The Warriors meet the Charlotte Bobcats tonight in what really should be billed as the Stephen Curry homecoming game. Curry, having grown up in the area and starred at Davidson College not too far down the road, is about to play in front of the hometown crowd and you can bet Chick-Fil-A is about to do some promos with the Bobcats:
As nasally as can be, Curry was singing a song by Diddy Dirty Money.
CURRY: "I'm coming home. I'm coming home. Tell the world I'm coming home. How that song go?"
Curry has big plans for his second trip as a pro to his hometown of Charlotte. Of course, he'll be stopping at Chik-Fil-A. But he'll also be checking out his Davidson Wildcats.
The Bobcats, like the Warriors, are going through some growing pains and the recent switch in coaching from Larry Brown to Paul (and Stephen) Silas has paid off. The Bobcats have won 2 straight games since P.Silas was announced as the interim coach.
The Warriors will once again be without Andris Biedrins and his backup Dan Gadzuric both nursing lingering injuries. With Biedrins possibly missing the next 5 games recovering, the Warriors need more hustle from elsewhere. As Marcus Thompson II reported, the Warriors, with Biedrins out of the lineup, have been outrebounded by an average of 12 rebounds a game. During that span, opponents have collected 76 offensive rebounds for an average of 19 a game.
Without Biedrins, expect Vladimir Radmanovic (and not Ekpe Udoh or Brandan Wright) to get more minutes in the next few games. The Warriors play some experienced, veteran teams in the next few days and Coach Keith Smart mentioned that Udoh didn't get the call against the Atlanta Hawks because he didn't think that Udoh knew how to match up against the skill and savvy of Al Horford and Zaza Pachulia. Wright played exactly one minute and scored one basket, but it is unclear how much time he will get, either especially as he gets back into game shape.
Whatever it is, the Warriors will need a big scoring night from their 'big 3' of David Lee, Monta Ellis, and Stephen Curry -- together combining for 13-38 in a 103-93 loss to the Hawks. Since Curry's return from injury, he has averaged 10 assists a game, but is shooting a paltry 28% from the field.