The Golden State Warriors take on the Phoenix Suns in Oakland tonight in both teams’ final preseason contest. It’ll be the last time the two squads meet…until they meet again in eight days for the season opener.
Here are a few quick hits and points of interest to consider before the game tonight:
- The Suns do not have Steve Nash anymore. The Suns stink. These two facts are directly related. On the plus side, they’ve trimmed a ton of cap space and are in a decent position to begin the rebuilding process. But they’re not at all ready be taken seriously. I mean come on, they’re going to give Michael Beasley major minutes for crying out loud.
- The Dubs have been playing small and it has irked a few respected media luminaries. The Suns have a legitimately large Polish fellow in the middle of their frontcourt in Marcin Gortat, so it’ll be interesting to see what Mark Jackson does with his beloved David Lee-Carl Landry pairing up front. Here’s hoping he comes around and scraps that plan.
- Stephen Curry and Andrew Bogut are both out for tonight’s contest. “That’s a shocking development,” said nobody who follows the Warriors.
- Harrison Barnes and Brandon Rush will get one last shot to convince Mark Jackson that one or the other of them should start at small forward next week in the contests that count. Barnes has started all but two preseason games, but aside from a couple of flashes, hasn’t outproduced Rush to a degree that would assure him the job.
- Festus Ezeli will look to cap off a mini-breakout preseason slate. Although it’s hard to call a guy who’s averaging around five points and six rebounds a breakout player, when you get that type of production in limited minutes from a someone nobody expected to be NBA-ready, it qualifies. We’re all in on Festus, aren’t we?
- Klay Thompson, who may or may not be set to “break out” this year, needs a big game to justify the hype. 20 points ought to be fairly easy to come by against the Suns’ suspect wing defenders. If he gets the minutes, he needs to post a big number.
- Goran Dragic is a sneaky pick-and-roll operator. If anyone’s curious about how the Warriors intend to handle the most commonly used offensive set in the NBA, this game will provide some answers.
- Enjoy the game. It’ll be the last taste of action for Warrior fans for over a week.