Golden State Warriors are in a roaring form, and the question remains, can any team in the NBA stop Stephen Curry and co.? The Atlanta Hawks, who are their next opponent, will hope to end Warriors 11-match winning streak.
After Warriors lost embarrassingly to Los Angeles Lakers earlier in the month, no team has been able to stop them with Curry, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson firing on all cylinders. They have become a difficult team to beat when these star players get their A game going.
What makes them a strong team is their combined effort from their offensive and defensively strong players, but they might have to do without the services of Draymond Green, who missed their last match against Minnesota Timberwolves due to sprained left ankle. He is one of their key players, and his absence can disturb the balance of their team. Warriors coach Steve Kerr understands that things change when he is not on the floor for them.
"It was just not having Draymond out there. It changes our ball movement and the force that we played with. He's handling the ball so often for us that you take him out of there, it changes things," AP quoted Kerr as saying.
The Hawks have not been able to hit their straps of late. After getting off to a good start this season, their recent performances have been below par. They have won one in their last six matches, which is not expected from a team like Hawks. Had their record been good in their last few matches, they could have comfortably found themselves in the top two position in the eastern conference.
There is a serious need for their players to take their game to another level against Warriors else they might suffer an embarrassing defeat, further lowering their confidence. Paul Millsap, who averages 16.2 this season, will be responsible in the offensive end, alongside Kyle Krover. However, the game is once again going to be more about Warriors offense and their magic on the floor, which always takes centre stage.
Where to watch live
Golden State Warriors vs Atlanta Hawks is set to begin at 10.30pm ET (3.30am GMT, 9am IST next day). Live Streaming and TV guide for the NBA match is given below.
India: TV: Sony Six and Sony Six HD. Live Streaming: Sonyliv
Philippines: NBA Premium
USA: NBA League Pass
International: NBA Online