Warriors-Raptors: What to watch for

Warriors-Raptors: What to watch for
March 4, 2012, 3:54 pm
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The Warriors conclude their five-game road trip with whatappears to be their two most winnable games: Toronto and Washington.Thats the good news. The bad news is those games are aSunday-Monday back-to-back and that they come on the tail end of a trip afterthe Warriors have been on the road for a week.Still, the Warriors are 1-2 on the trip a win over Atlanta and they can more than salvage things with a pair of victories.Heres what to watch for during Sundays game against theRaptors: Currys status: Since straining his rightfoot in Phoenix on Feb. 22, Warriors point guard Stephen Curry has missed threegames. The Warriors said they are hopeful that Curry could play before the roadtrip is over, but if he doesnt play today, its more likely the team wouldshoot for Curry playing Wednesday against Memphis rather than Monday againstWashington.Technically, Curry did play in Wednesdays game vs. Atlanta.Warriors coach Mark Jackson brought him in as a decoy for three seconds on aWarriors possession in the final minute.McGuires role: Jackson has replacedCurry in the starting lineup the past two games with defensive specialistDominic McGuire. Jackson likes the defensive intensity McGuire gives the teamat the outset of games, but that comes at an offensive price.In the past two games McGuire has played 65 minutes butdidnt score any points. When Jackson starts McGuire, it means there are atleast two non-offensive players on the court along with Biedrins.Now throw in Dorell Wright, who has been struggling, at itsno wonder that the Warriors first unit is relying too heavily on David Lee andMonta Ellis to do all the scoring.Robinsons role: With the Warriorsstruggling to score, it would seem like the perfect opportunity for NateRobinson to give the team a boost. Only he has struggled recently and,quite frankly, for much of the season.Robinson is shooting just 32.6 percent (16-for-49) in thepast seven games, and for the season shooting 39.9 percent.In the Warriors last game against Philly, the teamdesperately was seeking a third scorer and didnt find one. If Curry cant goagainst the Raptors, the Warriors need Robinson to step up.

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