LAST TIME OUT
In each of their last three games, the Warriors have had to play without one of their starters. David Lee, who leads the team in rebounds, was out due to illness during Monday's 102-91 loss to the Phoenix Suns. Monta Ellis returned from a one-game absence and tallied 18 points and 11 assists, but ultimately the Suns ran away with the win behind a 13-point fourth quarter from two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash. FULL GAME RECAP
WARRIORS VS. SPURS
The Warriors have not fared well against the Spurs in recent matchups, particularly in San Antonio. Golden State has lost 26-straight games in San Antonio, a streak that dates back to 1997. Now under Head Coach Mark Jackson and his emphasis on defense, the Warriors are charged with ending their two-game losing skid against a Spurs team that is undefeated at home (3-0). San Antonio, however, must overcome the loss of their leading scorer Manu Ginobili, who is out indefinitely after fracturing the fifth metacarpal in his left hand on Monday.
CHALLENGES KEEP ON COMING
After Wednesday’s game against the Spurs, the Warriors wrap up their first road trip of the season on Friday in Los Angeles before returning home to host the Jazz. The Warriors will then brace for two more highly anticipated home matchups – first taking on LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat on Tuesday before playing host to Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic on Thursday, January 12. The Florida teams visit the Bay Area just once this season, so secure your tickets while you still can!
GAME NOTES: WARRIORS | SPURS