LAST TIME OUT Playing without Monta Ellis, the Warriors struggled to make shots in Saturdays 107-79 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers. Stephen Curry returned to action after missing a game with a sprained right ankle and scored 10 of his 21 points in the first quarter. The Warriors led by as many as 13 points in the opening period but went cold from there and shot just 38.2 percent for the game. FULL GAME RECAP | BLOG: FOCUSING ON DEFENSE
WARRIORS VS. SUNS The Warriors are looking to snap a six game losing streak against the Suns, their last victory dating back to December 26, 2009. In their final meeting of the 2010-11 season, Dorell Wright caught fire and scored 30 points in the second half, but it wasnt enough to top a double-double effort from two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash (3/18/2011).
ONTO THE ROAD After finishing 2-2 in their season-opening four-game homestand, the Warriors will get their first taste of life on the road this season with a Monday matinee in Phoenix. Monta Ellis is back with the team and expected to start after missing Saturday's game to attend his grandmother's funeral. The Pacific Division showdown tips off a three-game road trip that also has stops in San Antonio and Los Angeles (Lakers). The Warriors will next return to Oracle Arena on Saturday, January 7, when they host the Jazz.
SOME NUMBERS ON STEPHEN CURRY Averaging 21.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, 7.0 assists and 3.00 steals in 32.5 minutes in his last two games, while shooting .592 from the field (16-27 FG) Averaged 18.6 points, 5.8 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 1.47 steals in 33.6 minutes in 74 games (all starts) in 2010-11 Shot a franchise-record and league-leading 93.4% from the free throw line Also ranked third in three-point field goal percentage (.442).
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