After hanging on to a victory on Wednesday, the Warriors will look to make it two in a row on Friday when they visit the Boston Celtics. The second and final meeting of the season between the two teams will tip off at 4:30 p.m. and be broadcast on CSN Bay Area (HD) and KNBR 1050.
This is sure to be a big game for the Warriors, and fans are invited to watch it at Raleigh’s in Berkeley for the Warriors Road Viewing Party. Meet the Warrior Girls, win prizes and enjoy drink specials at this admission-free event, which will begin at 4 p.m. For more event details and directions to Raleigh’s, click here.
The Warriors will head into Friday’s match-up looking to build off the momentum of Wednesday’s 106-102 victory over the Wizards. After suffering back-to-back losses to open their seven-game road trip, Wednesday’s win was extremely important for the Warriors, and no player came up bigger than Stephen Curry. The second-year guard tallied 29 points, nine rebounds and five assists on the night, and his late free throws put the game away after Washington mounted a comeback in the closing minutes.
While the Warriors were certainly pleased with the win, they’ll need to tighten a few things up as they take one of the top teams in the NBA on Friday. Too often this season, the Warriors have played two or three quarters of good basketball, only to fall apart for minutes or quarters at a time. That was the case in Golden State’s last meeting with Boston on February 22. The game was tied at the half and the Warriors trailed by just four points with nine minutes to go, but the Warriors shot just 30 percent from the field in the second half and the Celtics went on to win by 22 points.
Golden State will need to do a better job of playing consistently well over four quarters, but that won’t be easy against a Boston team that has the best record in the Eastern Conference. Rajon Rondo, Ray Allen, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett were each All-Stars this season, and they are perhaps even more impressive on defense than they are on offense. Should the Warriors pull off an upset, they’ll need to push the tempo as much as possible and force turnovers at a high rate. The Warriors have proved they can play with the Celtics in the past, but now they just have to do it for four quarters.
Following Friday’s game, the Warriors will head to Philadelphia to take on the 76ers on Sunday. From there, the Warriors will wrap up their longest road trip of the season with a back-to-back set in Cleveland and New Jersey on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively. 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 Jack’s Box Office Specials.
The Warriors signed free agent forward Al Thornton on Thursday ... As part of his 'Winning Voices' series, Warriors Co-Owner Peter Guber sat down with Stephen Curry to discuss the second-year guard's personal story regarding his journey to the NBA … Warriors Co-Owner Joe Lacob spoke to Season Ticket Holders on Friday during a Fan Forum Teleconference. Watch video of the event by clicking here ... The Warriors signed Jeff Adrien to a contract on Friday ... The Warriors and Troy Murphy have reached an agreement on a contractual buy-out. Following the agreement, the Warriors placed Murphy on waivers ... Lacob and Guber provide an inside look at the organization in the Owner's Box on warriors.com. Send them an e-mail and see if your question is answered in the next entry ... Meet current and former Warriors players at the Warriors Bake Sale, presented by Lucky Supermarkets, on Saturday, March 12 ... Stephen Curry has recently been named a finalist for the Jefferson Awards for Public Service.
WARRIORS WEEKLY TV AND RADIO SHOWS:
Full-length segments of the Warriors Weekly TV Show are available by clicking here, and be sure to catch the next episode on Monday (March 7) at 6:30 p.m. on CSN Bay Area ... The Warriors Weekly Radio Show typically airs on Thursday nights at 9 p.m. on KNBR 680. Listen to past shows by clicking here.
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.