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As the fans of the Sacramento Kings wait with faded breath to see their beloved team pack up and head South to Anaheim, the Golden State Warriors fans can rest assured that their team is safe and sound where it is. But after the 129-119 drubbing handed out by the Kings in probably their last showdown ever at Arco/Power Band Pavilion, it is definitely a memory that will leave a poor taste in the Warriors’ mouths.
The ride from Oakland to Sacramento has got to be one of the shortest road trips of the year for any NBA team, save for Clippers v. Lakers games at the Staples Center. But the Warriors came out slower than if they just got off a flight from over seas, starting out down almost by 20 points half way through the first quarter. Was it really the fact that the Kings were that much better tonight, or was it more than that? The conspiracy theorist in me says that these teams met before the game and decided the outcome before hand, like a WWE wrestling match, with the Kings playing the part of the dominant home favorites and the Warriors as the rough and tumble villainous vistors.
OK, that probably was a little bit of a stretch.
But it was obvious that the Kings wanted to give their fans something to remember; going out on top against the other Bay Area NBA team for the last time on their home floor. Not a bad night for the Kings and their fanbase.
But this was a tough pill to swallow for Warriors fans. It is almost unfathomable how the W’s can look so good for two nights in a row than look so bad the very next game. It’s been the story of their season, unable to build consistency or confidence in ones self, looking like two different teams in two games in a row.
Golden State will now have to go from playing the bottom of the barrel to the cream of the crop as they host the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday, another team that poses serious matchup issues with the W’s throughout their lineup. Hopefully this won’t be another night Warriors fans have to etch-a-sketch from memory again, shaking their heads in shame and mild disgust.
Coming of the high of two straight wins at Oracle Arena the Golden State Warriors fell hard back to Earth tonight as the Sacramento Kings embarras the W’s by a score of 129-119. It was a showcase of two of the best Thorntons in the league, but it was Marcus who outshined Al.
On the second night of a back to back the Warriors came out really flat; in fact, the game wasn’t as close as the score would indicate as the Kings held a large double digit lead throughout the game, scoring an astounding 71 points in the first half alone. The game was physical with a total of 49 fouls called,their even was a bit of a skirmish towards the end of the second quarter as the Warriors were obviously frustrated with their play and the Kings were riled up and ready to win. That bus ride to Sac town must really have taken it out of of the W’s.
It was a battle of the Thorntons tonight with Marcus taking the cake, scoring 42 points on 13-20 shooting including 4 threes, while the W’s newly acquired Al Thornton had his best showing as a Warrior with 23 points in 21 minutes off the bench. Steph Curry had 19 with 5 threes, Dorell Wright had 18 on 5-8 shooting, Monta had 15, and Vladimir Radmanovic added 16 off the bench. For the Kings it was the big boys doing some damage as Samuel Dalembert had a double-double with 27 points and 16 boards while DeMarcus Cousins added 15 and 9 boards. The Warriors were -22 in rebounding (46-24), while both teams shot 33 free throws for the game. It will likely mark the last time these teams will ever play in Sacramento again as the Kings are all but packed for their new home in Anaheim.
With the loss it moves the Warriors to 30-37 for the season, 7.5 games out of the 8th and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. This was a game the Warriors should have won but had lost from the start, and must now regroup quickly as they face a dominate Dallas Mavericks team on Wednesday at Oracle.
After taking back-to-back games at Oracle Arena over the weekend, the Golden State Warriors make the short bus ride over the hill to play the Sacramento Kings this evening. It’s been a while since this matchup has meant any more than personal pride and bragging rights as the top NBA team in the area, but hopefully the recent speculation of the Kings relocation to Anaheim will have them excited to be the best in the Bay Area.
