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Warriors Wrap

Punchless Warriors Drop Three in a Row

Last week's inspired fourth win over the Toronto Raptors fanned the waning embers of hope that the Warriors had perhaps turned the corner and better things were on the horizon. With the New Year a scant few days away, Warriors fans had cause to celebrate and hope for new beginnings. Unfortunately, these are still the Golden State Warriors and all good things must come to an end

2005 began with a road trip to Portland. The Warriors opened the game with a sizzling 31 point quarter opening up a 13 point lead over the middling Trailblazers. Momentum shifted in favor of Portland in the 2nd and 3rd quarters allowing the Trailblazers an opportunity to cut the lead to six by the end of the 3rd. The bottom dropped out in the fourth for the Warriors as Portland unleashed hell with a 32 point 4th quarter that clinched a nine point Portland win.

An opportunity for redemption arrived in the form of a home game against a mediocre Eastern Conference opponent, the Philadelphia 76ers. Sporting throwback uniforms, the Warriors failed to achieve much aside from nostalgia for days of yore when said team was considered a championship contender. Despite another solid first quarter (29 points), the Warriors were unable to sustain any momentum, dropping all three remaining quarters as Allen Iverson and crew racked up a win in Oakland.

Despite the end of the season high win streak and two straight losses (not to mention some tumultuous roster shuffling), the Warriors exuded confidence in kicking off the first game of their East Coast road trip in Boston. In the words of guard Speedy Claxton, "We're still a confident group. We beat Boston already, we beat Toronto already, and we beat Chicago already. There's no reason we can't beat them again." True enough, but apparently Speedy forgot the schizophrenic nature of the team he plays for. The Warriors lost in heart wrenching fashion on Wednesday, 84-83.

Next on deck for the Warriors are the struggling New Jersey Nets on Friday. Seems like a perfect opportunity for the recently acquired Vince Carter to find his game and if history is any indication, he likely will against the Warriors.