Remember when we were .500? Good times. The Wizards dropped a game against the Mavericks, then got blown out by the Raptors, and here they are, hoping to snag a win against the well-oiled machine that is the Golden State Warriors.
Where and when? Gametime is 6 p.m. at the Verizon Center.
Are they good? Yes. They've won eight in a row. Five of those wins were on the road. One of those was a solid win over Miami.
Who's out? The Warriors are missing three backup bigs, but their top ten players are just fine. The Wizards are still missing Glen Rice Jr. and Al Harrington. Bradley Beal is still on a minutes restriction.
What are they good at? Making it rain from all over the court? Their reputation obviously precedes them, but I'll mention the fact that Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson are pretty well-known for their corner-3 prowess. Also, adding Andre Iguodala this offseason has given them a major defensive upgrade, as well as a guy who can act as a big and a ball-handler at the same time. That doesn't really seem fair.
What are they bad at? Not a whole lot, to be honest. Normally, you'd pin some criticism on their weak frontcourt, their depth, or the health of their players. But Andrew Bogut has been healthy and active on defense and Curry's cyborg ankle transplant seems to be going really well. Against other teams, having backups like Toney Douglas and Marreese Speights might seem like a liability, but against the Wizards... you know what? Nevermind.
How does Steph Curry do it? He's a robot, sent from the future, to destroy LeBron, who himself was a robot sent from the future to destroy humanity. It's the NBA, as told by 1980s James Cameron.
Who gon' win? So there's a few things happening: the Wizards could have gotten the kick in the ass they needed Friday and could feasibly win today as a bounceback of confidence and concentration. In this scenario, the Warriors would also be succumbing to Long Road Trip on the East Coast Fatigue Syndrome. On the other hand, the Warriors are better than the Wizards and are riding an 8-game win streak, so they could win. My heart leans former, but my head leans latter.
Who do YOU think is gon' win?