The Kings currently sit in last place in at 15-49 but have proved tougher to beat that their record might suggest when it comes to the Warriors. In the last two meetings in December and January the games went into overtime, although the Warriors won both of them. For the third game in a row David Lee will have the opportunity to shot down another productive big man in DeMarcus Cousins. Lee kept Dwight Howard and Kevin Love under 10 points in each of his last two games, and will hopefully but up to the task again tonight against Cousins.
Tipoff is set for 7:00 PT and can be found on CSN Bay Area or heard on KNBR 680.
As a NBA season progresses, every team has their very own brand of basketball that gets them through the season. Some are more successful, some are not, and some are in a constant struggle to have the same identity night in and night out. As for the Golden State Warriors, their true colors were on display at Oracle Arena over the weekend.
The Warriors love to score, force turnovers, and get out in transition. They don’t have a big three to rely on, they don’t play lock down defense every night, and they sure don’t have a bench stacked with talent that keeps them from getting blown out. After setting a new franchise record with 21 3-pointers on Friday against the Orlando Magic, the Warriors showed one way they win ball games, by shooting the lights out. But another factor is David Lee, who almost single-handedly kept Dwight Howard from getting his shots and forcing him to the free throw line. Last night against the Timberwolves, the Warriors forced 26 turnovers, and were running the floor all night, while once again, Mr. Lee took on the double-double machine Kevin Love and found his off switch. Keeping a team’s main/best player to only six shots for the game is impressive, especially since he’d been putting up the numbers he had.
The W’s are four games out of second place in the Pacific Division (they aren’t catching the Lakers), while they’re 6.5 out of the 8th and final playoff spot in the West. They have 16 games left on the schedule with nine of those against teams who currently reside in a playoff spot. That will prove to be a tough test for any team, especially when you have so much ground to make up. But if the Warriors stay within themselves and don’t let other teams take them out of their game, who knows what could happen.
We Believe! (?)
Another exciting night at Oracle Arena, another win for the Golden State Warriors.
The Warriors are on their first two game winning streak since before the All-Star break as they dominated the Minnesota Timberwolves 100-77. The biggest story of the game was the ending of Kevin Love’s double-double streak at 53, which the fans ar Oracle greatly appreciated. But to me it was the fact that the W’s looked like a confident, winning bunch ready to make a push for the last playoff spot in the Western Conference. And even though there went as many fans as there were on Friday against the Magic, they sure still made a lot of noise.
Stephen Curry had 24 points, 9 rebounds, and 6 assists to lead the Warriors attack with Monta Ellis and Dorell Wright each dropping 16 apiece, David Lee had 8, and Louis Amundson added 11 and 7 boards from off the bench. They even out rebounded the T’Wolves 46-43 and had a whopping 10 blocks, 5 of which were from rookie Ekpe Udoh, lighting up the crowd with every swatted ball. The Warriors were in control throughout most of the game, especially when it came to Mr. Love.
Love only took 6 shots during the game making one of them, a credit to the defense of the team and especially David Lee (second night in a row, he shout down Dwight Howard on Friday) and never really seemed to get into the flow of the game. Some fans even chanted “you’re streaks over” when Coach Kurt Rambis pulled him from the game with about 5 minutes left in the game. The Warriors D also forced a staggering 26 turnovers by Minnesota, which in itself buried the T’Wolves. Micheal Beasley and Martell Webster each ahd 16, which Luke Ridnour added 13.
With the win it moves the W’s to 30-36, 6.5 games out of the 8th and final playoff spot. The Warriors will next make the long, exhausting trip down the road to Sacramento to play the Kings tomorrow, a battle of the Bay Area so to speak. Tipoff is set for 7:00 PT.
After their exhilarating 123-120 overtime win over the Orlando Magic on Friday the Golden State Warriors are looking to get back-to-back wins at Oracle Arena tonight for the first time in a month as they host the Minnesota Timberwovles. Tipoff is set for 6:00 PT (remember daylight savings folks!) and will be televised on CSN Bay Area and broadcast on KNBR 680.
