This is going to be a tough game for both teams, who are mired in four game skids.
Since the acquisition of Rudy Gay, the Raptors have looked like a playoff team. With Andrea Bargani down in the post, and Kyle Lowry at the helm as their PG, the Raptors are actually doing well, and possibly have rebuilt for the future. Unfortunately for them, they’re on the road once again, and facing the Warriors, another team who is looking like a playoff team, but has been down on their luck recently.
The Raptors don’t get many calls with referees either , so I imagine this is going to be a fairly officiated game.
Keys to the Game:
1. Play Defense… I mean, come on. The fact that this is a key to the game really shows how horrible the Warriors have been with this as of late. It looks like they’re not even trying to defend the three point line, as teams such as the 76ers are burning up from behind the arc. The Warriors have been playing good interior defense, but when they are, their perimeter defense is terrible. Vice versa
2. Hope Bogut is Back: Getting your 7’2 Aussie back conveniently really helps. He returned from injury against the Raptors up in Toronto, but after that, didn’t play very well. Now he’s been out for six games, and is a game-time decision tonight. If he comes back tonight, he will give the Warriors a chance to defend Andrea Bargani, who is a three point shooter.
Matchup to Watch: Thompson vs DeRozan
Players to Watch: Curry, Gay, Lee
Leading Scorer: Curry
1. Curry vs Lowry
2. Thompson vs DeRozan
3. Barnes vs Gay
4. Lee vs Johnson
5. Bogut/Ezeli vs Bargani