The Golden State Warriors haven’t had much recent success against the Orlando Magic, but if they want to end 2013 on a strong note, they will have to come up victorious in Orlando on New Year’s Eve.
The Warriors will face the Magic in the second game of a seven-game road trip on Tuesday evening. Golden State has lost eight of their lat nine games against Orlando, and their last regulation win against the Magic came in 2008.
Tale of the Tape
- Points per game: 103.1 (11th)
- Field goal percentage: 46.1% (8th)
- 3-point percentage: 39.9% (2nd)
- Opponents’ field goal percentage: 42.8% (T-4th)
- Rebounds per game: 46.3 (2nd)
- Turnovers: 16.9 (29th)
- Points per game: 97.4 (21st)
- Field goal percentage: 44.9% (14th)
- 3-point percentage: 35.7% (14th)
- Opponents’ field goal percentage: 44.6% (T-10th)
- Rebounds per game: 42.7 (19th)
- Turnovers: 14.9 (19th)
This may not be a complete “trap game” considering that the Magic have owned the Warriors in recent years, but just by comparing the records of these two teams, it is clear that the Warriors will be the superior team on the court.
However, as we’ve learned this season, that doesn’t necessarily mean they will automatically walk all over the other team and pick up an easy win. As evidenced on Sunday in Cleveland, the Warriors tend to “play down” to inferior opponents. Against the Cavaliers, the Warriors played poorly in the first half and needed a comeback on top of some clutch plays late in regulation and in overtime to beat Cleveland.
The Warriors hope not to be in the same situation against the Magic, but there are no guarantees. Who knows if their minds aren’t focused on where they’ll party tonight? Or perhaps they’ll be thinking ahead to the juicy matchup on Thursday in Miami?
Whatever the case is, the Warriors need to get rid of all distractions and focus on one game at time. This is a matchup where they should come away with the upper hand, so the Warriors should play like they are a legitimate contender in the league.
GSW: Festus Ezeli (recovery from right knee surgery) and Jermaine O’Neal (right wrist surgery) are out.
GOLDEN STATE (19-13)
- F Andre Iguodala
- F David Lee
- C Andrew Bogut
- G Klay Thompson
- G Stephen Curry
- F Tobias Harris
- F Glen Davis
- C Nikola Vucevic
- G Aaron Affalalo
- G Jameer Nelson
Time: 2:00 PST
Location: Amway Center, Orlando, FL