Curry, Warriors Hope to Be Good to Go for Game Three
The Golden State Warriors hobble onto the court tonight at the Oracle Arena hoping to take a surprising two games to one lead over the Denver Nuggets in their best-of-seven series.
After losing starting all-star power forward David Lee to a torn hip flexor in Game 1 and then going on to lose the game, Golden State’s chances against Denver looked fairly bleak. But in Game 2, led by guard Stephen Curry, the Warriors shot the lights out en route to beating the Nuggets 131-117. Actually, there should be a better description for their offensive performance than “shot the lights out.” Let’s just say, they shot the holy s**t out of the lights and everything else in the Pepsi Center to the tune of an eye-popping 64.6 percent from the field and 56 percent from three point range. After the game Nuggets coach George Karl shook his head and said: “I don't think I ever coached a game when a team got three 35-point quarters, maybe in my career. Ever.”
So, Golden State proved to themselves that they not only could win without David Lee, but they could win on the road against the team with the best home record in the league (38-3), and win by a lot. That was then, this is now.
Tonight the Warriors are back home in Oakland for Game 3 and their all-everything (except for all-star, for some stupid reason) guard, the aforementioned Mr. Curry, is a gametime decision with a sprained ankle. With a history of ankle woes, it’s anybody’s guess whether Curry will be ready to go tonight. As of yesterday he said he’d take pain-killing shots in order to play, but the decision won’t be entirely up to him. One thing’s for sure, the Warriors have little chance of advancing in this series, or even winning tonight’s game, without him. Jarrett Jack, Klay Thompson, and Harrison Barnes are all nice players, but none of them is ready to be the centerpiece of a team trying to take down the highly-underrated number three seed in the West.
This is one Golden State fan who’s keeping his fingers crossed that Curry and the rest of Warriors are ready to go, and keep this highly entertaining series a slugfest rather than a runaway.