Warriors (26-33, 7-20 away) at Wizards (15-44, 14-16 home)

Posted on March 2, 2011 by


I hate to say it, but the season is starting to look like a wash. 756 said this road trip was going to make or break the Warriors, and it has so far not looked good. We’re obviously not making the playoffs if we cannot beat the Timberwolves or the Pacers on the road. Hopefully things will start to look up tonight against an exciting Wizards team. Here’s what we the Warriors are going to have to do to earn a victory tonight.
1. Contain John Wall

Believe the hype. He is one of the fastest point guards I have seen in the past 20 years. If he develops any sort of jumper and improves his decision making, he could become one of the best point guards ever. Yes EVER. John Wall runs this team. When he goes, the Wiz go. Even though we know Curry stands no chance of shutting down the speedy guard, he is going to have to bother him and create some steals. Curry also needs to outperform him on the offensive end.
2. Curry to DLee
Both of these players have been the most consistent during the Dubs road trip. Because this is the 2nd night of a back to back, it’s going to be tough to hit shots that the Warriors are accustomed to making. We’re going to need successful pick and rolls between Curry and David Lee to score in the half court. This will make it easier on them and everyone else in our half-court offense.
3. Monta Ellis vs. Nick Young
Monta has been playing terrible post all-star break. He looks exhausted from carrying the team on his back the entire season. There is something noticeably wrong with him. Whether it is a personal matter or a problem with the team, he does not look like he is “all there.” Nick Young is a straight scorer, averaging 17.7 points per game. He reminds me a lot of Jamal Crawford. He has a nice jumper, can pull from anywhere, and can get to the hole whenever he wants. Check out this move he made the other day.

Monta needs to outscore Young and slow him down to have any chance of winning tonight.
4. Don’t Play Andris Biedrins
Seriously. He doesn’t bring anything to the table and I’d much rather see Vlad or Udoh start in his place. C’mon Smart, start giving Udoh some serious run.
Prediction: Coming off an embarrassing 105-77 loss to Chicago on Monday, the Wizards are going to come out hungry with a chance to win against the struggling Warriors tonight. The Warriors are coming off a four game losing streak and are on the 2nd night of a back to back. This smells like trouble. I predict the Warriors to lose by 5 points to the Wiz tonight.

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