Playing the back end of a back-to-back, the Warriors will continue their road trip on Wednesday when they visit the Washington Wizards. This seasons first meeting between the two teams will tip off at 4 p.m. and be broadcast on CSN Bay Area (HD) and KNBR 1050.
The Warriors were one of the hottest teams in the NBA heading into All-Star Weekend, but theyve lost their swagger since returning from the long layoff. Golden State has lost each of its last four games, most recently a 109-100 loss to the Pacers on Tuesday. What plagued the Warriors in Indiana is the same thing that has hurt them for the last week inconsistency. The team has had stretches where it could seemingly do no wrong, but lately thats been overshadowed by stretches of futility in which they cant get a defensive stop when its needed most.
After a sluggish first quarter on Tuesday, the Warriors raised their intensity level on defense and proceeded to go on a 21-1 run. Unfortunately, Golden State could not maintain that momentum, though that was no fault of Reggie Williams. The back-up guard came off the bench and keyed that second-quarter run, and his hot shooting in the fourth quarter kept the Warriors in the game. Williams made five of his seven three-point attempts and he scored 13 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter. Playing for the second time in as many nights, the Warriors will need another strong performance from their bench, and no player is more key in that reserve unit than the second-year lefty out of VMI.
In addition to Williams, the Warriors will need Monta Ellis to bounce back from his current funk. The Warriors guard is the seventh leading scorer in the NBA but hes cracked the 20-point barrier just once in his last four games. If he can get back on track, theres no question that the team will benefit, as success from Ellis will open the game up for several of his teammates.
Trying to keep that from happening will be a Wizards team that has lost each of its last six games. Though Washington has just 15 wins on the season, the team can be tough at home, and it all starts with John Wall. The rookie guard averages 15.4 points and 9.0 assists per game, and containing him will be key to the Warriors ending their current losing skid.
Following Wednesdays game, the Warriors will play the Celtics on Friday, and fans are invited to get together and watch the game at the Warriors Road Viewing Party at Raleighs in Berkeley. From there, the Warriors will wrap up their longest road trip of the season with games against Philadelphia, Cleveland and New Jersey. The Warriors will then come home to host Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic on Friday, March 11, and Kevin Love and the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday, March 13, in a game that will feature another one of Jacks Box Office Specials.
Get a behind-the-scenes look at the experiences of Stephen Curry and Dorell Wright at NBA All-Star Weekend 2011 in Los Angeles in the All-Star Weekend Blog, complete with videos, photos and recaps of the Skills Challenge, Three-Point Contest and Rookie Challenge.
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