Good Morning Dub Nation,
This is a very important stretch for the Warriors who currently hold the eighth seed in the tightly packed Western Conference standings. They will be playing against six Eastern Conference teams that are currently slated to be in the playoffs and have a combined record of 91-72. To make things even more difficult, four of the six games are scheduled as back-to-backs. Our very own Brady Klopfer outlined the challenge of Golden State’s upcoming schedule.
They kick things off on Tuesday against the Milwaukee Bucks, a team that has a strong case as the best in the NBA now that Khris Middleton is healthy. They follow it up on Wednesday against the Indiana Pacers, a team that just beat the Dubs absent their two best players — and those players, Tyrese Haliburton and Myles Turner, should be good to get back on the court.
Friday they visit the two-headed monster of Joel Embiid and James Harden on the Philadelphia 76ers, and Sunday brings a showdown with the ever-dangerous Toronto Raptors. Next Tuesday and Wednesday it’s the Big Apple showdown: the New York Knicks followed by the Brooklyn Nets.
Keeping the context of the team’s abysmal 2-11 road record in mind, any victory out of this road trip would be a vast improvement, especially in comparison to their five-game road trip earlier in the year where the team came back home winless.
Ideally, the Warriors would come out of this road trip 4-2, winning one game in each of the back-to-backs as well as both of the middle games against the 76ers and the Raptors. 3-3 would also be fine, while anything lower than that will have the team below .500 and falling in the standings.
Golden State’s road trip will conclude after their game against the Nets on Dec. 21, while their next home game is scheduled to be played on Christmas Day against the Memphis Grizzlies.
Here are the rest of today’s stories:
In case you missed it from Golden State of Mind:
- Preview: Warriors start road trip with tough matchup against Bucks
- Warriors recall Patrick Baldwin Jr. from G League
- Andrew Wiggins to miss upcoming back-to-back
- We’re about to learn a whole lot about the Warriors
- Warriors’ statement win against Celtics, Wiseman shines in the G-League
Other Warriors News:
- The Golden State Warriors are clutch test-takers (Deadspin)
- Warriors’ Jordan Poole recalls ‘point guard’ Kevon Looney from high school (NBC Sports Bay Area)
- Donte DiVincenzo remembers ‘special love’ before first Milwaukee return (NBC Sports Bay Area)
- Stephen Curry’s son Canon steals the show while dad monologues after Celtics win (Clutch Points)
- Joe Viray breaks down Warriors defense against the Celtics (Twitter)
- Lakers pursue Bojan Bogdanovic, potential Jae Crowder three-team deal and more: Shams’ Inside Pass (The Athletic)
- Sources: Pistons’ Cade Cunningham to have season-ending surgery (ESPN)
- Pelicans Shut Down Suns ‘Boo Machine’ Theory (Fan Nation)
- The Connector: Malik Monk’s infectious energy breathes life into Kings (Basketball News)
- Kevin Durant & Durant Family Foundation Announce Donation to Bowie State University (Boardroom)