UPDATE: Warriors coach Mark Jackson threw a twist in the lineup. Instead of starting Charles Jenkins, or Nate Robinson, Jackson gave the nod to Dominic McGuire.
Here’s why it makes sense: Monta Ellis is about the only Warriors who can keep up with Jeff Teague, the Hawks’ second-year point guard who is bursting at the seams. Joe Johnson is playing after all, and the Warriors would do well to put some size on him, so Dorell Wright might work. The biggest match-up problem is perhaps Josh Smith. So the Warriors can put their best defender on him: Dominic McGuire.
That leaves a question mark for the second unit, and may lead to some limitations on offense. But Jackson has finally sat down at the chess table instead of going with the “if we do what we’re supposed to do” approach. That’s something, right?
Warriors point guard Stephen Curry was ruled out for tonight’s game at Atlanta. He tested his sprained right foot before during pre-game warm-ups. He said he felt good, but the decision was made to sit him out.
That is now two straight games Curry has missed because of a sprained deltoid ligament in his right foot. He initially sustained the injury Feb. 22 atPhoenix. He sat out the entire second half.
Curry has now missed 11 of the Warriors’ 32 games. Nine of those games was for a sprained right ankle. Since he is sitting out tonight, Curry will have eight full days off since the injury Friday’s game atPhiladelphia. He is still listed as day-to-day.
Who should start in Curry’s place? Charles Jenkins is usually the guy. But he was ineffective last game against Darren Collison. Should he get the nod tonight against the Hawks’ Jeff Teague, saving Nate Robinson for the DubStitutes? Or should Nate get the start?