The Warriors are looking to continue their magic from Friday night when they hit a new franchise record with 21 3-pointers for the game, with Dorell Wright hitting 8 of them and Monta Ellis 7. And despite a win over an Eastern Conference powerhouse like Orlando, the team needs to focus on the task at hand with a dangerous T’Wolves team despite their abismal 17-50 record. It was just two weeks ago that the Warriors lost to Minnesota 126-123 at the Target Center in Minneapolis behind double-double machine Kevin Love, who now is the record-holder for most consecutive double-doubles with 53 and counting.
The Warriors are going to have to really lock it down on the glass if they want to end Love’s incredible streak, but if they continue to shoot the light out like last game, than this game may be over before it even starts. I think Monta and Dorell will continue to light it up (although probably not as much as Friday’s game) and after a strong defensive showing against Dwight Howard, I think David Lee is going to have a pretty good game himself. I’ll be going to this game too, can’t wait to see how this one plays out!
In probably their biggest win of their season so far the Golden State Warriors made an exciting comeback against the Orlando Magic in overtime for a 123-120 win at Oracle Arena. Where did this come from? The team didn’t seem to play with this kind of fire the entire road trip, so what was the big difference?
It was the Golden State fans.
Being at last night’s game was a great experience, I got to see the Warriors set a new franchise record for 3 pointers (21) and an all around exciting game, and while I was there all I could think of is how the W’s look like a different team when they pay at Oracle. The fans were into it the entire game which definitely helped the players retain their focus and want to win this game for us in the stands. Players like Dorell Wright wanted it badly, here’s what he had to say after the game:
“That’s an NBA classic right there for sure. That was a great game and it was great to be a part of that. It was definitely a shootout, both teams wouldn’t give up. We fought all the way, 21 points down. Team showed a lot of pride and heart going out there playing against one of these elite teams in the NBA. That definitely has to be number one in my career.
I’d have to agree with Dorell, it was probably the number one game I’d ever been to at Oracle, and one that makes the fans want to come back to see what the W’s will do next.
The T’Wolves will be in town on Sunday, what kind of encore do the Warriors have in store?
It was a wild scene at Oracle Arena tonight as the Golden State Warriors beat the Orlando Magic in overtime 123-120 with Monta Ellis and Dorell Wright making personal and Warriors history. Sure am glad I made it to Oracle for this one.
The Warriors were down by as much as 21 points in the first half, but came out firing in the third quarter, taking the lead with about 4 minutes left in the period. As a team the W’s shot 49.5% (46-93); Monta lead all scorers with 39 points on 14-24 shooting, including a carrer best 7-9 from downtown, including 11 assists, 4 steals, and a block. Not to be outdone, Dorell Wirght made a mind-boggling 8 three pointers, finishing the game with 32 on 12-17 shooting. As a team Golden State set a new franchise record with 21 threes, outdoing the old record of 17. Steph Curry added 22 and 12 assists, while David Lee had 16 and 9 assists.
The Warriors kept MVP candidate Dwight Howard to only 13 points for the game, although he did have an impressive 21 rebounds. Former Warrior Jason Richardson had 30 points with 7 three’s, while Jameer Nelson and Hedo Turkoglu added 24 a piece. Orlando had 15 threes of their own but committed 18 turnovers in the process.
This was probably the most exciting basketball game I’d ever been to, the energy inside Oracle was insane the whole second half, and was down right electric in overtime. The Warriors showed some serious heart tonight, and is their best win of the season in my opinion.
With the win it moves the W’s to 29-36 for the season with their next game on Sunday against the Minnesota Timberwolves at 6:00 PT. I’ll be at that game too, even if it’s half as good as this game, I’d still be totally satisfied.
The Golden State Warriors are home sweet home after their elongated seven game road trip, and are immediately greeted with one of the best teams in the league as they host the Orlando Magic tonight at Oracle Arena.
