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Warriors-Trail Blazers Gametime Preview - 12/25/10
Saturday, Dec. 25, 2010 - 7:30 p.m.
Oracle Arena
Oakland, CA


TV: ESPN & CSN Bay Area (HD)
Radio: KNBR 680

Promotions:
Family & Friends Offer
First 19,000 fans receive FREE
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Deck the halls with Warriors basketball! The Golden State Warriors will host the Portland Trail Blazers on Christmas night and the whole nation will be watching. Bring your family and friends to the game and receive a hot dog, soda and bag of chips with every ticket purchased. Packages are available in the lower level and Club 200 with savings of up to $66. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m. at Oracle Arena, and fans unable to attend the game can follow the action on ESPN, CSN Bay Area (HD) and KNBRR 680.

Saturdays holiday match-up will mark the second meeting between the Warriors and Trail Blazers in the last week. Last Saturday in Portland, Golden State trailed by 15 points in the fourth quarter before staging a big-time comeback. The Warriors trimmed that deficit down to one but a last-second shot from Monta Ellis was off the mark in a 96-95 defeat that the Warriors will surely like to avenge on Christmas.

That shot was about the only thing that has gone wrong for Ellis in recent games. The sixth-year guard has averaged 35.0 points, 6.3 assists and 2.8 steals over the last four games, and hes showing no signs of slowing down. Through this seasons first 28 games, Ellis has unquestionably been the teams MVP. He ranks fourth in the NBA in scoring (25.6 points per game), second in steals (2.43 spg) and first in minutes (40.4 mpg). Fans might want to take those numbers into account when they vote for this seasons All-Star starters.

Ellis again had a breakthrough performance during Tuesdays thrilling victory in Sacramento, scoring nine of his 36 points in overtime. But the Warriors wouldnt have even made it to overtime if it werent for Vladimir Radmanovic, who forced the extra period by knocking down a game-tying 3-pointer as time expired in the fourth quarter. Radmanovic, who scored 13 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter, was key in the Warriors coming back from a 16-point deficit in the fourth quarter, and the Warriors will need those types of performances from him and others coming off the bench should they maintain this momentum.

While the Warriors have certainly proved they can come back from large deficits, theyd be well-suited to not fall behind big in the games early going. With three days to prepare for Saturdays date with Portland, the coaching staff is sure to be preparing a game plan to do just that.

Following Saturdays holiday match-up with the Blazers, the Warriors will remain at home for another Family & Friends contest against the 76ers on Monday. From there, the Warriors will embark on a five-game road trip that will bring them into the New Year. The trip opens in Atlanta on Wednesday and continues through Charlotte, Miami, Orlando and New Orleans. The Warriors will then return home for a game against the Cavaliers on Friday, January 7.

EXTRA NOTES:
The Warriors Holiday Gift Guide has something for every Warriors fan on your list this holiday season Upload your own photos and create a special Warriors Holiday E-Card featuring your family and friends The 2011 Warrior Girl Swimsuit Calendar is now on sale, and members of the beautiful and talented dance squad will be at the Warriors Team Store at Oracle Arena on December 21, 22 and 23 to sign your copy of the calendar ... This season's All-Star Ballot has been released. Vote for Andris Biedrins, Stephen Curry, Monta Ellis and David Lee to represent the Warriors at the NBA's 2011 All-Star Game in Los Angeles ... The Warriors' annual Season of Giving has begun, and on December 16 Monta Ellis and Stephen Curry provided boxes of food for 800 Bay Area families in need ... The Warriors new ownership group headed by Joe Lacob and Peter Guber tipped off a media tour last month. Watch video of all of their recent TV appearances by clicking here.

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 (Dec. 27) 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.

BLOG SQUAD:
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.

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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.
Trail Blazers - Greg Oden (left knee) and Elliot Williams (right knee) are out. Marcus Camby (right shoulder), Dante Cunningham (right ankle), Joel Przybilla (left ankle) and Brandon Roy (left knee) are questionable.



RECORD:

OVERALL: 10-18

At Home: 6-6
On Road: 4-12

VS. West: 7-13
VS. East: 3-5

CURRENT STREAK:
Won 1
At Home: Lost 1
On Road: Won 1
LEADERS:
(Per Game)

Points:
Monta Ellis - 25.6

Rebounds:
David Lee - 10.1

Assists:
Stephen Curry - 5.6

Minutes:
Monta Ellis - 40.4
VS. PORTLAND

CURRENT STREAK:

Lost 1

THIS SEASON:
0-1

12/18/10: L, 95-96
COMING UP

_vs. Philadelphia
...Dec. 27 - 7:30 p.m.
...
Family & Friends Offer
...TV: CSN (HD)
...Radio: KNBR 680

_at Atlanta
...Dec. 29 - 4:00 p.m.
...TV: CSN (HD)
...Radio: KNBR 680

_at Charlotte
...Dec. 31 - 12:00 p.m.
...TV: CSN (HD)
...Radio: KNBR 680
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