle may be alright after all
After rolling around on the floor in front of the Warriors’ bench and then limping off for an MRI, the prognosis was cautious for Draymond Green. Though the injury turned out to be mild, it was what’s called in inverse roll (where the foot rolls to the outside) rather than a more common roll to the inside.
Thankfully, it appears that Green isn’t seriously injured. He’s currently listed as “probable” for the Hornets game and was seen running and jumping on Sunday. I don’t know if it’s Green pushing to come back fast, or his body healing quickly, but in the past the team has generally put Green back on the court quickly after injury tweaks so my guess is that he’s playing in Charlotte tonight.
More footage of Draymond getting shots up pic.twitter.com/jngyikUyyZ— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) February 25, 2019
The Hornets are a weird team
Charlotte finds themselves fighting for a playoff berth behind the strong play of Kemba Walker. Currently sitting in the 8th seed in the Eastern Conference, but just a couple games out of 6th, the season could swing either way in the final trimester for the Hornets.
I’ll be honest, I haven’t seen a ton of Hornets games (ok, any) this season, but from glancing at their roster and stats, it looks like more of the same.
Kemba Walker is amazing. The dynamic guard leads the team with 25.1 points and 5.7 assists this season. Behind him? There isn’t a whole lot there. The Hornets aren’t especially threatening offensively or defensively, but Kemba Walker is one of those guys that no one can stop sometimes.