Friday, December 02, 2005

Preview: Warriors vs Bobcats

The Golden State Warriors (11-6) are coming off their 4th straight win and what's turning into a very successful homestand. Tonight the Charlotte Bobcats come to town with the tipoff at 10:30p EST.

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The Warriors cannot overlook the Bobcats tonight. While their record is 5-11, with Gerald Wallace in the lineup they're 4-6, and without him they're 1-5. Clearly he's a difference maker for their team as he's playing at a much higher level than he did last year. He's the key to their team as he does it all, scores, rebounds, passes, and collects steals and blocks.

The other guy they have to be careful of is Brevin Knight and his 8.2 assists per game. The former Stanford standout and Monty player, despite having a lack of skilled players around him, is keeping his passing numbers at a high level. He's quick and smart but his size is his only downfall. Baron should be able to post him up down low and cause matchup problems.

To me, Emeka Okafor has been a little disappointing this year. His numbers are about the same as they were last year, and I was hoping for a larger increase a la Dwight Howard. But, he's still playing solid at around 13-10 and can be counted on to play tough defense each night.

This is definitely one of those games that the Warriors cannot overlook because they need to win. They need to take care of the teams they should beat, that's what top teams do. Anyways, I'm predicting a double digit possibly 15+ point win with some big highlights from the dynamic duo of Baron and Jason.


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