The Warriors have lost their mojo. They have lost three straight after the All-Star break to the Celtics, Hawks, and Timberwolves. If we want to have any chance at pushing for the 8th seed in the Western Conference, we MUST start winning tonight. We have six games remaining on our seven game road trip, which includes a trip to Boston. All the other teams are very beatable and I hope we can start off our turnaround tonight against the Indiana Pacers who are currently a half game up on the Bobcats for the final spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs. The Pacers have lost two in a row at home against Western Conference teams and we hope the trend continues tonight at the Conseco Fieldhouse. The Pacers are led by Danny Granger (21.0 ppg, 5.6 rpg) and have some young talent in PG Darren Collison and C Roy Hibbert.
Warriors Keys to Victory:
1. Montaaaaaa, come out and plaaaaaay: Monta Ellis has struggled since the break and needs to come out and perform tonight against Indiana. No one can stop him when he’s on and he needs to realize it. Last time these two teams played, Monta hit a buzzer-beating jumper to give the Ws a 110-108 victory back in January. During the past three loses, he is averaging a mere 17 ppg on 34.5% shooting from the field. Ellis is our only hope at making the playoffs and tonight is the night where he must turn up the energy.
2. Let’s RUN: The Pacers are a slow team that give lots of minutes to players like Psycho Tyler Hansbrough, Mike Dunleavy, and Josh McRoberts. We need to up the tempo, push the ball and RUN. We should be able to score a lot of fastbreak points on these guys and get up and down the court in a hurry. I would like to see Monta and Steph push the ball as much as possible and get some easy buckets in the open court.
3. Start fast (both halves): We typically come out slow in the first and third quarters. This needs to stop. Sometimes it seems like we don’t even care about those quarters and it has continued to hurt us in games. We don’t start fast and eventually find ourselves in too deep of a hole with minimal minutes left in the game. If we can control the tempo from the start, we should be in good shape when the fourth quarter comes around.
Prediction: 756sports has the Warriors pulling out a victory tonight by a score of 115-106. A 9-point victory with Monta leading the way sounds like a good start to the turning point of our season. With a victory tonight, the Ws will have topped our victory count of last season. Let’s go Warriors!