Warriors need to get hot
(Sports Network) – The Golden State Warriors are just 26-31 and sit in fourth
place in the Pacific Division. However, they are only 1 1/2 games behind the
Los Angeles Clippers and New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets for the eighth and
final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
The last time the Warriors advanced to the postseason was in 1994. They were
swept, 3-0, by the Phoenix Suns in the first round.
Golden State begins a five-game road trip when it visits the Milwaukee Bucks
on Tuesday at the Bradley Center. It is the second and final meeting of the
campaign between the clubs. On December 2nd, Maurice Williams hit the go-ahead
jumper with 53.5 seconds left to lift Milwaukee to a 115-110 win over Golden
State at ORACLE Arena. The Bucks have won two in a row in the series. Golden
State has won two straight after losing its last four at Milwaukee.
The Warriors enter tonight’s contest on a two-game losing streak. On Sunday,
Maurice Evans poured in a career-high 26 points and superstar Kobe Bryant also
netted 26 to power the Lakers to a 102-85 rout of the Warriors at ORACLE
Monta Ellis scored 22 and Jason Richardson netted 15 in the loss for the
Warriors, who have dropped four of their last six games overall. Andris
Biedrins had 16 rebounds for Golden State, which shot just 2-of-19 from three-
point range and was 9-of-21 from the foul line.
The Warriors, who have dropped three in a row as the visitor, are a dismal
6-21 on the road this season. They will also visit Chicago, New York,
Washington and Detroit on the current swing.
Two-time All-Star 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). Davis last played on February
Golden State is scheduled to play 14 of its final 25 games on the road.