The good news? Indiana is in the United States—thus, a passport is not required. The bad news? The Pacers own the league’s best record, 46-13.
How will these two defensive-minded teams match up? Will the Warriors bounce back from a disappointing loss to the Toronto Raptors on Sunday? Can the Dubs take down the Pacers at home, where the hosts are a dominant 29-3 this season?
Despite a season’s worth of injuries, slumps, general listlessness and an occasional passport issue, the Dubs head into Indianapolis a respectable 12 games over .500. Since the All-Star break, Golden State has moved up to the sixth spot in the Western Conference, just a half-game ahead of both the Phoenix Suns and Dallas Mavericks.
Golden State has managed to go 5-2 since the All-Star Game, despite some major lineup shuffling as a result of injuries to #fullsquad members Andrew Bogut and David Lee over the past few weeks. Additionally, the roster has experienced adjustments due to trades, miscellaneous signings and the aforementioned misplacement of Jermaine O’Neal’s travel documentation.
Through all the tribulations, the Warriors continue to hunker down and remain focused on regaining their team identity in the season’s second half. Since the break, they have tallied three road wins and home victories against both the Houston Rockets and Phoenix Suns, which boast winning percentages over .600.
Can the Dubs add another notch to their belts? Will they be able to keep up with the Pacers?
Here are five things to look for during their upcoming contest against the Indiana.