In theory, this makes sense.
The Golden State Warriors need a backup point guard. The Denver Nuggets have Nate Robinson and Ty Lawson to play the point. Andre Miller has not played in six straight games and the Nuggets have currently won five straight games. The Nuggets also travel to the Bay Area on Wednesday evening in a nationally televised game.Andre Miller will be in attendance. If trade talks have actually been occurring between the Warriors and Nuggets, it makes sense that the trade would go through on Wednesday when the two teams and all the necessary pieces are in the same building.
Back on December 23rd the Warriors defeated the Nuggets 89-81 thanks to a double-double from David Lee. Lee finished the game with 28 points and 10 rebounds in 38 minutes of action. On that night, the Warriors paint defense was stellar, holding Denver to just 17-of-32 shooting from in the restricted area. The Warriors jumped out to a 24-9 lead late in the first quarter, but clawed their way backed into the ball game and thanks to their struggles in the third quarter, the two teams played a back and fourth final quarter.
On Friday night, the Warriors are back on national television, this time against a Russell Westbrook-less Oklahoma City Thunder squad. Because the Thunder are playing without their superstar point guard this game is far less important to either team. The Warriors will be able to guard Kevin Durant with Andre Igudoala and not have to worry about hiding Stephen Curry on defense. Westbrook’s backup Reggie Jackson has had a breakout season and is a legitimate sixth man of the year candidate but he is no Westbrook. Even in Oklahoma City this is a very winnable game for the Dubs, but one that is not as important as people first thought.
The Warriors finish next week with a game against the exciting New Orleans Pelicans. The Pelicans are one of the few teams that can match the Warriors in terms of watchability.
Both teams love to run up and down the floor and have exciting offenses. Anthony Davis has shown signs of why he was the number one pick in the draft last season and he looks poised to become one of the league’s best players in the near future.
The Pelicans are also a bit banged up with power forward Ryan Anderson missing time thanks to a herniated disk in his back. So look for David Lee or Andrew Bogut to take advantage of their defender when Davis is not guarding them.