Warriors-Hornets: What to watch for

March 21, 2012, 4:43 pm
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The Warriors will try to avoid equaling a season-high five-game losing streak when they play the Hornets in New Orleans on Wednesday.It is the first game of a back-to-back for the Warriors. Theyll play at Houston on Thursday.Here are some things to watch for during Wednesdays Warriors-Hornets game:Establish consistency: Since trading Monta Ellis to the Milwaukee Bucks last week, the Warriors have been all over the map with their effort level.The Warriors played back-to-back solid games against Sacramento and the Boston Celtics, coming away with a win against the Kings. But the Warriors looked brutal last Friday in a loss to Milwaukee. They came back and played a very good game in Utah, losing to the Jazz in overtime, but then played one of their worst first halves of the season against the Timberwolves on Monday.The Warriors have 23 games remaining in a season in which the goals and priorities have changed. The Warriors are no longer realistic about their playoff chances and instead are focusing on the future.Still, Warriors coach Mark Jacksons task is to make sure his team stays conscientious for the rest of the season and puts in a good effort game in and game out.Find out about Jenkins: Rookie point guard Charles Jenkins has been playing a little bit more since Ellis has been traded with mixed results.Jenkins has been backing up Nate Robinson, but it isnt clear whether or not hes ready for a full-time backup role or more minutes.Look for Jackson to use the remaining 23 games to try to figure out whether Jenkins is in the teams long-term plans or not.Biedrins status: Center Andris Biedrins has become the forgotten man on the Warriors this season. Quite simply, he started the season poorly with his play and he hasnt gotten any better since.He is listed as questionable for the game against the Hornets because of a strained groin. But in terms of the big picture, the question is whether or not Biedrins can show any positive signs in the last part of the season that he might be able to carry over to 2012-13.