The NBA adopted the slogan Where Amazing Happens for the 2007-08 season, and nowhere has that sentiment rung more true than ORACLE Arena over the last two weeks. Twenty-point comebacks, record-breaking crowds and game-winning shots in the final seconds have made Warriors basketball one of the hottest tickets in the NBA, and Fridays contest against the Atlanta Hawks will be no exception.
The Warriors will come into Fridays contest on the heels of one of their more impressive victories of the season. Playing in front of a franchise-record crowd of 20,711, the largest crowd to ever watch a basketball game in California, Golden State beat the Boston Celtics, 119-117, on Baron Davis game-winning jumper with 0.3 seconds left.
That win was huge for the Warriors on many fronts. Not only did they beat the team with the best record in the NBA, but they did so without Stephen Jackson, who sat out the game with a sprained left ankle. Wednesday marked the first game the co-captain missed since his seven-game suspension, during which the Warriors went 1-6, to open the season.
The news was not all good for the Warriors the day after their victory, however. On Thursday night, Andris Biedrins underwent a successful appendectomy and will be sidelined indefinitely. For video of Don Nelson speaking about Biedrins' status during Thursday's practice,
click here. And for more videos from Thursday's practice, check out the multimedia area on the right of the page. On Friday, Warriors Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Chris Mullin discussed the Biedrins situation and much more on the KNBR Morning Show with Brian Murphy and Paul McCaffrey. To listen to the interview, click here.
Fridays match-up with the Hawks will feature a pair of teams in similar positions, yet under remarkably different circumstances. Each team is entrenched in a playoff race that likely wont be decided until the final days of the regular season. Atlanta is currently in ninth place in the Eastern Conference, just one game out of the final playoff spot. The Warriors, also in ninth place, are just a half-game behind the eighth seed and only five games out of first place in the tightly-packed Western Conference.
For the Warriors to win on Friday, theyll need to take advantage of an Atlanta team that has lost six-straight games and is still getting used to playing with Mike Bibby, who was acquired by the Hawks on Saturday in a multi-player trade with Sacramento.
Following Fridays contest with the Hawks, Golden State will have three days off before hosting Kevin Durant and the Seattle SuperSonics on Tuesday. The Warriors will then close out their five-game homestand against the Philadelphia 76ers and the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday, Feb. 29, and Sunday, March 2, respectively.
Fans can now guarantee a seat to see the Warriors in the 2008 NBA Playoffs by joining the Playoff Priority List ... Check out the latest version of Warriors Weekly Notes by clicking here ... Don Nelson and Chris Mullin were named as finalists for induction to the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame To read warriors.coms feature story on C.J. Watson, click here Stephen Jackson will make a special appearance at an El Cerrito Lucky Store on February 27 ... The Warriors have recently surpassed the Utah Jazz as the NBA-leader in new season ticket sales for the 2007-08 season. Golden State has sold more than 5,600 new (full) season tickets for the 2007-08 campaign, which is the second most in NBA history, trailing only the 2004-05 Miami Heat.
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