LAST TIME OUT
Second-half struggles on offense proved costly in the Warriors’ 83-75 loss in Toronto on Sunday. After leading by as many as 10 points in the first half, the Warriors scored a season-low 11 points in the third quarter and shot just 36.2 percent from the field. David Lee was 9-for-13 from the field and finished with 22 points and 12 rebounds for his third-straight 20-10 game, and Monta Ellis added 20 points and seven assists in the defeat. FULL GAME RECAP
WARRIORS VS. WIZARDS
The longest road trip of the season wraps up in Washington, D.C. on Monday. In addition to playing their sixth-straight road game, the Warriors will be closing out a stretch of five games in seven nights. Golden State swept the season series with Washington last season, and they’ll look to do that again on Monday, as this will mark the only meeting of the season between the two teams. The Wizards, meanwhile, have the second-worst record in the NBA, although they did snap a six-game losing streak on Saturday against Cleveland.
CURRY INJURY UPDATE
Other than a three-second cameo in Atlanta on Wednesday, Stephen Curry has missed each of the first four games since the All-Star Break with a strained tendon in his right foot. He nearly played in Toronto on Sunday, but was ruled out in the final moments before tipoff. The team can certainly benefit from Curry’s return, as the Warriors have struggled mightily on offense since the All-Star Break, averaging 80.3 points on 37.9 percent shooting.
GUARDS ON DISPLAY
If Curry is able to play, Monday’s game will have an interesting matchup in the backcourt. Warriors fans know just how lethal the Monta Ellis/Stephen Curry tandem can be, but the Wizards have a dangerous duo of their own with John Wall and Jordan Hamilton. Wall is among the league’s leaders in points and assists, and Hamilton has been hot lately with 30-plus points in two of the last four games. Both Ellis and Curry had huge games against the Wizards last season, and the team will certainly welcome another from either player as they wrap up their longest road trip of the season.
IN NEED OF A WIN
The Warriors let one get away on Sunday, which makes Monday’s game that much important. A win against the Wizards would give the Warriors a 3-3 road trip, certainly a respectable mark considering the team’s struggles away from home this season. And if the Warriors are to make a push in the second half of the season, they’ll need to take advantage of matchups against teams in the bottom half of the standings.
Injuries:Warriors - Stephen Curry (strained tendon in right foot) is day-to-day. Kwame Brown (torn pectoralis) and Jeremy Tyler (D-League Assignment) are out. Wizards - Ronny Turiaf (fractured left hand) is out. Rashard Lewis (sore left knee) is questionable. Nick Young (bruised right knee) is day-to-day.
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