LAST TIME OUT
The Warriors came back from a 16-point deficit and took a fourth-quarter lead, but clutch shooting from Kobe Bryant proved to be the deciding factor in tonight’s 104-101 loss to the Lakers at Oracle Arena. Brandon Rush went off in the second half, scoring 21 of his 23 points after the intermission. David Lee totaled 23 points and nine rebounds in the nail-biting defeat and Klay Thompson maintained his scoring run, chipping in 20 points while dishing a game-high seven assists. FULL GAME RECAP
WARRIORS VS. HORNETS
Wednesday's contest will mark the second of three meetings this season between the Warriors and Hornets. Golden State took the first matchup, a 101-92 contest in New Orleans last Wednesday. Klay Thompson had what was then a career-high 27 points in that contest, leading a 3-point frenzy that saw the Warriors go 14-for-29 from long distance. It will be important for Golden State not to fall in love with the 3-point shot, as playing on consecutive days can sometimes mean tired legs. Regardless of their level of fatigue, the Warriors will look to take advantage of a Hornets team that has won just four games since the All-Star Break.
BENEATH THE BOX SCORE
Dominic McGuire's numbers aren't very impressive (3.0 ppg, 3.6 rpg), but one can argue that he is one of the team's most valuable players. Take Tuesday night for example. He had four points, seven rebounds, five assists and three blocks, but even those numbers don't fully indicate the impact he had on the game. Golden State out-scored the Lakers by 11 points with McGuire on the floor, which was the highest +/- of the game (both teams). McGuire played near shutdown defense in the game, guarding players much bigger than him on defense while playing point guard at times on offense. The fifth-year pro out of Fresno State gives the Warriors some much-needed toughness, and one can assume that he'll be counted on heavily in Coach Jackson's rotation for the remainder of the season.
DOWN TO THE WIRE
The Warriors haven't lacked for exciting finishes this season. The team has played 16 games that have been within three points at the end of regulation, including each of the last three contests. Golden State is just 5-11 in those games, but the young team is gaining valuable experience from being involved in these intense matchups.
Injuries:Warriors - Nate Robinson (strained right hamstring) is a game-time decision. Andris Biedrins (strained right groin), Stephen Curry (mild sprain, right ankle) and Andrew Bogut (left ankle fracture) are out. Hornets - Gustavo Ayón (personal), Eric Gordon (right knee contusion) and Emeka Okafor (sore left knee) are out. Chris Kaman (illness) is questionable.
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