The Warriors have made the most of their recent stretch of home games, and they hope to continue that Monday night against the Orlando Magic at Oracle Arena. Golden State has won five consecutive home games, dating back to mid-November. After the Warriors play the Magic, they head out onto the road for their longest trip of the season a seven-gamer that will take them to the Midwest and East.The Warriors (10-6) are off to their best start since the 2005-06, season when Mike Montgomery had them at 12-6.
Here are some things to watch for during Mondays game between the Magic and Warriors:Sense of urgency: Do the Warriors have one? They certainly should. With plenty of games away from Oakland looming theres no doubt the Warriors would like to wrap things up back here in a tidy manner. The Magic are coming off a big win on Sunday night in Los Angeles against the Lakers, meaning they could suffer some ill effects against the Warriors both physically and mentally.
This is a game teams with playoff aspirations win and the Warriors have playoff aspirations.Glen Davis vs. David Lee: Look for some big numbers out of both of these players. Davis and Lee are integral parts of their teams offense and both have matchups they likely feel they can exploit at that end.What you have in Davis and Lee are two players who sometimes struggle to score on the interior against athletic defenders. Both are among the league leaders in getting their shots blocked. But since neither is an imposing defender, it could mean heavy production out of both players.Keep rebounding or start shooting better: The Warriors have done a great job of offensive rebounding this season.
That aspect of their game has allowed them to get extra possessions and shots and they have taken advantage.One of the reasons the Warriors have been able to be successful despite not shooting well is because they get so many attempts. If the Warriors dont start shooting the ball better, theyre going to need to continue to rebound at a strong clip.
OAKLAND – Stephen Curry, back-to-back MVP and reigning NBA scoring champ, will be a free agent in July and so will Andre Iguodala, the 2015 NBA Finals MVP.
Another charter member of the Warriors’ championship core, Shaun Livingston, also will be on the market.
“There’s always going to be speculation and it’s easy to start looking ahead,” Livingston told CSNBayArea.com on Tuesday. “But that never does the player any good.”
Iguodala and Livingston love being Warriors, but it’s likely at least one of them may be sacrificed next summer for Patrick McCaw, who cracked the rotation as a rookie and in many ways is a composite of the two veterans.
Iguodala doesn’t hide from the fact that thoughts of the future will creep into his mind, and neither does Livingston, who is in the final year of a three-year deal worth $16.6 million.
“It’s human nature; we all want to get paid,” Livingston said. “We all want to perform well, to get numbers.
"But basketball sometimes in this league can get tricky,” he added. “You start worrying about that stuff, and you end up hurting yourself in the long run. But if you stay with it, stay on course, you may not have the same numbers but the team wins and you get paid more.”
CLEVELAND — LeBron James had his 43rd career triple-double, Kyrie Irving scored 29 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers, who raised their championship banner before the game, beat the New York Knicks 117-88 on Tuesday night in the NBA season opener.
James scored 19 points and added 11 rebounds and 14 assists in front of a raucous home crowd that was on its feet from the pregame ceremony until late in the game, celebrating the city's first championship in 52 years.
James, who spoke to the crowd before the game, continued his perfect record on ring nights. He was 2-0 when the Miami Heat players were presented with their championship rings.
Irving scored 19 points in the third quarter, when Cleveland used a 20-4 run to take a 74-53 lead. Kevin Love scored 23 for the Cavaliers.
Carmelo Anthony led New York with 19 points and Derrick Rose had 17.