The Warriors return home to host the Rockets on Monday at Oracle Arena. The third of four meetings this season between the Western Conference foes will feature a Jacks Box Office Special with tickets for as little as $15. The action is set to tip off at 7:30 p.m., and fans will be able to follow the action live on CSN Bay Area (HD) and KNBR 680.
Dorell Wright and the Oakland Fire Department are asking fans attending this game to bring a new, unwrapped toy and help put a smile on a child's face this holiday season. Everyone who participates in the Toy Drive will receive a Dorell Wright commemorative print! Click here for more details, including collection bin locations.
Golden State will enter Mondays match-up a little banged up. Stephen Curry has missed the last four games with a sprained right ankle, Andris Biedrins sat out Saturdays contest with a sprained left ankle and Dan Gadzuric strained his groin against the Blazers and did not return to action. Their status for Mondays match-up has yet to be determined, but we will keep you posted as updates become available.
No matter who takes the court for the Warriors, theyll need to put a full game together. The Warriors played some of their best basketball in the fourth period on Saturday, but their struggles over the first three quarters proved costly in their 96-95 loss to the Trail Blazers. Returning to Oracle Arena should certainly help the Warriors, as the energy provided by the home fans can certainly give the team the lift that it needs. Golden State is 6-5 at home this season and is poised to improve upon that mark.
What can be a key factor for the Warriors on Monday is the play of their reserves. Rodney Carney and Vladimir Radmanovic provided much-needed sparks off the bench in Portland, helping the team get back in the game after trailing by as many as 15 points in the second half. Returning from a sprained left foot, Carney had 10 points and three rebounds in 18 minutes, while Radmanovic logged nine points and four assists. Theres no question that the Warriors will be well served if those players can be effective on a regular basis. Players like Monta Ellis, David Lee, Stephen Curry (when healthy) and Dorell Wright often log heavy minutes for the Warriors, but strong bench play can lighten the load for the workhorses and possibly save their legs for the remainder of the season.
The Warriors bench will have another chance to prove their worth on Monday when they on a Rockets team that will be playing on the back end of a back-to-back after taking on the Kings on Sunday. Although injuries have sidelined Yao Ming and Aaron Brooks, Houston has proved to be a dangerous team as of late, with four wins in its last five games.
Following Mondays contest, the Warriors will make the quick trip to Sacramento to face the Kings on Tuesday before returning back home for Saturdays highly-anticipated Christmas night match-up against the Trail Blazers on Saturday. The nationally televised (ESPN) game will feature a Family & Friends special offer, which will allow fans to bring their family and friends to the game and receive a hot dog, soda and bag of chips with every ticket purchased. From there, the Warriors will host the 76ers on Monday in another Family & Friends contest.
With three days off before their game in Portland on Saturday, the Warriors kept busy not only at work at practice, but also in the community. Read the most recent warriors.com blog entry and see how Monta Ellis, Stephen Curry and Dorell Wright are brightening the holiday seasons for Bay Area families in need.
Injuries & Inactives:Warriors - Andris Biedrins (sprained left ankle), Stephen Curry (sprained right ankle) and Dan Gadzuric (left groin strain) are day-to-day. Brandan Wright (lower back strain) is out. Rockets - Yao Ming (stress fracture in left ankle) is out.
At Home: 6-5 On Road: 3-12
VS. West: 6-12 VS. East: 3-5
Lost 1 At Home: Won 1 On Road: Lost 5
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