Wrapping up the Warriors' road trip

March 6, 2012, 5:08 pm
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The Warriors went 2-3 on their recently concluded five-gameroad trip and now are 15-20 for the season. They had a surprise win at Atlanta,but gave away that bonus victory with a dud of a loss at Toronto onSunday.Lets wrap up the road trip with some observations:Solid trip for Lee: Power forward DavidLee was the Warriors best player on the trip. He scored in double figures ineach of the teams five games and in four of those games also grabbeddouble-figures in rebounds.More importantly, Lee gave the Warriors a sliver of an insidepresence, taking advantage of some favorable matchups along the way.Why no Biedrins?: Warriors coach MarkJackson has taken center Andris Biedrins out of the starting lineup and isgoing with Ekpe Udoh. Thats fine, but something else is curious.With two minutes remaining in the Warriors blowout win overWashington, Lee was on the floor. Simple question: Why Lee and not Biedrins? IfBiedrins isnt going to start, why would Jackson not use him in the finalminutes of a game thats already been decided?Bottom line is that if youre not going to start Biedrinsand youre not going to use him to finish up lopsided games, there arent thatmany times you can actually use him.Slumping Nate: Its been a while sinceNate Robinson injected himself into a game in a positive way. He did some nicethings in the final game of the road trip against Washington, but that was agame that had been decided.With Stephen Curry missing significant playing time on thetrip, Robinson had a big-time opportunity to give the team a lift. But he strugglednoticeably and his shooting has dropped below 39 percent for the season.Sting of Toronto: The 83-75 loss to theRaptors on Sunday, unfortunately, was the signature game on the trip for theWarriors. It was that game -- more than any other that defined thetrip.In that game the Warriors scored just 28 points in thesecond half and lost a double-figure lead.If the Warriors had been able to beat Toronto, they wouldhave come home 3-2 on the trip, but more than that they would have been winnersof four of the past six road games.That loss to Toronto was the difference between a good tripand a disappointing one.

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