The Warriors road trip was, in a word, unsatisfactory. Facing sub-par teams in six of their seven games and a 2-5 record to show for it is not quite how the Warriors had envisioned it. But that’s all over now, and with a win tonight over one of the elite teams in the NBA it could go a long way in building some confidence and stringing together some wins. But that’s always easier said than done against the Magic.
Orlando is on a five game roadie of their own which started with a very close call against the Sacramento Kings last night, barely escaping with a win. After that poor showing on the road I’m looking for the Magic to refocus themselves quickly against Golden State. In their last meeting on January 3rd the Magic won handedly at the Amway center 110-90, with All-Star Dwight Howard dropping 22 points and 17 boards on the W’s. David Lee and the rest of the Warriors big men are going to have their hands full tonight trying to guard the possible MVP candidate, although Mr. Lee has had seven double-doubles in his last eight games.
Tipoff is set for 7:30 PT tonight and will be seen on CSN BayPlus and heard on KNBR 680. I’ll be at this game live and in person, look for the guy wearing a Warriors jersey!
After the Warriors latest loss on their 7 game road trip to the Deron William-less New Jersey Nets, there’s nothing more the team needs than a little home cooking. And with the W’s season winding down with 9 road games left on their schedule they’re going to appreciate playing at home even more.
Their woebegone 9-23 record on the road is proof that the Warriors aren’t ready for the big time. But the W’s usually hold it down pretty well at Oracle, and almost always look more confident and comfortable there. A team's success is largely based on how they handle the adversity of a road game, proof that they can bring their game anywhere and still compete. My boy Steph Curry hit the nail on the head after the game:
"We've just got to figure out what winning basketball is night in and night out."
Especially when those nights in and nights out are away from home. Golden State’s longest winning streak of the season came in four home games at the end of January, although they followed that up with four straight losses, and now have three of their next four at home (the road game is the Kings, not too long of a flight). Too bad they have to play the Magic and Mavericks in two of those three home games instead of the Cavaliers and Wizards.
I will be attending the next two home games (Magic on Friday, T’Wolves on Sunday) at Oracle this weekend, and I’m hoping to see some wins. Luckily for me the Warriors are home, so they’ll have a better chance.
The Golden State Warriors played a lazy fourth quarter tonight in Newark, handing the New Jersey Nets a 94-90 win and their first 3 game winning streak since February of 2009; all without All-Star point guard Deron Williams. With the loss it marks the end of the W’s 7 game road trip, finishing 2-5 in that stretch.
It was a well-contested, fast-paced matchup tonight at the Prudential Center that consisted off lots of lead changes and momentum swings, but unfortunately for the Warriors they let the Nets dictate the fourth quarter offensively and defensively. The Nets were getting to the hole and hitting their shots while keeping the Warriors off balance and forcing up poor shots. Once again, the Warriors refused to take control of the game, eventually leading to another disappointing loss.
David Lee had a double-double with 17 points and 12 boards, Monta Ellis had 16 and 4 assists, Steph Curry had 15 and two steals, and Dorell Wright had 10 and 7 boards. As for the Nets, Kris Humphries and Brook Lopez had double-doubles as well with 11 points and 15 boards and 26 and 10 boards respectively. Former Warrior Anthony Morrow had 22 while Sasha Vujacic added 16.
With the loss it moves the Warriors to 28-36 for the season, 7.5 games out of 8th place in the Western Conference. The Warriors will finally head home to Oracle Arena to face the dominate Orlando Magic on Friday, a very stiff test for this Golden State team. Can’t wait.
In a game that has seen 11 lead changes and 8 ties the Golden State Warriors were close with the New Jersey Nets all game, but inched their way to a 77-74 lead through three quarters at the Prudential Center in Newark.
David Lee leads the Warriors with 17 points and 8 rebounds, another nice showing from Mr. Lee. Acie Law started the third quarter for Stephen Curry, who’s late first half foul of Sundiata Gaines left him with 3 personal’s; Law has 8 points through three quarters. But Monta was back for the whole third quarter, apparently just getting some rest from Coach Smart in the second, pushing his totals to 14 points, 3 assists, and 2 steals.
