The Golden State Warriors face the Orlando Magic tonight at 4:00 p.m. PT on NBC Sports Bay Area. Playing on the back end of a back-to-back, the Warriors will be looking to get back in the win column after a stunning last-second loss to the Miami Heat on Wednesday.
Golden State will be short-handed when they do so, as Kevin Durant (rest) and Andre Iguodala (illness) will both sit.
Injury report for tonight’s game at Orlando: Jonas Jerebko (right quad contusion) is probable. Kevin Durant (rest), Andre Iguodala (illness) and Damian Jones (left pectoral surgery) are out.— Warriors PR (@WarriorsPR) February 28, 2019
Without those two, playing a back-to-back, and in the middle of a four-game road trip,the Warriors will surely be reliant on some bench players to provide energy and quality minutes. Expect to see a fair share of Alfonzo McKinnie, Quinn Cook, Kevon Looney, and Jordan Bell tonight.
It will also be a big test of heart, hustle, and scheme for Golden State, as Orlando is a much bigger team. The Magic start the very large and highly athletic duo of Aaron Gordon and Jonathan Isaac - and that’s alongside All-Star center Nikola Vucevic. The Magic are fourth this year in defensive rebound rate - the Warriors are 16th.
It won’t be easy going against that size, especially without Durant. But hopefully we can all be treated to a game as good as the last one that transpired when these two teams met in November.
Last time the Dubs took on the Magic, KD went OFF for 49 points & Klay dropped 19 in the fourth for a comeback win.— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) February 28, 2019
Rematch going down tonight. You ready? pic.twitter.com/PIrqgco7AH
Enjoy the game, Dub Nation. And if you’re watching, hop in the comments section with your reactions and takeaways!