Warriors are +6.5 at Chicago. Let’s see. Warriors on a road back-to-back, their 4th game in 5 nights. David Lee was gashed to the bone, and has stitches in his shooting arm. It will probably be stiff as a board. Monta’s back will probably be stiff as a board. Stephen Curry’s ankle will probably be stiff as a board. Home and a soft bed has got to be a pretty appealing thought right now. If ever there was a game to take off The Warriors Bet, this would be it, right?
Can’t do it. Not my method. The Warriors Bet is now 3-1, and remains ON.
I like the way this Warriors team matches up against the Bulls (if it weren’t the 4th road game in 5 nights, and the Warriors weren’t so banged up, that is). The biggest matchup is Monta v. Derrick Rose, and I really favor a healthy Monta there. Monta can shoot, and I’m not a believer yet that Rose can. Regardless, the Warriors should sag off him and make him a shooter.
Curry will get a nice break defensively guarding Keith Bogans. The Bulls are really challenged shooting wise, which will help the Warriors smalls to dig down and help in the paint.
Biedrins has always matched up well against Joakim Noah. Noah can’t outquick him. And Beans usually doesn’t let Noah outwork him.
The toughest matchup for the Warriors apart from Derrick Rose will be at small forward. Dorell Wright will have his hands full guarding Luol Deng. Deng is healthy again, having a heck of a season, and Thibodeau has him moving all over the court. And when Deng goes out, Kyle Korver comes in.
But David Lee should have a nice edge against Taj Gibson. My guess is if Lee shows up to play and can bend his arm, the Warriors can make a game of it.
But there remains a strong possibility that this banged up Warriors team will play — as Keith Smart put it at the end of a long East coast road trip last season — “like a horse headed back to the barn.”