Eighteen of the Warriors next 22 games will be played at Oracle Arena including Wednesdays highly anticipated showdown against the Los Angeles Lakers and the home-heavy stretch opens on Friday against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night. Bring your family and friends to the game and receive a hot dog, soda and bag of chips with every ticket purchased. Packages are available in the lower level and Club 200 with savings of up to $33 for each ticket purchased. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m., and fans unable to attend the game can follow the action live on CSN Bay Area (HD) and KNBR 680.
The Warriors have to feel good about themselves heading into Friday nights match-up. Not only did the team finish a 2-3 road trip with a comeback win over the Hornets on Wednesday, but it is also fully healthy for the first time in nearly three years. Wednesdays game in New Orleans marked the first time since April of 2008, a span of 202 games, that the Warriors did not have a single player out due to injury or illness. Starting center Andris Biedrins, who had missed nine games with a sprained ankle, is still playing himself into game shape, but the fact that hes back will be huge for the Warriors in the weeks ahead.
The Warriors are 8-6 at home this season, and theres no question that the team will be looking to improve upon that mark on Friday. The Oracle Arena faithful have recently begun chanting M-V-P for Monta Ellis, and while that might be a little far-fetched, there is no question that he is worthy of All-Star consideration. Ellis offered further proof of that on Wednesday when he scored 12 of his game-high 29 points in the fourth quarter, helping the Warriors come back from a 10-point deficit to start the final period. Ellis, who ranks third in the NBA in scoring with 25.4 points per game, will be counted on heavily as the team looks to make a push now that the roster is fully healthy.
Helping the Warriors make that push will be Ekpe Udoh. After sitting out the first 22 games to recover from left wrist surgery, the sixth pick in the 2010 NBA Draft is getting better on a game-by-game basis. Hes already proven himself as a quality interior defender, and on offense he gives the team a back-to-the-basket threat that the team hasnt seen in a few years. As Udohs game grows, so too will the number in the Warriors win column.
Winners of five of their last eight games, the Warriors will look to keep their momentum rolling against a Cleveland team that has lost eight-straight games. Despite their poor record, Cleveland has a formidable front line that includes former Warrior Antawn Jamison, J.J. Hickson and Anderson Varejao. Jamison leads Cleveland with 16.1 points per game, and you can be sure that he and his Cleveland teammates will be hungry for a win as they open a five-game Western Conference road trip.
Following Friday's game, the Warriors will briefly return to the road for a game against the Clippers on Sunday before this season's Bay Area debut of the Lakers on Wednesday, January 12. A limited number of tickets are still available for this contest, and fans wanting the best value on this game can purchase a Holiday Hoops Mini-Plan. The game against the Lakers will open a five-game homestand, which also includes match-ups with the Clippers (Jan. 14), Nets (Jan. 17), Pacers (Jan. 19) and Kings (Jan. 21).
With All-Star balloting under way, we figured now would be a good time to go over the All-Star credentials of some of the Warriors. Read the most recent warriors.com blog entry and see why Monta Ellis, Stephen Curry, David Lee and Andris Biedrins are worthy of your All-Star consideration.
Injuries & Inactives:Warriors - None. Cavaliers - Joey Graham (right quad strain), Daniel Gibson (left ankle sprain) and Leon Powe (right knee contusion) are out. Anthony Parker (low back strain) and Anderson Varejao (left ankle sprain) are questionable.
At Home: 8-6 On Road: 6-15
VS. West: 9-13 VS. East: 5-8
Won 1 At Home: Won 2 On Road: Won 1
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