Anthony Morrow continues to light up his former team going 4-4 from deep and racking up 18 points, Kris Humphries is one point shy of a double double with 9 and 11 boards, while Sasha Vujacic has 16 and Brook Lopez 14.
The Warriors are one quarter away from closing out their elongated road trip with back-to-back wins and a 3-4 record in their 7 games away from Oracle. Let’s see if they can shut the door on the Nets.
The Warriors had a one point lead with 5 seconds to play but an untimely Steph Curry foul of D-League call up Sundiata Gaines put the Nets ahead late. The Warriors played a pretty good half as a team, shooting a decent 41% from the field and 50% from downtown, while committing only three turnovers for the entire half.
Reggie Williams was hot off the bench, scoring 10 points in the quarter including going 3-3 from downtown. Steph Curry had 7 points on 3-6 shooting, David Lee had 8 points and 6 boards, and Ekpe Udoh added 6 and a block off the bench. Monta Ellis was inexplicably absent from most of the second quarter, and it is uncertain if he is injured or if it was Coach Smart’s decision to give him some rest (something Monta almost never does). Hopefully we see him in the third quarter, the time he usually starts to take over.
The Nets had three players in double figures in the first half; Sasha Vujacic had 12, Brook Lopez had 12 with 7 boards, and former Warrior Anthony Morrow had 13. They shot about the same as the Warriors did in that half (41%, 50% from 3) but out rebounded the W’s 29-23.
It’s shaping up to be an excellent second half, let’s see which team wants it more.
The Golden State Warriors are off to a decent start at the Prudential Center as they trail 29-22 to the New Jersey Nets after the first quarter. The Warriors are looking to end the road trip with back-to-back wins, but will need to once again to shoot themselves out of the hole they’re in.
The Warriors were looking to get the Nets running as they are coming off of their long distance trip to London, England last week, and had some success forcing 5 turnovers and getting some easy buckets in transition. The Nets came out of the gate as if they were still trying to shake the cobwebs out from the trip, but were on fire from the floor shooting 50% from the floor while making 5 out of 5 three pointers.
David Lee and Monta Ellis started off with 6 points a piece, Dorell Wright added four while Steph Curry had two. Sasha Vujacic and Anthony Morrow were the top scorers of the first quarter with 10 and 11 respectively, and haven’t missed from downtown.
Andris Biedrins got his first start of the last couple games, taking his starting spot back from rookie Ekpe Udoh. Although Biedrins was about as efficient as Udoh was with two points and two boards.
After an up and down week on the road, The Golden State Warriors are in need of some R & R. But instead they are in Newark, New Jersey looking to regain some momentum before heading back to the Bay. The W's are trying for back-to-back wins tonight for the first time since the All-Star break as they square off with the New Jersey Nets at the Prudential Center.
Being on the road for the last nine days and with a 9-22 record away from Oracle, the Warriors are definitely missing the comforts of home. But a win tonight would put them at 3-4 for the trip, not too shabby for a team that struggles on the road. Finishing the trip on a back-to-back traveling from the Midwest to the Eastern seaboard is a daunting task for any team, luckily the lowly Nets have been on a little road trip of their own.
The Nets (19-23) haven't played a game since Saturday as they traveled across the pond to London, England for two games against the Toronto Raptors. The Nets won both games, with the last one going into triple overtime before it was decided. All of this is good news for the Warriors, who will hopefully catch a jet-lagged team that is weary from their travels; but that's not even the best part for the W's. Recently acquired All-Star point guard Deron Williams will not be playing tonight, as he is in Dallas with his Wife for the birth of their fourth child. I'd like to personally congratulate Deron and his Wife, and thank him from the bottom of my heart for missing this game for us W's fans.
