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Warriors-Hawks Gametime Preview - 12/29/10
Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2010 - 4:00 p.m.
Philips Arena
Atlanta, GA


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

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Monta Ellis On Being Named Player of the Week

Enjoying their first three-game winning streak of the season, the Warriors will attempt to keep that momentum rolling as they open a five-game East Coast road trip on Wednesday in Atlanta. The first of two meetings this season between the Warriors and Hawks will tip off at 4 p.m., and fans will be able to follow the action live on CSN Bay Area (HD) and KNBR 680.

The Warriors used some strong perimeter shooting to notch their third-consecutive win on Monday, a 110-95 victory over the 76ers at Oracle Arena. Golden State made a season-high 15 three-pointers while shooting an impressive 65.2 percent (15-for-23) from long distance. Dorell Wright connected on five of those three-point shots, and he is now second in the NBA with 72 made threes. It was an overall efficient night for the first-year Warrior, who needed just 11 shots to score a game-high 28 points.

Monta Ellis didnt have his shot falling like Wright, but his imprint on the game was just as big. The reigning Western Conference Player of the Week, Ellis dropped 22 points and dished out a season-high 12 assists for his third double-double of the season and the 17th of his career. The team has been sharing the ball extremely well as of late, with 30-plus assists in each of the last two games. The Warriors cant always rely on being as effective from three-point range as they were on Monday, but they can give themselves plenty of good looks at the basket if they continue to move the ball on offense.

The Warriors have played some of their best basketball of the season over the last week, and its no coincidence that the team is approaching full health. Stephen Curry proved he is rounding into form with Mondays 17-point, eight-assist performance, David Lee is appearing to be less effected by his surgically repaired left elbow (21 points, 16 rebounds on Monday) and Ekpe Udoh has shown glimpses of his potential in recent games after missing the first part of the season due to left wrist surgery. Andris Biedrins and Dan Gadzuric remain day-to-day with their ailments, but its fair to say that the Warriors are approaching full strength and opponents might want to take notice.

Trying to stop Golden States winning streak will be an Atlanta team that has won each of its last eight home games. Like the Warriors, the Hawks have several weapons on offense. Six players average double figures in scoring, led by Joe Johnson with 17.3 points per game. However, it has been their defense that has fueled their success as of late, allowing just 85.3 points per game over their last six games. Should the Warriors open their road trip on a winning note, theyll have to pass a strong test in the Atlanta Hawks.

Following Wednesdays game in Atlanta, the Warriors will travel to Charlotte for a New Years Eve matinee match-up with the Bobcats. From there, Golden State will continue its trip through Miami, Orlando and New Orleans before coming back home to host the Cavaliers on Friday, January 7, in a Family And Friends contest.

EXTRA NOTES:
The Warriors have assigned Jeremy Lin to the Reno Bighorns of the NBA Development League on Friday The Warriors announced the hiring of Lloyd Pierce as an assistant coach on Friday 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 ... Ellis was recently named the Western Conference Player of the Week ... The Warriors' annual Season of Giving has begun, and on December 22 the Warriors hosted a Holiday Party for 20 kids from the Make-A-Wish Foundation ... The 2011 Warrior Girl Swimsuit Calendar is now on sale.

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 Tuesday (Jan. 4) at 7 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 a recent road game, 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) and Dan Gadzuric (left groin strain) are day-to-day.
Hawks - None.



RECORD:

OVERALL: 12-18

At Home: 8-6
On Road: 4-12

VS. West: 8-13
VS. East: 4-5

CURRENT STREAK:
Won 3
At Home: Won 2
On Road: Won 1
LEADERS:
(Per Game)

Points:
Monta Ellis - 25.9

Rebounds:
David Lee - 10.2

Assists:
Stephen Curry - 6.0

Minutes:
Monta Ellis - 40.7
VS. ATLANTA

CURRENT STREAK:

Lost 1

THIS SEASON:
0-0
2009-10 Season:

2/21/10: W, 108-104
3/5/10: L, 122-127
COMING UP

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

_at Miami
...Jan. 1 - 4:30 p.m.
...TV: CSN (HD)
...Radio: KNBR 680

_at Orlando
...Jan. 3 - 4:00 p.m.
...TV: CSN (HD)
...Radio: KNBR 1050
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