Warriors Prepare for Potential Final Trip to Sacramento To Face the Kings

Patrick HightowerContributor IMarch 14, 2011

OAKLAND, CA - JANUARY 21:  Monta Ellis #8 of the Golden State Warriors drives to the basket during their game against the Sacramento Kings at Oracle Arena on January 21, 2011 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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The Warriors certainly must have enjoyed their bus trip to Sacramento after defeating the Timberwolves last night by a score of 100-77.  After all, they won this game in an aspect that no one expected the Warriors to excel and succeed in this season—with interior defense.

One member who had a huge contribution defensively was Warriors power forward David Lee.  At one point in the second half, Lee even asked the coach to let him go back into the game to make sure that Kevin Love did not achieve his double-double.  

When asked why Lee wanted to go back in, Lee simply replied, "Love embarrassed us in Minnesota.  When you lose like we did in Minnesota, your pride has to come into play when you have the opportunity."

The Warriors will need a defensive presence from David Lee as well as Ekpe Udoh in order to contain and frustrate Sacramento Kings power forward DeMarcus Cousins.  Cousins finished with 19 points and 11 rebounds during the Kings last game against the New Orleans Hornets.

One thing that Warriors fans will be happy to know is that DeMarcus Cousins tends to get himself into foul trouble.  This fact is something that Warriors guards Monta Ellis, Stephen Curry (and perhaps, bench player Al Thornton) will need to keep in mind.  

If the Warriors attack the basket against Cousins and the depleted roster of the Sacramento Kings (Beno Udrih and Tyreke Evans likely out, although Udrih is a game-time decision), then they should have no problem extending their winning streak to three games.

Also, this may indeed be the final trip that the Warriors will ever make to Power Balance Pavilion (formerly known as the ARCO Arena).  The Sacramento Kings are reportedly looking for a new home for next season and beyond.  All sources are pointing to the city of Anaheim, California.  

While the Warriors and Kings' Northern California rivalry may not be known nationally, when these two teams play each other, two things are certain: lots of shots are going to be taken, and, more often than not, lots of points will be scored.  

If the Warriors continue to build on last night's win and emphasize interior defense during the remainder of this season, the Warriors will certainly end the season very motivated to continue that momentum in seasons to come.

Tonight's game at Power Balance Pavilion begins at 7:00 p.m.