In their last matchup on January 17th the Warriors beat the Nets 109-100 at Oracle Arena, with Monta dropping 26 and David Lee had 24. Golden State also had a season low 6 turnovers in that game.
Tipoff for tonight's game is set for 4:00 PT and can be watched on CSN Bay Area, or heard on KNBR 1050.
After finishing off the Cleveland Cavaliers 95-85 this evening the Golden State Warriors were happy to get out of Quicken Loans Arena with a win, because in all honesty they almost didn’t. But they did, and now they look to somewhat salvage their road trip by finishing it off with two straight wins, but that is always easier said than done with this team.
This was probably the most important stretch of the Warriors season so far; a lengthy road trip against mediocre teams (except Boston) that could vault the Warriors back into serious contention in the Western Conference. The players knew it, the fans knew it, even other team’s fans knew it. We all know Golden State has some more wins they can pull from their bag of tricks, but how many, and will it be enough?
Here’s what Steph Curry said about the road trip after the game:
“We came in with high hopes and high expectations and we did not start off the trip the way we wanted. To get three [wins], hopefully tomorrow, get the last one and finish the road trip nicely. That is the only thing we can control right now. We have to go into tomorrow with a lot of energy, it is a back-to-back, and play well."
All the promise, followed by all the disappointment. Sound familiar Warriors fans?
Now I didn’t hear Curry say this I simply read it, but to me it seems like a man who knows the sound of the curtain call. There’s only one way and one way only to get to three wins on this trip; beat the Nets tomorrow. And Steph’s talking about coming out with energy in a back-to-back game on the road? I’d like to see that from any NBA team. Steph seems like he knows what's coming, he played in all the games that they had to come from behind to win but usually don’t. Riding out the long season with his summer vacation right on the horizon. This road trip was their season in a nutshell; sure they got some wins, but still aren't quite ready to compete every night.
Let’s face it, any more wins the Warriors get will be won for the sake of pride, not glory. It’s a very somber feeling knowing that your team most likely won’t make the playoffs again, I could only imagine how it feels for a player. And in all seriousness, I want to be wrong. I want the Warriors to go 15-3 the rest of their games and make a playoff appearance, but this is reality, not a made for TV movie.
I’m still going to root for you Warriors and root hard, but I’ll do it with the knowledge that it will probably be all for naught.
Monta Ellis shot a carrer high six 3 pointers on 9 attempts, finishing with 24 points as the Golden State Warriors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 95-85 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. It was a well contested matchup in the first half, but the Cavs proved to be no contest for the Warriors in the second half.
Not to be outdone by Monta, Steph Curry had 23 points on 10-18 shooting as well as 6 assists and 7 rebounds (4 offensive) for the game. David Lee had his second straight double-double with 14 points and 14 boards, while Dorell Wright added 7 and 4 assists. As a team the Warriors 39-86 (45.3%) 14 turnovers, and a staggering 11 blocks, three of which came by the hands of Vladimir Radmanovic.
The Cavs never regained the lead after halftime, shooting a dismal 31-85 (36.5%) form the floor led by Baron Davis’ 19 and 6 assists, while Ryan Hollins added 14 and Samardo Samuels added 11 and 9 boards. The Cavs out rebounded the W’s 44-40 but turned the ball over 19 times for 21 Golden State points. The Cavs have no lost an astounding 51 games, 24 of which are at home.
With the win it moves the Warriors to 28-35 on the season with 19 games left to try to make a playoff push. The Warriors now head to the Garden State to take on the New Jersey Nets in their second game of a back-to-back tomorrow at the Prudential Center in Newark. Tip-off is set for 4:00 PT and can be seen on CSN Bay Area and heard on KNBR 1050.
