Extra Pass: Sixers take on Curry-less Warriors

Published December 16, 2022, 3:00 PMJon Carlos Rodriguez

Can the Sixers beat the Warriors to extend their winning streak?

The Philadelphia 76ers will try to extend their winning streak to four versus the Golden State Warriors at 8:30 AM on TV5.

What’s up with the Golden State Warriors?

This isn’t a particularly fun time to be a member of Dub Nation. After a huge win versus the Boston Celtics less than a week ago, the Golden State Warriors are in a tailspin. First, they lost to the Milwaukee Bucks in a game where Draymond Green got a fan ejected from the arena because of alleged threatening remarks towards him.

Then, they lost to the Indiana Pacers, in a game where Steph Curry hurt his shoulder. The team said Curry partially dislocated his shoulder, which will force him to miss at least two weeks to a month. That much-awaited, guaranteed intense Christmas Day game between the Warriors and the Memphis Grizzlies? Not looking that intense.

Without Curry, the already-struggling Warriors will again have to pull out other weapons from their roster to avoid the bottom end of the play-in scrum. In 10th place in the Western Conference, that’s exactly where they currently sit: miles away from defending the crown.

What’s up with the Philadelphia 76ers?

The Philadelphia 76ers are a team looking like the worst is behind them. James Harden has returned to the floor after missing about a month due to a foot injury. In his comeback, he’s putting up James Harden numbers: 22 points, 13 assists, and six rebounds per game.

Joel Embiid is also playing in one of those stretches where it’s like he’s personally engraving his name on the MVP trophy. He just dropped a 53-point, 12-rebound game versus the Charlotte Hornets, then followed it up with a 38-point game against the Sacramento Kings.

More than the individual Harden-Embiid stats, what’s great about the Sixers is the three-game winning streak. If Tobias Harris and Matisse Thybulle also go on a hot streak of their own, Philly won’t miss Tyrese Maxey much. 

Storyline to watch out for

Embiid’s 53-point effort versus the Hornets came despite a decent Charlotte frontcourt. The Warriors’ bigs will have headaches trying to contain Embiid.

The Warriors’ chances fall on the barrage of 3s they can throw at the Sixers, a team that has its own share of shooters in Harris, Georges Niang, and Shake Milton.

The Warriors will try to turn this into a shootfest but Embiid is the dominating force inside that will no doubt take control of the game.


Without Curry, the Warriors are at a sure disadvantage. Jordan Poole will have to show up and hold one of his patented Poole parties for Golden State to keep up. 

Otherwise, Harden and Embiid will have a field day alternating buckets on the crippled Warriors.