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Posted Jan 14 2007 5:20PM
The Golden State Warriors are hurting, and unable to take advantage of playing at home.
They'll try to turn things around when they host the Los Angeles Clippers in the opener of a home-and-home series Monday.
The division rivals are meeting for the first time this season. Wednesday's game marks the start of a five-game homestand for the Clippers.
Golden State would like to take advantage of its own homestand. The Warriors have lost the first two games of the stretch at Oracle Arena after a six-game winning streak at the building.
The Warriors (18-20) have lost three straight overall following a 118-96 defeat to Miami on Friday. The Warriors, averaging 105.4 points on the season, failed to reach the 100-point mark for the second straight game.
Starting forward Mickael Pietrus sprained his left ankle in the first quarter of Friday's loss, while center Adonal Foyle sprained his right ankle later in the game. Golden State had only eight healthy players in uniform by the end of the contest.
"I'm seeing the same things you're seeing, and I agree with (the booing fans): It's uuuuugly," Warriors coach Don Nelson said. "Why? You can blame it on injuries, but the people who are getting opportunities aren't producing as much as they should."
Pietrus and Foyle are uncertain for Monday, though Pietrus said his injury wasn't as bad as he first thought.
Still, without a full lineup of players, the Warriors struggled to find offense against the Heat. Baron Davis had 21 points on 8-for-22 shooting, but backup forwards Mike Dunleavy and Troy Murphy combined for only 10 points on 4-for-13 shooting.
Davis blamed himself for the team's recent woes, saying off-court issues were affecting his focus. He missed a practice last week to tend to personal business in Los Angeles.
"I take full responsibility for where we've been headed as a ballclub, and a large part is mostly going through stuff I'd rather not talk about," Davis said. "I'm not able to separate that from the court. It's up to me to come back and work through things. ... I have a job, and I have to give my teammates 100 percent of me, and I haven't been doing that."
This is the only road contest in a six-game stretch for the Clippers, who lost 104-92 at home to Cleveland on Saturday. Los Angeles (17-20) had won consecutive games before that, but allowed 100 points or more for the just the second time in 10 games.
The Clippers are 1-14 when allowing at least 100 points this season.
"The game is reflected right in the stat sheet," Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy said after Saturday's loss. "Twenty-two points worth of turnovers just shot us in the foot. They are the best team in the East right now, so they hang around, build their confidence level and catch a run based on our poor shot selection and turnovers to give them a double-digit lead."
The Clippers had won seven straight over the Warriors until Golden State defeated them 88-81 in Oakland on Feb. 15 in the most recent meeting. Los Angeles, though, has won six of its last eight on the road against the Warriors.
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