TICKETS & PROMOTIONS
Just a few days after completing a high-profile trade with one another, the Warriors and Bucks will match up on Friday night at Oracle Arena. A limited number of tickets are still available for the Authentic Fan Friday contest, which will celebrate the most passionate fans and include live pregame and postgame shows on the Oracle Arena main concourse, plus a CSN Bay Area/Warriors Collector Series Cheer Card giveaway. BUY TICKETS NOW
LAST TIME OUT
It went down to the final seconds, but the Warriors fell just short in a 105-103 loss to the Celtics on Wednesday at Oracle Arena. Kevin Garnett sunk a game-winning shot for Boston with 5.1 seconds left, spoiling an otherwise gutsy effort for the Warriors. Klay Thompson poured in a career-high 26 points, Nate Robinson finished with 20 points and 11 assists and David Lee added 20 points in the defeat. FULL GAME RECAP
WARRIORS VS. BUCKS
The lone Warriors-Bucks matchup of the season is filled with storylines, the most glaring being the fact that the teams completed a five-player swap earlier this week. With all details of the trade now complete, Monta Ellis and Ekpe Udoh are both expected to be in uniform for Milwaukee. With or without Ellis and Udoh, the Bucks are a hot team. They've won four-straight and currently hold down the eighth and final playoff spot. The Warriors, meanwhile, had their three-game winning streak snapped on Wednesday and will look to keep up their strong play despite being undermanned.
STEPPING RIGHT IN
With Monta Ellis now playing for the Bucks, Warriors rookie Klay Thompson has moved into the starting two-guard role. He struggled with his shot on Tuesday, but found his stroke on Wednesday, shooting 9-for-16 from the floor and 3-for-5 on 3-pointers. Thompson now ranks ninth in the NBA in 3-point percentage (.448), and first among rookies.
NATE THE GREAT
If the Warriors are to remain in the conversation regarding the Western Conference Playoffs, Nate Robinson will need to keep up his strong play. He's filled in admirably for the injured Stephen Curry, averaging 18.5 points, 7.0 assists and 3.00 steals over his last two starts. The first-year Warrior has provided great energy off the bench this season, but now he's needed to keep the motor going while logging heavy minutes.
Injuries:Warriors - Stephen Curry (mild sprain, right ankle) is day-to-day. Andrew Bogut (left ankle fracture) is out. Bucks - Shaun Livingston (left ankle sprain) and Luc Mbah a Mout (right knee soreness) are day-to-day. Kwame Brown (torn pectoral muscle) is out.
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