LAST TIME OUT
Ekpe Udoh made a statement in his first start of the season, finishing with 19 points, eight rebounds and two blocks in a 104-97 win over the visiting Clippers on Monday night at Oracle Arena. Monta Ellis led the way with 32 points and four assists and David Lee notched another double-double with 24 points and 13 boards. However, it was Udoh’s aggressive play that gave the team a much-needed spark, but the second-year big man suffered a sprained left knee during a 9-0 Warriors run that closed out the game. FULL GAME RECAP
WARRIORS VS. SUNS
Wednesday's matchup will mark the third and final game this season between Golden State and Phoenix. The home team has won each of the first two meetings, the most recent being a 102-96 Warriors win on February 13 in Oakland. David Lee, who sat out this season's first game against Phoenix with an illness, had a big night with 28 points and 12 boards in that game, and the Warriors will likely look for him to shine again against a Suns team that is in the NBA's bottom third in both points allowed and rebounding. The Warriors, however, have lost 13-straight in Phoenix and the Suns have won each of their last two games. In addition to the usual suspects of Steve Nash and Grant Hill, the Warriors must also find a way to limit center Marcin Gortat, who is averaging 20.7 points and 12.7 rebounds over the last three games.
ALL EYES ON UDOH
Ekpe Udoh had perhaps the finest game of his career in his first start of the season on Monday, but he sprained his left knee in the process. The second-year forward/center was held out of practice on Tuesday, but Head Coach Mark Jackson said he is optimistic that both Udoh and Andris Biedrins, who sat out Monday's game with an illness, will be ready to play in Phoenix. The Warriors are already down a center with Kwame Brown's injury, and they will need all the depth they can find to help slow down Gortat.
SUCCESS FROM DOWNTOWN
Much has been made of Brandon Rush and Klay Thompson missing out on the NBA's 3-point contest at All-Star Weekend, but the two hottest Warriors shooters are Stephen Curry and Monta Ellis. The Warriors' starting guards are a combined 17-for-26 (.654) from distance over the last two games, helping Golden State rank second in the NBA in 3-point shooting (.394).
The Warriors have played the fewest amount of road games of any NBA team this season, but that will all change soon. Wednesday's showdown in Phoenix tips off a season-long six-game road trip for the Warrors, who have gone 3-8 in games not at Oracle Arena this season. This six-game stretch will account for more than 18 percent of the team's entire road schedule this season.
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