The Road Warriors are back in town. After completing a 6-1 East Coast swing that included six straight victories and a 10-game win streak overall, the Golden State Warriors are back at Oracle Arena Friday night to take on the Boston Celtics, a team that is taking on a bit of water right now.
Boston has lost six straight, nine of 10 and after an encouraging start the Celtics appear to be the tankathon candidate many expected coming into the season.
Since moving to Oakland in 1971, the Warriors are 28-21 against the Celtics at home and posted a 101-83 in the annual matchup at Oracle Arena on Dec. 29, 2012. Boston won the previous two meetings, snapping a string of six straight home wins over the C’s by the Warriors.
The rest of The Docket for Friday looks a little somethin’ like this:
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Stanford Cardinal at Utah Utes, 5 p.m.
The Cardinal have never lost to the Utes in 15 meetings all-time and are 9-0 in Salt Lake City.
Last year, Stanford took a 70-56 decision at Utah on Jan. 25.
NBA: Orlando Magic at Sacramento Kings, 7 p.m.
Orlando arrives at Sleep Train Arena with very little Magic happening; they’ve lost five straight and eight of 10. The Kings have been maddeningly inconsistent, with recent homecourt wins over both the contending Heat and Trail Blazers and homecourt losses to also-rans such as the Bobcats and Wizards.
So will the real Kings stand up Friday night? It’s hard to tell since we aren’t really sure who the real Kings are just yet.
Sacramento is 16-8 all-time at home against the Magic and snapped a four-game homecourt losing skid to Orlando last season with a 91-82 victory on Dec. 7, 2012.
Boston at Sharks, 7:30 p.m.
Santa Clara at Pacific, 1 p.m.
USF at Saint Mary’s, 3 p.m.
UC Davis at Long Beach State, 4 p.m.
Cal at Oregon State, 5 p.m.
Sacramento State at Southern Utah, 6:05 p.m.
New Mexico at San Jose State, 7 p.m.