Warriors at Knicks
The Golden State Warriors ran into a buzz saw in Indiana on Tuesday and saw their three-game winning streak come to an end. The New York Knicks, who host the Warriors on Wednesday, are hoping Sunday’s win was the one that will get them back on track in time to chase down the Pacers in the Eastern Conference. The Knicks edged the stumbling Philadelphia 76ers to snap a four-game slide.
Golden State was trying to pull back to .500 on the road on Tuesday but could not overcome Indiana, which also laid a 125-91 beat down on New York last week. That was part of a four-game stretch in which the Knicks failed to reach 100 points and fell twice to the Toronto Raptors. The Warriors had been impressive in winning the first two of their three-game streak, but struggled to overcome the Minnesota Timberwolves in a one-point win on Sunday and fell off in the second half against the Pacers on Tuesday to continue a trend of disappointing road performances.
TV: 8 p.m. ET, ESPN, Comcast SportsNet Bay Area (Golden State), MSG (New York)
ABOUT THE WARRIORS (33-24): Stephen Curry, who scored a season-high 38 points, was the only one who seemed to have his legs under him all the way through at Indiana on Tuesday. Golden State had snapped a five-game road losing streak with the win at Minnesota but has looked much more impressive at home. The Warriors knocked off the San Antonio Spurs in overtime at home on Friday but struggled to fight off the Timberwolves before falling to the Pacers. Golden State has gone 9-6 on the second night of back-to-back sets this season but will be facing their second consecutive physical defensive team in the Knicks. The Warriors will try to spread New York thin on the perimeter with Curry, Klay Thompson and Jarrett Jack but could be forced to use a bigger lineup to combat the interior strength of Tyson Chandler. That is where Andrew Bogut could prove useful, but Golden State’s center has missed the last three games with back spasms and is questionable for the rest of the road trip.
ABOUT THE KNICKS (33-20): New York was knocked off its perch as the No. 2 seed in the East by the Pacers, who are now a game ahead of the Knicks. New York has been held to 92.8 points in its last five games, including Sunday’s 99-93 triumph over the 76ers. The Knicks' starters have struggled to hit shots during the scoring drought, led by Carmelo Anthony’s 38.1 field goal percentage in the last five contests. Anthony went 6-for-18 on Sunday but connected on 16 of 18 free throws to finish with 29 points. Jason Kidd (19 percent) and Iman Shumpert (19 percent) have been even worse among the starting five. The bright spot has been the bench play of Amar'e Stoudemire, who helped carry the team in stretches on Sunday in a 9-for-10 shooting performance.
1. Warriors All-Star F David Lee, who spent the first five years of his career with New York, has averaged 20.5 points and 7.5 rebounds in two games against his former team.
2. Golden State has taken five of the last six meetings, including wins in its last two trips to Madison Square Garden.
3. Knicks F Rasheed Wallace (foot) and C Marcus Camby (foot) each returned to practice this week and both are questionable for Wednesday.