The Warriors come into this game on a three-game winning streak. This season, they have had one three-game winning streak before, but it was on a home stand. They are now on the road and playing better than expected. Many said the reason for the Warriors’ playoff success in 2007 was the home crowd, but the Warriors have shown that they can also perform well on the road: in front of a jeering crowd.
This season, the Warriors have never been able to go on a four-game winning streak: This afternoon, they have a great chance: They’re playing the Bobcats.
Charlotte did start 7-5, but since then, they have dropped seven straight games and now stand at 7-12. Back to normal? While that’s all fun, the Warriors were almost beaten by one of the worst teams in the NBA: the Wizards. The Bobcats aren’t very far behind the Wizards. It seems like most struggling teams, like the Sacramento Kings, in the beginning of the year, always get confidence when they play the Warriors. One of their main players suddenly goes off and has a huge night.
The only difference between this year and last year is that the Warriors are able to pull out wins by playing defense and getting stops down the stretch. With Carl Landry and David Lee as the Warriors’ powerhouse, they’ve been almost unstoppable. The Warriors stand at 13-7 after 20 games, and are 11th on ESPN’s power rankings.
The Bobcats, however, do have what it takes to defeat the Warriors. Behind guard play of Kemba Walker and Ramon Sessions, the Cats really have a backcourt that can score the basketball. With No. 2 draft pick Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, the Warriors have their hands full. This one is going to be interesting: I think the Warriors may just want to go home, but it’s not over till it’s over.
Key Stat: Harrison Barnes needs to perform well against fellow lottery pick, MKG, rebounding, steals.
Matchup to Watch: Harrison Barnes vs Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
Players To Watch: Harrison Barnes, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Klay Thompson
Leading Scorer: Stephen Curry, 24, 9 assists
Winner: Warriors by 9
1. Stephen Curry vs Kemba Walker
2. Klay Thompson vs Jeffrey Taylor
3. Harrison Barnes vs Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
4. David Lee vs Bismack Biyumbo
5. Festus Ezeli vs Byron Mullens, DeSagana Diop