Slumping teams meet as Warriors visit Wizards

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Slumping teams meet as Warriors visit Wizards

March 2, 2011

WARRIORS (26-33) vs.
WASHINGTON (15-44)

Coverage begins at 3:30 P.M. on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area

WASHINGTON DC (AP) -- Golden State is off to a poor start on its longest road trip of the season. Even a matchup with the lowly Washington Wizards might not guarantee things will get better for the struggling Warriors.

The Warriors look to avoid a fifth consecutive loss overall Wednesday night to the Wizards, who have dropped six in a row themselves.

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After losing to Boston and Atlanta on a brief homestand, Golden State (26-33) has dropped the first two stops on its seven-game trip. The Warriors opened the stretch with a 126-123 loss at struggling Minnesota on Sunday, then followed with a 109-100 defeat at Indiana on Tuesday.

The four-game skid likely drained any momentum the Warriors built up by winning seven of the previous nine contests. Golden State is 12th in the Western Conference, 6 12 games out of the eighth and final playoff spot.

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While Golden State ranks near the bottom of the NBA allowing 105.9 points per game, it has given up 111.3 per contest the last four games.

The Warriors allowed Indiana to shoot 51.2 percent from the field in the second half Tuesday.

"I think we're focused on what we're trying to do," guard Stephen Curry said of the Warriors' defense. "We have a lot of effort. We have to look at film and see what teams are doing. I'm trying to find an answer. I don't really have one."

Though it would seem Golden State has a good chance to get back on track versus a Washington team that has lost 17 of 20, the Warriors have lost three of four overall and two straight on the road against the Wizards.

Washington averaged 115.0 points on 51.1 percent shooting to sweep the two-game season series versus Golden State in 2009-10.

The Wizards (15-44), however, have averaged 92.5 points during their current six-game skid. Washington has lost four of the last eight games by 20 or more points.

It shot 35.6 percent in Monday's 105-77 home loss to Chicago.

"Our fans were trying to fight back for us," said Washington forward Andray Blatche, who has totaled 46 points and 18 rebounds the last two home games versus Golden State. "But it came to the point where we didn't give them no reason to fight back after we were down by 20-something."

Though Washington has struggled, rookie point guard John Wall is playing better. Despite being held to nine points against Chicago, Wall has averaged 19.9 the last seven games.

He'll matchup for the first time against Curry, who has totaled 53 points the last two games. The second-year point guard scored 27 points in each of the two losses to Washington last season.

Curry had 20 points while Reggie Williams scored 25 off the bench Tuesday as the Warriors, who could not hold a nine-point first-half lead.

Among the NBA scoring leaders averaging 24.7 points, Golden State's Monta Ellis was held to 13 at Indiana. He's averaged 16.0 points during the four-game skid.

A day after Washington bought out the contract of veteran Mike Bibby, who played just two games since being traded to the Wizards last week, the club did the same with forward Al Thornton on Tuesday.

The Warriors are reportedly interested in the forward, who averaged 8.0 points and 3.2 rebounds in 49 games for the Wizards.

Report: Warriors agree to two-way NBA contract with Oregon F Boucher

Report: Warriors agree to two-way NBA contract with Oregon F Boucher

The Warriors bought Oregon's Jordan Bell in the second round of the 2017 NBA Draft. And, they reportedly agreed with another Duck.

Golden State is signing Oregon forward Chris Boucher to a two-way NBA contract after the senior went undrafted, according to Shams Charina of The Vertical.

Boucher, at 6-foot-10 and 200 pounds, averaged 11.8 points and 6.1 rebounds in 31 games for Oregon this past season. He also averaged 2.5 blocks per game and shot 35 percent from beyond the arc. 

Boucher suffered a torn ACL in the Pac-12 semifinals against Cal. 

NBA rosters will grow to 17 players with two-way contracts between the G-League and players will make a guarantee of at least $75,000. Players who sign two-ways contracts can make up to $275,000 depending on how long they are on an NBA roster.

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from Giants dropping series vs Braves

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from Giants dropping series vs Braves

BOX SCORE

SAN FRANCISCO — The kid who raced The Freeze on Thursday night blew a tire as he hit center field, hobbled for about 50 feet, and then went down for good. He still had a better night than the Giants. 

They blew all four tires in the fifth, giving up eight runs in a nightmare frame that turned a two-run lead into a 12-11 loss. The Giants finished 1-7 on the swing through Denver and Atlanta, and they have lost 18 of their last 23 games. 

But, let’s face it, you’re here already. So here are five more things to know from the night … 

—- Matt Cain was hanging in there until the fifth, and then … disaster. The inning started with Brandon Phillips’ solo shot that cut the lead to one. Then it went single, single before Cain was relieved by Bryan Morris. After that, it was single, single, single, sacrifice fly, homer, flyout, walk, single, pitching change, single. 

—- Morris had to wear it in the fifth because the bullpen is short, and boy, did he wear it. Morris gave up five runs on five hits and a walk. His ERA jumped two full points in two-thirds of an inning. 

—- Kyle Crick made his MLB debut in that horrendous bottom of the fifth. The Giants surely did not want to bring him in with runners on, but Bruce Bochy had no choice when Morris blew up. Crick’s first pitch was a 95 mph heater. After giving up a hit in that inning, he pitched a perfect sixth and perfect seventh. Crick topped out at 97 mph. Pretty, pretty good stuff there. He needs to get a long look the rest of this year. 

—- In the second, Buster Posey hit a ball that went 311 feet and had a hit probability of just six percent. Cain hit a ball 357 feet. Posey got a homer that bounced off the top of the wall; Cain just got a double. Baseball is such an odd game.  

—- On a positive note, Javi Lopez, who calls Brandon Belt “Sparky,” repeatedly referred to Posey as Gerald. He’s going to be good at this job.