The Golden State Warriors (10-8) will try to build off their momentum from Sunday’s win over the Sacramento Kings when they return home to take on the Toronto Raptors (6-10) tonight.
After dropping five of their six last games before Sunday’s win, the Warriors have been struggling as of recent and will need to lean on their veteran leaders in Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson more than ever if they want to create a win streak and make up ground in the Western Conference standings. The talented duo will need to replicate another offensive explosion that they were able to produce against the Kings in combining for 64 points and draining 13 shots from three-point land.
The Warriors will go only as far as Curry and Thompson can carry them on the offensive end because it appears Andre Inguodala will miss this game and his return to the starting lineup is still up in the air as he continues to recover from a strained left hamstring.
According to ESPN InSider Nick Borges, Inguodala has already been ruled out for tonight’s game and could possibly not travel on the team’s upcoming road trip, which kickoffs on Friday. Without Inguodala, the Warriors could also face match-up headaches in dealing with Rudy Gay’s and DeMar DeRozan’s long wingspans and out-of-the-gym athleticism to finish at the rim.
The game could be fairly close because the Raptors are more than capable of slowing down the Warriors’ offensive assault as they’re ranked eighth in points allowed this season. However, the Warriors should be able to pull out with the win behind Curry and Thompson who are playing on fire as of late and will give the Raptors’ guards more problems than they can handle in trying to slow down the Splash Brothers all game.