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 Raleighs 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 Raleighs, click here.
The Warriors will head into Fridays match-up looking to build off the momentum of Wednesdays 106-102 victory over the Wizards. After suffering back-to-back losses to open their seven-game road trip, Wednesdays 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, theyll 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 States 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 wont 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, theyll 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 Fridays 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 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.
Injuries:Warriors - None. Celtics - Jermaine ONeal (sore left knee) and Shaquille ONeal (sore right leg) are out. Delonte West (sprained right ankle and Glen Davis (strained patella tendon, left knee) are day-to-day.
At Home: 19-13 On Road: 8-20
VS. West: 16-20 VS. East: 11-13
Won 1 At Home: Lost 2 On Road: Lost 2
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