Coming off of an impressive win on Friday night, the Warriors will return to action with a Martin Luther King, Junior Day matinee contest against the Nets on Monday. Take advantage of one of Jack’s Box Office Specials and get tickets for as little as $15, plus get a voucher for a free menu item at Jack in the Box with each ticket purchased. Please note the special tip-off time of 1 p.m. for this contest, which will be broadcast live on CSN Bay Area (HD) and KNBR 1050. Fans in attendance are encouraged to take part in the Ross Read To Achieve Book Drive.
The Warriors will head into this season’s lone home game vs. the Nets looking to pick up where they left off on Friday. Golden State shot 52.4 percent from the field, 53.8 percent from three-point range and had assists on 29 of their 43 made field goals during a 122-112 victory over the Clippers. Los Angeles had won eight of its last 11 games, but the Warriors came ready to play in front of another spirited crowd at Oracle Arena.
One of the most encouraging signs from Friday’s win was how the Warriors closed out the game. Although the team has struggled to make plays in crunch time this season, the opposite proved true against the Clippers. With the score tied at 106-106 in the fourth quarter, Vladimir Radmanovic ignited a game-changing 10-0 Warriors run with three-pointers on back-to-back possessions. The Warriors are growing as a team, and being able to make plays when your back is against the wall – the Clippers had rallied from an eight-point deficit to start the period – will be a necessity should the Warriors enter the playoff picture this season.
While there is a long way to go to even entertain the idea of the postseason, the pieces are certainly in place to make a run. Monta Ellis is continuing to play like an All-Star – 30-plus points in three of the last four games, Stephen Curry and David Lee are back to playing at a high level after undergoing their respective injuries and the team is in the midst of a 20-game stretch in which they play 17 games at home. The Warriors are 10-7 at Oracle Arena this season, and with each of the next three home games against opponents with losing records, the team is certainly capable of posting a few more victories, especially if it plays like it did on Friday night.
Trying to interrupt the Warriors’ progress will be a Nets team that has been in the news lately for its pursuit of Carmelo Anthony. Whether or not they land the perennial All-Star is to be determined, but the team as is has lost 10 of its last 11 games and will be wrapping up a four-game West Coast road trip on Monday. Despite their struggles this season, New Jersey does have a legitimate weapon in Brook Lopez. The third-year center has posted two-straight 30-point efforts and leads the team with 18.9 points per game. Should the Warriors contain Lopez, they should have a solid chance at their second-straight victory.
Following Monday’s matinee, the Warriors will host the Pacers on Wednesday, and fans can enjoy half-off all remaining tickets, courtesy of Esurance. Golden State will then close out its homestand against the Kings on Friday in a Family and Friends contest at Oracle Arena in which fans can save up to $33 per ticket on a package that includes a hot dog, soda and bag of chips with each ticket purchased. From there, the Warriors will play a road game against the Clippers on Saturday before playing the first of eight-straight games at home on January 24th against the Spurs .
This season's All-Star Ballot has been released. Vote for Andris Biedrins, Stephen Curry, Monta Ellis and David Lee to represent the Warriors at the NBA's 2011 All-Star Game in Los Angeles ... Stephen Curry has recently been named a finalist for the Jefferson Awards for Public Service ... The 2011 Warrior Girl Swimsuit Calendar is now on sale.
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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.