Monta dropped 17 of his 21 points in the third quarter on 6-9 shooting for the period including 4 from downtown to lead the charge for the Warriors Steph Curry is not far behind him with 19 on 8-12 shooting while adding 6 dimes and 5 boards. The W’s increased their 3-point percentage to 53.8%
The Cavs have cooled down significantly in the third quarter as their team field goal percentage dropped to 35.3% with their staters a combined 12-43 shooting from the field. Baron Davis leads the Cavs from off the bench with 17 points, 4 boards, and 3 assists. The Cavs increased their turnovers to 13 now through three quarters.
The Warriors can taste their second win of the road trip, now they have to go out and take it.
After a lackadaisical first quarter the Golden State Warriors clawed their way back into the game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, taking a 47-46 lead into halftime at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.
The Warriors improved their shooting in the second quarter, bumping the field goal percentage up to 46.3%, but continue their poor 3-point shooting going 2-7 (28.6%) from downtown. Steph Curry is leading the Warriors so far with 11 points, 5 boards, and 3 assists. Al Thornton had his first significant contribution to the W’s since being acquired at the trade deadline with 9 points in 11 minutes. Monta Ellis is struggling thus far in the game with only 4 points on 2-7 shooting with 2 turnovers. David Lee has 6 points and 5 boards.
The Warriors turned the ball over 7 times in the half compared to the Cavaliers 4, and the Cavs have made 11 free throws compared to the 8 attempted by the Warriors. The Cavs continued to out rebound the W’s 25-18 as well. The Warriors also had an impressive 7 blocks as a team in the first half.
I have a feeling the second half is going to be tight; Golden State needs to keep their intensity they had in the second quarter alive the rest of the way or it will give the Cavs the confidence to take this game away from the W’s.
The Golden State Warriors came into Cleveland looking to get their second win on this road trip, now they’re trying to not get embarassed by one of the worst teams in the NBA. After a dismal 8-45 start the Cavaliers have turned it around recently going 4-5 in their last nine games, and came out tonight ready to play as the Cavaliers lead the Warriors 30-18.
The game started out with a very quick pace, and the Cavs were beating the Warriors at their own game. Golden State was missing layups and taking poor shots, and got dominated on the glass by a 17-8 margin. They Cavs were getting dunks in transition, Baron Davis was throwing alley-oops, and the Warriors seemed to be stunned out of the gate. Even with their recent improvements it really is a joke that the Warriors can get owned by a team that’s so bad.
David Lee had 6 and 4 boards, Louis Amundson had four off the bench, Monta Ellis has 2 points on 1-4 shooting, and Ekpe Udoh has 2 blocks. As a team the Warriors shot 8-22 (36.4%) in that first quarter while the Cavs shot 13-30 (43.3%) lead by Samardo Samuels with 9 and 2 boards and J.J. Hickson had 8 and 5 rebounds.
The Warriors better get themselves into the game quickly or this game might go down as their worst loss of the season thus far.
With only two games left on their elongated road trip, the Golden State Warriors are looking for an elusive road win as they face the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena. The Warriors have simply not got it done thus far on the trip, posting a 1-4 record against a cast of rather sub-par teams, although Cleveland is probably the most sub-par team in the league.
Coming off of a gut-wrenching overtime loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday, the Warriors are looking to bounce back, and in a big way. In their last meeting with the Cavs in January, the Warriors got the win 116-98 at Oracle Arena, but it should prove to be a different matchup this time. With recent wins over the Knicks and most memorably the Lakers, Cleveland has proved that they can compete with the big boys. And with the addition of veteran Baron Davis the Cavs added a vocal leader who can fill up the scoreboard quickly (although he's no LeBron), and along with Antawn Jamison and Anderson Varejao, the Cavs are a team that can beat any team on any night. Look for Monta Ellis to have himself a big game, who usually responds the most when adversity sets in.
Hopefully the W's can get themselves focused and tally one in the win column in Cleveland. Tipoff is set for 4:00 PT and will be televised on CSN Bay Area and broadcast on KNBR 1050.
