The Warriors will go for their third-straight victory when they take on the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday. Share and save 50 percent on this contest and enjoy half-off all remaining tickets, courtesy of Esurance. The fourth contest of the Warriors’ five-game homestand will tip off at 7:30 p.m., and fans unable to attend the game will be able to follow the action live on CSN Bay Area (HD) and KNBR 680.
Winners of two straight, the Warriors will go into Wednesday’s contest looking to keep the momentum rolling after posting impressive wins over the Clippers on Friday and the Nets on Monday. There’s no question that the team is in a critical stretch of the season. With 10 of their next 11 games at home, the Warriors need to string together some victories now if they want to be part of the 2011 playoff picture. Following Monday’s slate of NBA action, the Warriors stood four games out of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference, and three teams stand between them and the eighth-place Portland Trail Blazers.
It’s a little early to be scoreboard watching, and all that the Warriors really need to focus on is playing good basketball. Of course, it starts with Monta Ellis, who is continuing to play like an All-Star. He’s now third in the NBA in scoring (25.7 ppg), but he can do much more than score points. He had nine assists on Monday and is second on the team in that category (5.6 apg). Ellis is also holding his own on defense, as he currently ranks third in the NBA in steals (2.28 spg).
While Ellis has been getting it done all season, one player who is just now beginning to come around is Andris Biedrins. The longest tenured Warriors player opened the season on a strong note, but a sprained left ankle caused him to miss nine games and it took him a few games to return to form. But over the last two games, Biedrins has displayed a back-to-the-basket game and a defensive presence in the paint. He tallied three blocks against the Nets and in the process he passed Clifford Ray to move into eighth place on the Warriors’ all-time career blocks (467) list. If Biedrins can provide consistent production, the Warriors become that much more of a complete team.
The Pacers will be the Warriors’ third-straight opponent with a losing record, but Indiana can be a dangerous team. Danny Granger leads the team with 21.2 points per game, and the Pacers are especially tough on defense. They are fourth in the NBA in opponent field goal percentage (.437) and allow just 98.0 points per game. Needless to say, the Warriors will need to knock down some shots should they extend their winning streak to three games.
After Wednesday’s contest, the Warriors will host their Northern California rival Sacramento Kings on Friday in a Family and Friends contest 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. The Warriors will then play a road game against the Clippers on Saturday before opening an eight-game homestand against the Spurs on Monday. Other upcoming home games include the Hornets (Jan. 26), the Bobcats (Jan. 28), the Jazz (Jan. 30), the Bucks (Feb. 3), the Bulls (Feb. 5), the Suns (Feb. 7) and the Nuggets (Feb. 9).
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.
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