Golden State Warriors Look to Bounce Back on the Road Against the Indiana Pacers

Patrick HightowerContributor IFebruary 28, 2011

Monta Ellis pulls up for a mid-range jumpshot agains the Minnesota Timberwolves
Monta Ellis pulls up for a mid-range jumpshot agains the Minnesota TimberwolvesEzra Shaw/Getty Images

The Golden State Warriors will attempt to put an end to their three-game losing streak tomorrow evening against the Indiana Pacers. 

While some of the Warriors’ struggles and defeats the last three games included a nine-minute scoreless stretch at home against the Boston Celtics, an overall flat offensive performance at home against the Atlanta Hawks and a lack of emphasis on rebounding in Minnesota resulting in a tough, yet more competitive loss against the Timberwolves, the Warriors look to bounce back against an Indiana Pacers team that has lost two games in a row and four out of its last six games. 

Tomorrow’s game will be the second in a seven-game road trip that is extremely important for the Warriors. 

This road trip is important for a few reasons. In the next 10 days, some of the teams that the Warriors will face are the Indiana Pacers, Washington Wizards, an improved Philadelphia 76ers team, the Cleveland Cavaliers and the New Jersey Nets. Many NBA fans will agree that the Warriors should be able to execute their game plan against these teams and earn some much needed victories. 

Also, one could argue that this road trip is an opportunity for the Warriors to build confidence towards their goal of becoming a playoff team in the near future.  With players such as Carmelo Anthony departing Denver for New York and Deron Williams leaving Utah for New Jersey, many would agree that the final playoff spot in the Western Conference is within reach for a handful of teams, including the Warriors, if they can get some quality wins against these teams during this road-trip.

Two Warriors players that will need to carry the success of their two previous games are Stephen Curry and David Lee. Curry matched a season-high with five 3-pointers against the Timberwolves and scored 33 points. Curry also totaled a career-best 11 rebounds.

Rebounding is an aspect that the Warriors must improve upon if they want to climb into the playoff picture. David Lee recorded 20 points and 10 rebounds for the second consecutive contest. 

If the Warriors are going to establish themselves as a playoff team, momentum from Stephen Curry's and David Lee’s previous games must continue. Their efforts toward effective shot-selection and rebounding, along with Monta Ellis’ usual heroic efforts against the Pacers (including a 40.5 point per game average against the Pacers this season) will definitely be what the Warriors need to remain competitive in the Western Conference.