The final Warriors game of 2010 will take place on Friday in a New Years Eve matinee against the Charlotte Bobcats. The second contest of a five-game road trip for the Warriors will tip off at 12 p.m. and be broadcast on CSN Bay Area (HD) and KNBR 680.
Perhaps no player is looking forward to Fridays match-up more than Stephen Curry. A Charlotte native, the second-year guard attended college at nearby Davidson. A large contingent of Curry supporters is sure to attend the game, one of whom will be sitting courtside. Dell Curry, Stephens father, played 16 seasons in the NBA and now provides color commentary for the Bobcats' television broadcasts. With the Warriors visiting Charlotte just once a year, this game is sure to be a special one for the Curry family. However, it will be important for the Warriors guard to keep within himself and not try and do too much. Curry is still recovering from a sprained ankle as well as an illness, and the Warriors will need him to be at full strength as soon as possible.
One player already at full strength is Dorell Wright. After spending the first six seasons of his NBA career as a reserve with Miami, the first-year Warriors forward has come into his own this season. Hes started all 31 games and lately has turned in some of the best efforts of his career. Wright had a career-high 32 points and 11 rebounds in Wednesdays loss in Atlanta and has knocked down 13 of 20 three-point attempts (65.0 percent) over the last three games. If Wright can continue to play at a high level, the Warriors will be a dangerous team.
If any Eastern Conference team knows what the Warriors are capable of, its the Charlotte Bobcats. Stephen Silas recently left his position with the Warriors to join his fathers staff as an assistant coach. With Paul Silas being named Charlottes interim head coach following Larry Browns resignation, the Bobcats have taken on a new identity and have won each of their last two games. Former Warrior Stephen Jackson leads the team in scoring (17.5 ppg) and Gerald Wallace is always a threat with averages of 16.7 points and 8.1 rebounds.
Charlotte will present a strong test for the Warriors. The Bobcats are sure to have a detailed scouting report on Golden State, so the Warriors will need to execute at a high level in order to pick up their first win of this five-game road trip.
Following Fridays game in Charlotte, the Warriors will travel to Miami for a New Years Day game against LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and the Miami Heat. From there, Golden State will continue its trip through Orlando and New Orleans before coming back home to host the Cavaliers on Friday, January 7, in a Family And Friends contest.
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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