Over the last few weeks, the Warriors have made a habit of taking down playoff caliber teams at home, and they will look for that trend to continue when they host the New Orleans Hornets on Tuesday. The final meeting of the season between the two teams will mark another Hardwood Classics Night at Oracle Arena, and fans can save on seats in the Lower Level and Club 200 and get tickets for as little as $20. As part of the Hardwood Classics celebration, the Warriors will honor their history with a special tribute to the late Franklin Mieuli, the former owner of the team, and also wear replica uniforms from the 1974-75 Championship season, when Mieuli owned the team. Tuesdays tip-off is set for 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.
The Warriors will head into Tuesdays match-up looking to build off the momentum created in Sundays victory over the Thunder. Golden State put together one of its finest performances of the season in that game, as the team out-rebounded Oklahoma City 47-33, held the Thunder to just two offensive rebounds and had just eight turnovers to their 20. Monta Ellis had 33 points and seven assists, which has almost become the standard for the kind of season that he has had so far, and Stephen Curry took his game to another level. He had 23 points and dished out 13 assists while not issuing a single turnover. In addition to running the offense, he also contained All-Star guard Russell Westbrook on defense.
This game by far was his best game hes had this season, Ellis said after the game.
Curry was so impressive that he nearly overshadowed a monster game from David Lee, who had 23 points and 19 rebounds. Of course, Sundays numbers wont mean a thing come tip-off time on Tuesday, but it can provide a blueprint for further success. The Warriors played four quarters of quality basketball, and they did the dirty work in the paint throughout. When they take on the Hornets on Tuesday, they must do the same thing.
While the Warriors will look to keep things rolling on Tuesday, the Hornets would like to get some momentum started. New Orleans has lost seven of its last nine games, although they did beat the Magic in Orlando last week. Despite their recent struggles, All-Star point guard Chris Paul still has the team in fifth place in the Western Conference.
The Warriors and Hornets have split their first two games of the season, with each team winning on the road. New Orleans won the most recent match-up on January 26, a game that saw the Warriors commit 21 turnovers that led to 30 points for New Orleans. If the Warriors can keep their turnovers to a minimum and have a strong game on the glass like they did on Sunday, then the Hornets could be the fifth playoff team in the last two-and-a-half weeks to lose at Oracle Arena.
Following Tuesdays game, the Warriors will play the back end of a back-to-back in Utah on Wednesday in the final game before NBA All-Star Weekend. The Warriors will then return to action on Tuesday, February 22nd, to host the Celtics and the Hawks on February 25 before opening a seven-game road trip in Minnesota on February 27.
Injuries:Warriors - Lou Amundson (back spasms) and Acie Law (sprained right wrist) are doubtful. Monta Ellis (sprained left thumb) is
probable. Hornets - Quincy Pondexter (sprained right ankle and conjunctivitis) is questionable. Emeka Okafor (left oblique strain) is out.
At Home: 18-11 On Road: 6-18
VS. West: 14-20 VS. East: 10-9
Won 1 At Home: Won 2 On Road: Lost 3
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