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Warriors Happy And Healthy After Beating Nets

Posted By Scott Johnston On Jan 17 2011 @ 11:39 pm In Golden State Warriors | No Comments

When the season started, many who looked at the Warriors schedule said, “If we can just get to the New Year in decent shape, maybe we’ll be Okay.”

Maybe they will.

The Warriors hosted the dismal New Jersey Nets on Monday afternoon and led for the final 46 minutes of the game, winning 109-100 behind a balanced attack that showed five players in double figures led once again by Monta Ellis. The future All-Star guard scored 26 points and dished out 9 assists while turning the ball over just one time.

The Warriors were stingy with the ball as a team, turning it over only six times the entire contest as Golden State won their 2nd in a row in a stretch that sees them play 13 of 14 games at Oracle Arena.

With the win, the Warriors are now 17-23, and in order for them to sniff the .500 mark, they’ll need to continue to play well at home during this stretch. With games coming up against Indiana and Sacramento, the schedule is finally getting a tad easier for the now healthy W’s.

David Lee is finally playing on a consistent level each night. The power forward was derailed for much of the early part of the season after that freakish injury he suffered in New York. His 24 points and 10 rebounds in Monday’s win was his 15th double-double of the season. Golden State is 11-4 in those games, an obvious correlation to how important Lee is to the team.

Stephen Curry is the other Warrior who has been hobbling along for most of the season—literally. Since sustaining an ankle injury right before the regular season tipped off Curry has seemed to be a step slow, resulting in many games in which he is sitting due to foul trouble. That was the case again on Monday when Curry picked up two early fouls in both halves and sat for long stretches. Still, Steph was productive scoring 13 points in 23 minutes. However, when Curry scores 20+ points in a game, Golden State is 9-6.

So it’s clear for all to see that the health of Curry and Lee is paramount to the Warriors success. It’s no secret to anyone that if a team loses its starting point guard and power forward for a certain amount of time that team will suffer. But with both of them now healthy, the Warriors must take advantage of this January home cooking.

The New Year is upon us. It’s time to get Okay.

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