Dorell Wright and the Oakland Fire Department are asking fans attending this game to drop off a new, unwrapped toy at the donation bins on hand at Oracle Arena and help put a smile on a child's face this holiday season. For more on the Warriors Toy Drive, click here. Fans not in attendance can catch the game live on ESPN, CSN Bay Area (HD) and KNBR 680.
The Warriors will enter Friday's game hungry for a victory after dropping all three of the games on its most recent road trip. Golden State suffered a 111-94 defeat on Wednesday night in San Antonio despite a career night from Reggie Williams. The second-year swingman scored a career-high 31 points, nailing 8-of-10 three-pointers on the night. Willams was doing his best to fill the shoes of Stephen Curry, who left the game in the second quarter with a sprained right ankle. X-rays taken were negative and an MRI exam on Thursday revealed the recurrence of the sprained ankle and that no new injury had been suffered. Heading into Friday's contest, Curry's condition is considered doubtful.
With Curry banged up, the signing of guard Acie Law becomes even more important. Law, who begins his second stint with the Warriors, started the season with Memphis but was waived on Saturday. He should provide added a depth in the backcourt, which is absolutely necessary considering the heavy minutes that Monta Ellis and Curry have been logging as of late. One other plus for Golden State will be the return of Ekpe Udoh. Golden State's 2010 first-round pick will be in uniform for Friday's game, and the Warriors forward is certainly anxious to take the court after being sidelined with left wrist surgery.
No matter who is on the floor, the Warriors know they have plenty to prepare for on Friday. Miami's much-publicized offseason has been the talk of the NBA this year, and the Heat have been under constant watch by fans, the media, coaches and fellow players. The game will be shown on ESPN in front of a national audience, and all eyes will be on Oakland.
With all of the hype surrounding the game, the Warriors must also focus on the task at hand. Miami boasts a potent trio in James, Wade and Bosh, but they have also proven to be beatable. A game plan must be in place to combat against all three players, plus Miami's complimentary pieces. Golden State knows that they have the ability to play with any team on any night, and this will be their chance to prove it.
Following Friday's game, the Warriors will make a quick trip to Utah to face the Jazz on Monday, December 13. Golden State will then return home the following day to host the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday, December 14. Enjoy 50 percent off on all remaining tickets for this contest, courtesy of Cache Creek Casino Resort, and enter a sweepstakes to win a free two-night stay at Cache Creek Casino Resort. For more information, click here.
Injuries & Inactives:Warriors - Stephen Curry (right ankle sprain) is doubtful. Rodney Carney (left ankle sprain) is questionable. Brandan Wright (lower back strain) is out. Heat - Mike Miller (right thumb) and Udonis Haslem (left foot) are out.
At Home: 5-4 On Road: 3-10
VS. West: 5-10 VS. East: 3-4
Lost 5 At Home: Lost 4 On Road: Lost 3
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