The Warriors were handed a difficult task on New Years Day in Miami, and it wont get much easier on Monday when they visit the Orlando Magic. The fourth contest of a five-game road trip will tip off at 4 p.m. and be broadcast on CSN Bay Area (HD) and KNBR 1050.
The first of two meetings between the two teams, the Warriors will go into Mondays contest looking to get back on the winning track after suffering a 114-107 loss to the Heat on Saturday. Golden State put together its best half of the season in that contest, building a 20-point lead in the second quarter thanks to some stellar shooting. The Warriors made 10 of their first 12 three-point attempts and shot 63.6 percent in the first half, but Miami tightened up its defense and the Warriors shots stopped falling, allowing the Heat to get back in the game.
If the Warriors can revert to their form from Saturday nights first half, they can beat anybody. Not only were they effective at putting the ball in the basket, they also shared the ball well, limited their turnovers, out-hustled the Heat and showed activity on the defensive end. The team wont always shoot that high of a percentage from the field, but they can give themselves a chance to win by taking care of the small things.
One player who provides those intangibles is Dorell Wright. After spending the first six seasons of his NBA career as a reserve in Miami, Wright is flourishing with the Warriors. He had 30 points against his former team on Saturday and has been key in the teams recent stretch of four wins in six games. Hes made at least three three-pointers in five-straight games and is a legitimate weapon in an offense that already boasts proven threats in Monta Ellis, Stephen Curry and David Lee.
The Warriors will need to be clicking on all cylinders should they post their second win of the road trip on Monday. A re-stocked Orlando team with Jason Richardson, Gilbert Arenas and Hedo Turkoglu joining forces with Dwight Howard has the Magic riding a five-game winning streak. Orlando is certainly a contender in the Eastern Conference, but the Warriors offered further proof on Saturday that they can hold their own against the NBA elites.
Following Mondays game in Orlando, the Warriors will wrap up their road trip in New Orleans on Wednesday before coming back home to host the Cavaliers on Friday in a Family And Friends contest. Golden State will then visit the Clippers on Sunday before opening a five-game homestand against the Lakers on Wednesday, January 12.
With three days off before a recent road game, the Warriors kept busy not only at work at practice, but also in the community. Read the most recent warriors.com blog entry and see how Monta Ellis, Stephen Curry and Dorell Wright are brightening the holiday seasons for Bay Area families in need.
Injuries & Inactives:Warriors - David Lee (bruised lower back) is doubtful. Andris Biedrins (sprained left ankle) and Dan Gadzuric (left groin strain) are day-to-day. Magic - Malik Allen (sprained left ankle) and Quentin Richardson (flu-like symptons) are day-to-day. Daniel Orton (arthroscopic surgery, left knee) and Jason Williams (sore left foot) are out.
At Home: 8-6 On Road: 5-14
VS. West: 8-13 VS. East: 5-7
Lost 1 At Home: Won 2 On Road: Lost 1
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