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.
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. 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.
At Home: 6-6 On Road: 4-12
VS. West: 7-13 VS. East: 3-5
Won 1 At Home: Lost 1 On Road: Won 1
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