Friday , Mar , 16 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Remaining schedule not easy for Golden State

(Sports Network) – The Golden State Warriors, who have not advanced to the
postseason since 1994, are tied with the Los Angeles Clippers for the eighth
and final playoff berth in the Western Conference with 16 games left on their
schedule.Golden State was swept, 3-0, by the Phoenix Suns in the first round
of its last playoff appearance.

Golden State is scheduled to play eight of its final 16 games on its home
court. Fifteen of the contests are against Western Conference teams. The
Warriors will host their only opponent from the East, the Washington Wizards,
on March 23rd at ORACLE Arena.

The Warriors split four games with the Clippers during the campaign. They are
17-20 against conference opponents this season.

Two teams battling to qualify for the Western Conference playoffs meet on
Friday, as the Warriors welcome the Minnesota Timberwolves to ORACLE Arena.
The Timberwolves are just a half game behind the Warriors and Clippers.

It is the second of three meetings between the Warriors and Minnesota this
season. On February 7th, Ricky Davis scored 26 points and Mark Blount netted
22 to lead the Timberwolves over Golden State, 121-93, at the Target Center.

Minnesota has lost two straight after winning its last two at Golden State.
The Timberwolves have won two in a row in the series. Golden State is
scheduled to host the Timberwolves on April 15th at ORACLE Arena.

The Warriors play the finale of a short two-game homestand against Minnesota.
Don Nelson and the Warriors apparently have the formula on how to beat Dallas,
and Monday it came at the right time as Golden State blew out the Mavericks,
117-100, at ORACLE Arena. Nelson’s Warriors are the only team to beat Dallas
twice this year.

Mickael Pietrus had 20 points to lead six Golden State players in double
figures, as the Warriors won for the fourth time in their last five contests
overall. Jason Richardson, Al Harrington and Stephen Jackson all scored 16
points for Golden State, which shot 57.1 percent from the field.

The Warriors, who have won three in a row as the host, are 23-10 at home this
season. They will visit the Seattle SuperSonics on Saturday and the Utah Jazz
on Tuesday.