NBA schedule 2014: Warriors put win streak on the line in Chicago
Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and the Warriors head to Chicago for what should be a great matchup with Derrick Rose, Jimmy Butler and the Bulls. Around the league, the Clippers hosting the Pelicans and the Rockets hosting the Suns are among the notable games.
The Golden State Warriors have been on a tear, winning their last 11 games in a row to take the lead out West. On Thursday, they completely destroyed the New Orleans Pelicans behind great performances by the Splash Brothers, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. Their schedule hasn’t been particularly tough, but they have taken care of business and look like the best team in the league at this point. The team has a different dimension with power forward Draymond Green in the starting lineup.
Facing them this Saturday will be the Bulls, who sit at fourth in the East despite injuries ravaging them. Joakim Noah and Doug McDermott are questionable for the Bulls and Taj Gibson could make his return after two weeks out with a left ankle injury. Jimmy Butler has been fantastic so far, as has been Derrick Rose, who has been solid when he has suited up. If they are complete, the Bulls can beat anyone, including the red-hot Warriors.
Let’s see what else the NBA has to offer this Saturday night.
The main course
Warriors at Bulls, 8 p.m. ET
Jimmy Butler, the Eastern Conference Player of the Month, will go against Stephen Curry, the Western Conference Player of the Month. Derrick Rose will suit up, Klay Thompson will be there, Pau Gasol will battle Andrew Bogut inside — this game should be a blast. A win for the Bulls would be huge as they look for more consistency. For the Warriors, this is a chance to make a statement and cement themselves as the team to beat early in the season.
TV: NBATV Canada, WGN-TV, CSN Bay Area
The Suns contained the high-powered Mavericks‘ offense Friday to get a quality win and now travel to Houston to face one of the best defenses in the league. Both teams have explosive scorers but both are on the second game of a back-to-back, so things could get sloppy. It will be interesting to see if anyone on the Suns roster can contain James Harden, who is averaging 27 points and six assists in the last five games and keeping the Rockets winning without Dwight Howard.
TV: ROOT, FSAZ+
Pelicans at Clippers, 10:30 p.m. ET
One thing is for certain in this matchup: There will be highlights. Anthony Davis is good for a couple of great moments per game and he will be going against Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan. Both teams need the win to keep up with the rest of the ruthless Western conference, so expect the game to be played with high intensity.
TV: FSNOLA, PRIME TICKET