James Harden scored 29 points on 16 field-goal attempts the last time the Warriors faced the Houston Rockets back on Feb. 20. Houston won that game 135-105, and it sounds like Golden State's Juan Toscano-Anderson was looking forward to the rematch.
With the NBA season indefinitely suspended due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Toscano-Anderson and the Warriors have some free time on their hands. Toscano-Anderson made use of it by holding a Q&A on Twitter on Saturday night, at which time he was asked which player -- whether teammate or opponent -- he was most looking forward to playing with or against when the season starts back up.
Toscano-Anderson provided multiple answers.
"Excited to get our whole team back to full strength," Toscano-Anderson replied. "I was very excited to guard James Harden."
Well, you've got to appreciate the fact that he's not afraid of a challenge. There might not be a tougher player to guard than Harden in the entire league, but then again, Toscano-Anderson didn't finally establish himself as an NBA player this season by taking the easy way out.
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The Warriors and Rockets were scheduled to play each other for a fourth and final time this season in Houston on April 2. Obviously, that particular game won't take place on that day, but whether it is postponed or canceled, Toscano-Anderson surely will have more opportunities to try to make things harder on Harden.
It sounds like Juan Toscano-Anderson is going to be sidelined for a while.
He will undergo an MRI on his sprained left ankle, and the expectation is that he will not travel with the team on its upcoming five-game road trip.
After hosting the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday night, the Warriors play at Milwaukee, Toronto, Indiana, Detroit and New York over an eight-day span, before returning home to face the Atlanta Hawks on March 25.
Toscano-Anderson injured his ankle less than 45 seconds into Golden State's loss to the LA Clippers on Tuesday night and did not return.
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The 26-year-old also started the prior five games, averaging 4.6 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 25.9 minutes per game.
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No Klay Thompson. No more Kevin Durant. No more Andre Iguodala. No more Shaun Livingston. And still, nobody saw a Warriors season quite like this coming during the inaugural season at Chase Center.
Entering Tuesday, the Warriors (13-48) own the worst record in the NBA. There have been plenty of bumps in the road -- and a fractured left hand for Steph Curry -- for this young, injured Golden State team. Still, they're finding ways to keep it light with little turmoil in the public's eye.
This is lighthearted and all fun and games, however, it serves a bigger purpose in the long run. Eric Paschall, Marquese Chriss and Juan Toscano-Anderson all are hopefuls to be a part of the Warriors' future. Chriss came to the Warriors in training camp with questions surrounding his maturity and has passed every test.
Even Draymond Green, who leads the league in technical fouls with 14 this season, mostly has been under control and displayed solid leadership for this downtrodden team. And then there's Curry.
As the two-time MVP fights to get back on the court -- his target return date of March 1 was pushed back -- Curry spent Monday in Santa Cruz scrimmaging with the Warriors' G League affiliate and fully embraced the experience.
There have been times of frustration, there's no doubt about that. But the Warriors haven't unraveled this season at all. They have their eyes set on the bigger picture.
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From the front office to coach Steve Kerr and his players, the Warriors know they can compete to get back to basketball's apex next season. Thompson even said Sunday that the "dynasty ain't over."
This team's comradery while facing adversity shows why Klay's proclamation very well could be true.