Tonight marks the final game the Golden State Warriors will be without star point guard Stephen Curry. The Warriors are currently on a five-game eastern conference series beginning on Monday night as they host the Orlando Magic.
While the Warriors are wrapping up a six day, four-game stretch, the Magic are going to be fatigued after last night’s full throttle matchup against the Los Angeles Lakers.
However, after the Magic were able to defeat LeBron James both on the road and at home early on this season and are now shifting their focus to the two-time defending champions. Nonetheless, the Magic will be without Curry.
The Magic are playing the final game of a back-to-back series. However, the Magic played an afternoon game on Sunday and were able to not only get a full night of sleep but were able to successfully get a solid “shoot around” this morning at the hotel.
The Warriors had a similar situation during Friday/Saturday after facing the Portland Trail Blazers and Sacramento Kings. During the two games, Kevin Durant made at least two 3-pointers during both games while managing to shoot 55% from the field. Due to his impressive shooting from the field, Durant was able to scored 32 and 44 points.
Durant was 2-for-22 from threes during the previous five games.
Klay Thompson, on the other hand, hit an impressive game-winner during Saturday’s 117-116 win over the Kings. Thompson was 24-for-47 during the two game span and was 9-for-21 on 3-pointers, all while scoring 31 points a piece during both games.
The two wins came shortly after the Warriors witnessed their first four-game losing streak since Steve Kerr became coach.
The Warriors walked away victorious 10 times against the Magic including a series sweep during the last five seasons. Nonetheless, the Warriors won eight of the games by at least eight points.
Aaron Gordan has been unsuccessful during his career against Golden State. The San Jose native has lost the previous three attempts but managed an impressive 20 point, 16 rebound performance in one of them.