Playing the back end of a back-to-back, the Warriors will visit the Utah Jazz on Wednesday in the final game before NBA All-Star Weekend. The Western Conference showdown will tip off at 6 p.m. and be broadcast on CSN Bay Area (HD) and KNBR 1050.
Wednesdays game will mark the fourth and final meeting of the season between Golden State and Utah, and the Warriors have won two of the first three. Most recently, the Warriors posted a 96-81 victory over the Jazz on Jan. 30, although Utah was without All-Star guard Deron Williams in that contest. Repeating that result will be a difficult task, as Salt Lake City is typically a tough place to play for Jazz opponents. However, the Warriors are playing some of their best basketball of the season. They have won six of their last eight games, and five of those victories came against teams with winning records.
Golden States latest victory came on Tuesday night at the expense of the New Orleans Hornets. The Warriors got off to a slow start and trailed by as many as 15 points before they rallied to a 102-89 triumph. Vladimir Radmanovic, Jeremy Lin and Charlie Bell fueled the games turnaround, and the Warriors were able to close out the second quarter on a 32-14 run that put the game in their favor. Monta Ellis had a game-high 21 points, David Lee and Dorell Wright each had 16 points, and Stephen Curry tallied 14 points on 5-of-5 shooting to go along with eight assists.
However, if it wasnt for the Warriors bench effort, they probably would be looking to get back on the winning track on Wednesday, as opposed to going for their third-straight win. Contributions from the reserve unit will likely be important against the Jazz, as Salt Lake Citys altitude combined with playing on consecutive nights can take a lot out of the starters legs.
Like the Warriors, the Jazz will be playing for the second time in as many days after suffering a one-point loss in Phoenix. That loss was the third-straight for Utah, so theyll be hungry to get back in the win column in front of their home fans. Despite the teams recent struggles, the Jazz still present a number of problems for opponents with All-Star guard Deron Williams leading the way, not to mention the talented frontcourt duo of Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap. But the Warriors have beaten the Jazz twice already this season, and the team would like nothing more than to do so again and enter NBA All-Star Weekend on a three-game winning streak.
Following Wednesdays game, the Warriors will enjoy nearly a week off before returning to action on Tuesday, February 22, to host the Celtics . The Warriors will then take on the Hawks in a Family and Friends contest at Oracle Arena 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. Jazz - Raja Bell (strained left calf) and Ronnie Price (sprained right big toe) are game-time decisions. Andrei Kirilenko and (sprained right ankle) Mehmet Okur (strained lower back) are out.
At Home: 19-11 On Road: 6-18
VS. West: 15-20 VS. East: 10-9
Won 2 At Home: Won 3 On Road: Lost 3
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