With the end of their seven game road trip in the sight, the Golden State Warriors (27-35) are looking to head back to the Bay with a couple more wins under their belt. And with three of their next four opponents a total of 96 games under .500 combined, the W’s have some great opportunities to do so.
The W’s first stop this week is in Cleveland to face the lowly Cavaliers (12-50) at Quicken Loans Arena on Tuesday. With the addition of Baron Davis, the Cavs are a bit more formidable than their record suggests. Regardless, the Cavs are a team that the Warriors match up well with, and should prove to be a game the W’s should win; although there are no games you should win in the NBA, only games you’ve got to take (Coach Smart dropping knowledge bombs). After Cleveland, Golden State will play a back-to-back as they travel to Newark on Wednesday to take on the New Jersey Nets (19-43) at the Prudential Center. With their recent acquisition of All-Star point guard Deron Williams, they too are a team that is better than it’s record suggests, but how will their recent trip to London affect their play state-side?
The Warriors finally head back to Oracle on Friday to square off with the formidable Orlando Magic (40-23). This should prove to be a rather stiff test for the Warriors, who are mightily outsized against the possible MVP candidate Dwight Howard. I’ll be at this game and I’m sure it’s going to get hyphy at Oracle Arena this Friday. The Last game of the week is against the Minnesota Timberwolves (15-49) and will also be in Oakland. Will Kevin Love hold the all time record for consecutive double-doubles by Sunday? It’s highly likely. Will he have another double-double against the Warriors? I really hope not. I’ll be at this game as well, I’ll see what kind of anti-rebounding hex I can come up with to try to stop him.
Should be another exciting week of Golden State Warriors basketball, let’s rack up some wins!
Currently sitting eight games under .500 with only 20 games left in the regular season, the Golden State Warriors were in dire need of some road wins on their longest trip of the season away from Oracle. Unfortunately they found that easier said than done over the past week.
The Warriors are 1-4 on their road trip so far, and it hasn't been too pretty to watch. It started in Minnesota against the Timberwolves, where Steph Curry dropping 33 and 11 boards was eclipsed by another monster double-double by Kevin Love (37 points, 23 rebounds) eventually keeping the Warriors at bay by a score of 126-123. Monta Ellis had the ball with only seconds left, but couldn't hit his runner in the lane to take the lead late in the fourth, starting the road trip with a definitive sour taste in the team's mouth. From here it was on to Conseco Field House to take on the Indiana Pacers, and it was a shootout from start to finish, although the Warriors couldn't get the win by a score of 109-100. Reggie Williams had 25 points from the bench this game, which helped keep it close despite a meager 13 point performance by Monta on 5-17 shooting form the floor, without a single 3-pointer. Two games on the road, two losses in the books.
Golden State then traveled to our nation's capital to face the Washington Wizards where they got their only win of the trip thus far, 106-102. In rookie Ekpe Udoh's first start of the season, the W's let a 20 point third quarter lead dwindle down to three, but won the game by out rebounding the Wizards 54-40 and getting to the free throw line 34 times, two things the W's rarely do well. Unfortunately the high from the win in Washington was immediately quelled by a trip to visit the Boston Celtics at TD Garden. The Warriors fought with the C's the whole game, yet David Lee's 26 points and 12 boards against Kevin Garnett and Monta's 41 point explosion were not enough to topple the reigning Eastern Conference Champions, eventually losing 107-104. That's one up, three down for those keeping track at home.
From Boston the Warriors traveled to the city of brotherly love, where they found little to none of it against the Philadelphia 76ers. It took a triple-double from Andre Iguodala and five minutes of overtime for the Sixers to eventually beat the W's 125-117, which sent the team from disappointment to frustration as proved by head coach Keith Smart. The Warriors have moved in the opposite direction since the All-Star break ended, and with a record of 8-22 on the road this year and 11 of the last 20 games away from Oracle, you can almost hear the fat lady warming up her pipes about the W's season off in the distance.
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