Wednesday , Apr , 04 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Golden State is still alive in playoff race

(Sports Network) – The Golden State Warriors still have a chance to grab the
eighth and final playoff berth in the Western Conference. They are 1 1/2 games
behind the eighth-seeded Los Angeles Clippers.

Golden State (35-39) has eight games left on its schedule, while the Clippers
have nine games remaining. The Warriors have not advanced to the
postseason since 1994. They were swept, 3-0, by the Phoenix Suns in the
first round of their last playoff appearance.

The playoff-bound Houston Rockets play the middle contest of a three-game
homestand, as they welcome the Warriors on Wednesday to the Toyota Center. It
is the third and final meeting of the campaign between the squads. The Rockets
and Warriors split the first two meetings, as both clubs were victorious at
home.

Golden State has lost two straight and five of its last six at Houston.

The Warriors have won two in a row and open an important three-game road trip
against Houston. Jason Richardson scored 26 points, grabbed six rebounds and
dished out eight assists to lead the Warriors to a 122-117 win over the
Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday at ORACLE Arena.

Stephen Jackson poured in 21 points and had nine assists for the Warriors, who
have won six of their last nine games overall. Al Harrington and Monta Ellis
both chipped in 17 points for Golden State, which had six players score in
double figures and survived without starting point guard Baron Davis, who was
ejected early in the contest.

The Warriors, who have dropped two in a row as the visitor, are a dismal 8-28
on the road this season. They will visit Memphis on Friday and San Antonio on
Saturday.

Golden State will play five of its final eight games on the road. Besides
Houston, Memphis and San Antonio, it will also visit Sacramento and Portland.
The Warriors are scheduled to host Utah, Minnesota and Dallas in their final
home games of the campaign.

Richardson is averaging 15.0 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 43 games
this season. He has registered 31.0 points, 9.0 boards and 5.5 assists in his
last two outings. The Michigan State product has logged at least 40 minutes in
both contests.

GSW