The Golden State Warriors (57-6) have put that surprising and embarrassing loss to the lowly Los Angeles Lakers behind them by claiming the first two matchups in their current six-game homestand.
It’s the longest such stand the Warriors and NBA leading scorer Stephen Curry will have for the remainder of the regular season, with four more remaining until they have to hit the road again.
This upcoming stint shouldn’t be too difficult for the Warriors, though they did play down to the Lakers. Golden State will play on back-to-back nights starting with Friday’s matchup with Portland and followed by Saturday’s vs. Phoenix. Then the Warriors will have two days off before hosting New Orleans on March 14, with another two days off until the Knicks arrive on March 16.
The back-to-back nights against Portland and Phoenix could be taxing, but Golden State doesn’t have too many of those exhausting stretches left. The Warriors have only three more back-to-backs scheduled for the rest of the regular season.
Friday’s matchup with Portland and point guard Damian Lillard does present challenges, but it stands as the only one for Golden State during the home-stand. The Trail Blazers are currently the sixth-seed in the Western Conference, otherwise Phoenix, New Orleans, and the Knicks are all well out of the playoff picture and unlikely to re-emerge.
Curry and Co. have also probably circled the Trail Blazers visit on their calendars. Lillard poured in 51 points as Portland handed the Warriors a 137-105 loss back on Feb. 19, by far the biggest loss Golden State’s had all season.
New Orleans and big man Anthony Davis could be difficult to put down, but Golden State stomped the Pelicans twice already this season by an average of 15 points. The Suns have had similar trouble. Phoenix has dropped their three meetings with Golden State by an average of 17.3 points.
The Knicks were just as unlucky, succumbing to shooting guard Klay Thompson’s 34 points off 14-for-18 shooting back in Jan. 31’s 116-95 blowout.
Golden State remains one-game better than the 1995-1996 Chicago Bulls, who were 56-7 through 63 games before claiming the NBA’s all-time best record of 72-10 in the regular season.
Warriors TV Schedule
Friday, March 11 vs. Portland, 10:30 p.m. ET (CSN Bay Area)
Saturday, March 12 vs. Phoenix, 10:30 p.m. ET (CSN Bay Area)
Monday, March 14 vs. New Orleans, 10:30 p.m. ET (CSN Bay Area)
Wednesday, March 16 vs. New York, 10:30 p.m. ET (CSN Bay Area)