After a three-day break from game action, the Warriors will resume their homestand on Thursday against the Milwaukee Bucks . A Beat The Bucks Night offer will be in place for this contest, allowing fans to save on seats in the Lower Level and Club 200. Tickets start at just $15 and include a voucher good for a free Little Buck tri-tip sandwich from Buckhorn Grill. Fans attending this game will see the Warriors sporting the classic uniforms from the 1974-75 Championship season as part of the first Hardwood Classics Night of the season, and those unable to attend the game can still follow the action live on CSN Bay Area (HD) and KNBR 680.
The Warriors will head into Thursdays match-up looking to pick up from where they left off on Sunday. Playing in front of a nationally televised audience, Golden State got off to a hot start and rode that momentum to a 96-81 victory over the Jazz. Monta Ellis had just two points in the game, but his teammates picked up for him. Stephen Curry had his second-straight game with 27 points, Andris Biedrins logged a double-double and Reggie Williams came off the bench and made all six of his shots.
Having different players step up has to be a positive sign for the Warriors. Ellis has carried the team for much of the season, but the fact that he had an off-night and the Warriors still posted a 15-point victory over a quality opponent has to give the team some confidence. Among those bringing their game to another level on Sunday was Lou Amundson, who had 11 rebounds and four blocks in 18 minutes. While he cant be expected to provide that type of efficiency on a game-by-game basis, he can provide that same energy and activeness. The same goes for Williams. He wont shoot 100 percent all the time, but if he makes an effort to asserts himself, he can always be a threat to score and thereby lessen the load for guys like Ellis, Curry and David Lee.
Trying to slow down the Warriors will be a Bucks team that will be wrapping up a three-game Pacific Division road trip. Before losing its last two games, Milwaukee had won three straight, but injuries and illness have taking their toll on this trip. Andrew Bogut sat out Wednesday's game in Phoenix with a right knee contusion, leaving Milwaukee very thin up front. However, former Warrior Corey Maggette has picked up his play as of late, averaging 19.1 points and 5.0 rebounds over the nine games heading into Wednesday's contest. In addition, the Bucks will be aided by point guard Brandon Jennings, who returned to action on Saturday after missing the prior 19 games due to a fracture in his left foot. Milwaukee isnt the most talented team on offense, but their defense allows the fourth fewest points in the NBA, so the Warriors will surely have their work cut out for them.
Following Thursdays game, the Warriors will continue their homestand against the Bulls on Saturday before hosting the Suns on Monday and the Nuggets on Wednesday, February 9. The Warriors will then play a road game in Phoenix on February 10 before coming back home for games against the Thunder (Feb. 13) and the Hornets (Feb. 15).
Monta Ellis ranks among the league leaders in several categories, but the praise from his peers might make for his best case to become a 2010-11 NBA All-Star. Read the most recent warriors.com blog entry and find out what Kobe Bryant and Phil Jackson are saying about the All-Star guard.
Injuries:Warriors - None. Bucks - Andrew Bogut (right knee contusion), Keyon Dooling (illness) and Larry Sanders (illness) are day-to-day. Drew Gooden (left foot plantar fasciitis) and Michael Redd (left ACL/MCL) are out.
At Home: 14-10 On Road: 6-17
VS. West: 12-18 VS. East: 8-9
Won 1 At Home: Won 1 On Road: Lost 2
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