Warriors-Bobcats Gametime Preview - 1/28/11

Friday, Jan. 28, 2011 - 7:30 p.m.
Oracle Arena
Oakland, CA

TV: CSN Bay Area (HD)
Radio: KNBR 680
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Family & Friends Offer

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Playing their third game of an eight-game homestand, the Warriors will host the Charlotte Bobcats on Friday. The second and final meeting of the season will mark a Family and Friends offer, allowing fans to get a Wienerschnitzel hot dog, soda and bag of chips with each ticket purchased. Packages start at less than $50, and fans can save up to $33 per ticket on seats in the lower level.

This Friday is also Latino Heritage Night, and those purchasing a ticket through this special event will be treated to a postgame Q&A with UFC Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez, plus a commemorative Latino Heritage Night shirt designed and produced by Dethrone Royalty! The Warriors and Bobcats are set to tip things off at 7:30 p.m., and those unable to attend the Friday night showdown will be able to follow the action live on CSN Bay Area (HD) and KNBR 680.

The Warriors will enter Friday’s game looking to complete the season sweep of the Bobcats after posting a 96-95 victory in Charlotte on New Year’s Eve. Monta Ellis and Stephen Curry combined for 49 points in that contest, and the team will surely look to their starting guards for continued production as they continue with this extended homestand. In addition to leading the Warriors on the floor, the top backcourt duo can possibly represent the team during NBA All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles next month. Ellis continues to be a quality candidate to make the Western Conference All-Star Team, while Curry has been named a finalist to compete in the 2011 Taco Bell Skills Challenge. Fans can vote for Curry to participate in the All-Star Saturday event by clicking here.

As Warriors owner Joe Lacob said on Thursday's Gary Radnich Show on KNBR, Ellis and Curry are one of the NBA’s top guard duos. Their combined total of average points, rebounds, assists and steals is higher than that of any other guard duo in the league, but the Warriors can't solely rely on them. Instead, they need greater production from their bench should the team start winning on a consistent basis. Warriors reserves totaled for 14 points on 5-of-18 shooting during Wednesday’s 112-103 loss to the Hornets, and most of that damage was done when the game was already out of reach. Whether it’s fatigue, foul trouble or injury, the starters won’t be able to go 40-plus minutes every night, so it will be important for players like Reggie Williams, Vladimir Radmanovic, Ekpe Udoh and Acie Law to provide production on a consistent basis.

While the Warriors are certainly happy to be at home for an extended period of time, the schedule hasn’t been as cooperative. The Warriors hosted the NBA’s best – the San Antonio Spurs – on Monday, the Hornets – winners of 10-straight – on Wednesday, and it doesn’t get much easier on Friday. The Bobcats have won four of their last five games, including each of the last three on the road. Chalotte is 10-6 under Paul Silas, who took over as head coach upon Larry Brown’s resignation last month. Stephen Jackson leads the team with 18.0 points per game, Gerald Wallace averages 15.9 points and Kwame Brown has revived his career with four double-doubles in his last seven games. Though the Bobcats are only 19-25 on the season, they are much more dangerous than their record would indicate.

Following Friday’s game, the Warriors will continue their homestand with another Family and Friends contest against the Jazz on Sunday, and other upcoming opponents at Oracle Arena include the Bucks (Feb. 3), the Bulls (Feb. 5), the Suns (Feb. 7) and the Nuggets (Feb. 9).

Warriors owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber provide an inside look at the organization in the Owner's Box on warriors.com. Send them an e-mail and see if your question is answered in the next entry ... Stephen Curry has been named a finalist to compete in the 2011 Taco Bell Skills Challenge at NBA All-Star Saturday in Los Angeles ... Curry has also recently been named a finalist for the Jefferson Awards for Public Service ... The Warriors have reached an agreement with Troy Wenzel to serve as the team’s head athletic trainer for the remainder of the 2010-11 season, taking over for Tom Abdenour, who accepted a position with San Diego State University earlier this month ... The 2011 Warrior Girl Swimsuit Calendar is now on sale.

Full-length segments of the Warriors Weekly TV Show are available by clicking here, and be sure to catch the next episode on Wednesday (Jan. 26) at 6:30 p.m. on CSN Bay Area ... The Warriors Weekly Radio Show typically airs on Thursday nights at 9 p.m. on KNBR 680. Listen to past shows by clicking here.

Monta Ellis ranks among the league leaders in several categories, but the praise from his peers might make for his best case to become a 2010-11 NBA All-Star. Read the most recent warriors.com blog entry and find out what Kobe Bryant and Phil Jackson are saying about the All-Star guard.











Injuries: Warriors - None.
Bobcats - DeSagana Diop (ruptured right achilles tendon) and Tyrus Thomas (torn meniscus, left knee) is out.


OVERALL: 19-26

At Home: 13-9
On Road: 6-17

VS. West: 11-18
VS. East: 8-8

Lost 3
At Home: Lost 2
On Road: Lost 2

(Per Game)

Monta Ellis - 25.8

David Lee - 9.8

Stephen Curry - 5.9

Monta Ellis - 41.1


Won 1


12/31/10: W, 96-95


_vs. Utah
...January 30 - 7:30 p.m.
Family & Friends Offer
...TV: CSN (HD)
...Radio: KNBR 680

_vs. Milwaukee
...February 3 - 7:30 p.m.
Beat The Bucks Night
...TV: CSN (HD)
...Radio: KNBR 680

_vs. Chicago
...February 5 - 7:30 p.m.

...TV: CSN (HD)
...Radio: KNBR 680

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