The Warriors begin this season 2-0, which almost seems like a typo no matter how many times you read it. In fact, the Lakers AND the Warriors sit atop the Pacific Division. That, too, is not a typo.
But one of these unbeaten teams will have to lose tonight at the Staples Center. The Warriors are without Stephen Curry who rolled his already tweaked ankle for the third game in a row. Here's what Stephen Curry had to say about the injury and whether Eric Gorden literally "broke his ankles":
"My heel clipped (Griffin's) shoelace," Curry joked. "I watched it in slo-mo. It was just enough to get me off balance. Gordon's crossover was 20 percent, and Griffin's shoelace was the other 80."
For precautionary reasons, the Warriors are holding Curry out from tonights game, which is a huge blow to a team that is finding its chemistry and groove as we've seen from their commanding, albeit shaky at times, performance against the Los Angeles Clippers (0-2).
In his place, San Francisco Chronicle's Rusty Simmons reports, will be Reggie Williams, who by committee, will man the point guard duties with starting combo guard Monta Ellis.
David Lee is the double-double machine that the Warriors expect him to be, averaging 16 points and nearly 14 rebounds a game. Fellow newcomer Dorell Wright has also played well, shooting over 50% from the field and knocking down 9 out of 14 three-point attempts in the first two games of the season.
But the Warrior face the World Champions tonight and the preseason meetings showed why the World Champions are the World Champions. The Warriors are definitely going to need to have another performance as spectacular as their effort against the Clippers to have a chance. The Lakers are the biggest test thus far for the Warriors this season.The Lakers will be without Luke Walton and Andrew Bynum. This is a relief. If only Kobe Bryant wasn't playing.