Wednesday , Feb , 02 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Golden State Warriors Team Report – February 2

=== Golden State Warriors Team Report – February 2 ===

(Sports Network) – The struggling Golden State Warriors play the first of a
brief two-game homestand, as they welcome Pacific Division rival Sacramento on
Wednesday to The Arena in Oakland.

This is the second meeting of the season between the clubs. On December 26th,
the Warriors knocked off the Kings, 98-94, at ARCO Arena. With the victory,
Golden State snapped an 11-game series road losing streak. The teams are
scheduled to play twice more in the 2004-05 campaign, as the Warriors will
host Sacramento on March 17th, while the Kings will welcome Golden State to
ARCO on March 20th.

Overall, the home team has won five of the last six meetings in this series.
Golden State has won two straight and three of the last four contests, while
Sacramento has won 16 of 19 and 17 of the last 21 games. The Kings have won
nine of their last 13 at Golden State.

On Saturday, Elton Brand scored 27 points, Zeljko Rebraca came off the bench
to chip in 19 with 16 rebounds and the Clippers defeated Golden State, 96-85,
at the Staples Center. Jason Richardson led all players with 29 points to pace
the Warriors, who have dropped five straight.

Forward Mike Dunleavy finished with 22 points, while point guard Derek Fisher
netted 12 in the loss for Golden State, which has lost 14 of its last 15 games
overall.

The Warriors are 3-26 when they score under 100 points this season.

On the injury front, Golden State guard Speedy Claxton (knee) and forward Troy
Murphy (thumb) are questionable for Wednesday’s contest. Claxton has missed
five straight games, while Murphy did not play against the Clippers.

Golden State is 9-14 as the host this season. The Warriors have lost three
straight and six of their last seven at home.

On Tuesday, the NBA suspended Golden State forward Clifford Robinson for five
games without pay for violation of the league’s anti-drug program. Robinson’s
suspension begins tonight. The 38-year-old Robinson has played in 40 of Golden
State’s 44 contests and is averaging 8.8 points and 2.8 rebounds per game.

Richardson has scored 20 or more points in seven straight contests. He is
averaging 29.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.7 assists in that span. The 24-year-
old guard has played 30 or more minutes in all 35 games that he has played in
this season.

The Warriors host the New Orleans Hornets on Friday before embarking on a
four-game road trip. Golden State is 1-1 against the Hornets this season. The
teams are also scheduled to play on February 11th at New Orleans Arena.

Golden State starts its road trip on Saturday against the Denver Nuggets at
the Pepsi Center. The Warriors will also visit the Miami Heat, Orlando Magic
and New Orleans on the swing.

GSW