Make no mistake, Oracle Arena will be rocking tonight as fans welcome their home team to their first home playoff game in six years.
The Golden State Warriors will square off against the Denver Nuggets in Game 3 of their first round matchup, and make sure to buckle your seatbelts, as this should be a wild one.
To start things off, Warriors guard Stephen Curry has been listed as a game-time decision for tonight’s game after tweaking his ankle in the second half of Golden State’s 131-117 victory on Tuesday night. Curry sat out for a bit, but later returned to action and looked like he was fine.
I fully believe that Curry will suit up and play a phenomenal game tonight, as nothing seems to stop this guy. He always rises up to the challenge and has led his team throughout the entire season. After helping his team snap the Nuggets’ 24-game home winning streak, I just think that Curry is too fired up about the team’s potential to let an ankle tweak slow him down.
As for the Nuggets, they will be trying to steal their home-court advantage back by winning one on the road, but it won’t be easy. Oracle Arena will constantly be screaming and shouting, and Denver should be in for a long night.
However, if the Nuggets can somehow get Kenneth Faried going, then maybe they will be able to quiet down the relentless Oracle crowd. After sitting out for Game 1 due to an ankle injury, Faried only scored four points and committed five fouls in the Nuggets’ Game 2 loss. The Nuggets could really use some more production from the “Manimal,” and without him playing effectively, Denver’s chances of winning drop significantly.
Warriors rookie Harrison Barnes filled in beautifully at the power forward position in All-Star David Lee’s absence, as he scored a career-high 24 points on Tuesday night, including his ferocious reverse slam on Nuggets forward Anthony Randolph. If Mark Jackson opts to go with his smaller starting lineup again, look for Barnes to be even more aggressive than Game 2 and to put up some more quality numbers.
Tune in to ESPN2 at 7:30 PT to catch all the action and stay tuned with Blue Man Hoop for more Golden State Warriors coverage throughout their amazing playoff run.