The Warriors came out blazing from the start with a 12-2 lead and never looked back on their way to an easy 108-88 blowout victory, ending their six-game road trip on a high note with a 4-2 record. They led by as many as 31 points in the third quarter, as the Celtics provided next to no resistance on the defensive end. With this win, Golden State is now two games ahead of the Dallas Mavericks and Phoenix Suns, and three games ahead of the Memphis Grizzlies for the sixth seed in the West.
Need proof? They are the only team to beat both the Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers on the road this season. The problem is that the Warriors have not been clicking on all cylinders for much of the season.
While boasting the third best defensive rating in the league, their 13th best offensive rating has often been bad enough to cost them plenty of games. Things have been smoothing over – particularly for the bench unit – on offense since the acquisition of Steve Blake just before the trade deadline, but their over-dependency on Stephen Curry’s wizardry and Klay Thompson’s 3-point shooting has given them mixed results thus far.
Golden State hoped to be one of the top four teams in the West, but has been sitting sixth or lower for much of the season. Because they are in a dog fight with three other teams just to make sure they get into the playoffs, every game moving forward will matter in the standings. After inexplicably blowing a sizable lead and losing to the Toronto Raptors in their previous game, the Warriors had to dig deep to find a way to beat the Pacers on the road on Tuesday.
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Heading into the contest, Houston was the only Western Conference team the Warriors had failed to beat this season. Just as importantly, a win against them would bring Golden State within four games of the third seed – still well within reach with 27 games left to play.
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Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut has missed a lowkey two weeks of action since suffering a mysterious bone bruise in his left shoulder, and what was originally thought as the team keeping him out for precautionary reasons has become a cause for concern.
Bogut has missed four consecutive games, and is still considered day-to-day despite getting an ample amount of rest from the All-Star break. No one really knows when or how it happened, including coach Mark Jackson, but the injury is very real and the team will have to continue monitoring how the center progresses from his painful injury.