The Warriors only loss on a wildly successful seven-game road trip last year came in Orlando.
After opening that trip with five straight wins — including a victory in Miami — Golden State was blasted 99-85. That completed a season-sweep by the Magic against the Warriors and represented their eighth win in the past nine meetings. It was also Orlando’s 16th win the past 19 home games against Golden State.
Does that provide any extra fuel for the Warriors entering tonight’s matchup?
“No,” coach Mark Jackson said. “We want to get this one because it’s on the schedule. It hasn’t nothing to do with last year.”
That’s before he cracked, “Bring J.J. Redick here and maybe that will change.”
Redick, now with the Clippers, was Orlando’s leading scorer in that game with 16 points off the bench. He also scored 22 off the bench in the Magic’s win in Oakland less than two weeks before.
The Warriors won’t have to worry about him this time, but will tangle with a player in Arron Afflalo that Jackson said is playing at an All Star level. He’s averaging 21.9 points and shooting nearly 45 percent from three-point range.
“You’ve got good young talent around him,” Jackson said. “They’re a team that if you mess around, they can put you in trouble.”
– Magic coach Jacque Vaughn, who played 12 years in the NBA after a standout career at Kansas, was asked how he might try to guard Warriors’ star Stephen Curry.
“I’m glad I don’t have to any more,” Vaughn said. “He’s too good.”
– Ognjen Kuzmic re-joined the team and is available for tonight’s game. He played 16 minutes in an NBA Development League game for the Santa Cruz Warriors and had two points and nine rebounds in a 100-97 loss to Bakersfield.