Richardson’s return should help Warriors down the stretch
(Sports Network) – The Golden State Warriors are just 25-29 and are tied
with the Los Angeles Clippers for third place in the Pacific Division, 15 1/2
games behind the division-leading Phoenix Suns.
Golden State, the Clippers and New Orleans/Oklahoma City are just one-half
game behind the Minnesota Timberwolves for the eighth and final playoff spot
in the Western Conference. The last time the Warriors earned a playoff berth
was in 1994.
The Warriors play their first game back from the All-Star break, as they
welcome the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday to ORACLE Arena. It is the second
of four meetings this season between the squads. On January 3rd, Mike Miller
poured in 33 points, including a career-high nine three-pointers as the
Grizzlies picked up a 144-135 win over the Warriors at the FedExForum.
The Grizzlies have won four of their last five at Golden State. Memphis has
won five in a row in the series. Golden State will host the Grizzlies on April
1st at ORACLE Arena, while Memphis will welcome the Warriors on April 6th to
Golden State went into the break on a winning note. On February 14th, Stephen
Jackson tied a season-high with 36 points and dished out eight assists as the
Warriors pounded the New York Knicks, 120-101, at ORACLE Arena.
Monta Ellis had 23 points and seven assists in the win over the Knicks for
Golden State, while Al Harrington added 17 points, nine boards and six assists
for the Warriors, who snapped a two-game losing streak. Kelenna Azubuike
netted 15 and grabbed seven boards in the victory.
Guard Baron Davis (arthroscopic left knee surgery) is expected to be sidelined
until at least mid-March. He leads the Warriors in scoring (20.7 ppg) and
assists (8.7 apg).
High-flying Jason Richardson (broken bone in right hand) is probable for
Wednesday’s contest. Richardson is averaging 12.7 points, 4.0 rebounds and
2.6 assists in 23 games this season. He last played on December 30th and
has missed 22 straight contests.
Andris Biedrins, who is averaging 10.2 points per contest, has grabbed a team-
best 9.6 rebounds per game for Golden State.
The Warriors are a solid 19-9 at home this season. They are scheduled to visit
the Clippers on Saturday at the Staples Center. Golden State is 1-1 versus the
Clippers this season.
Golden State has scored over 100 points in four straight and 12 of their last
16 games overall.