Coming off of Tuesdays overtime thriller in Oklahoma City, the Warriors will complete the back end of a back-to-back on Wednesday against the Memphis Grizzlies. The second contest of a two-game road trip will tip off at 5 p.m. and be broadcast on CSN Bay Area (HD) and KNBR 1050.
The Warriors will head into Memphis looking to bounce back from Tuesdays 115-114 nail-biting loss to the Thunder. Golden State gave one of the top teams in the Western Conference all it could handle, but fell just short in the end. The Warriors overcame two double-digit deficits in the second half, the latter of which was completed by a pair of Warriors 3-pointers within the last 12 seconds of regulation. Despite the defeat, several Warriors had strong performances. Stephen Curry finished with 35 points, David Lee had 24 points and 15 rebounds and Monta Ellis had 20 points and 11 assists.
Ellis double-double was his third-straight, marking the first time in his career he has ever achieved that. In fact, during those three games Ellis has totaled 34 assists to just four turnovers. That kind of ratio is unheard of for elite point guards, let alone a player who ranks eighth in the NBA in scoring. Ellis has turned in the best season of his six-year NBA career, and if he can continue to play like he has over the last week, then theres little doubt that the Warriors will have a chance to win.
Equally important to how Ellis plays will be how the team reacts to a closely contested overtime game on the back end of a back-to-back. The Warriors only played eight players on Tuesday, and each member of the starting five logged more than 39 minutes. Fatigued legs will likely be a factor for the Warriors, so the team will need strong contributions from players like Al Thornton, Reggie Williams and Lou Amundson.
Trying to take advantage of a possibly weary Warriors team will be a Memphis squad that is currently in position to make the Western Conference playoffs. The Grizzlies have won four out of their last five games and are currently two games in front of the Rockets for eighth place in the West. Even though Rudy Gay is out for the season with a shoulder injury, Memphis has proved to be quite capable with players like Zach Randolph, Mike Conley and Marc Gasol. Wednesdays match-up will certainly be a challenge for the Warriors, but the team should have a chance to win the game if they play like they did on Tuesday.
Following Wednesday's game, the Warriors will come back home to host the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday in a Family and Friends contest at Oracle Arena. From there, the Warriors will travel to Portland to face the Trail Blazers on Tuesday before hosting Kobe Bryant and the Lakers on Wednesday, April 6.
Injuries:Warriors - Andris Biedrins (sprained left ankle) and Acie Law (bone spurs, right wrist) are out. Grizzlies - Rudy Gay (left shoulder subluxation) and Xavier Henry (right knee soreness) are out. Jason Williams (low back soreness) and Sam Young (sprained right ankle) are day-to-day.
At Home: 23-14 On Road: 9-29
VS. West: 17-28 VS. East: 15-15
Lost 1 At Home: Won 2 On Road: Lost 7
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