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Warriors Wrap

The Second Coming

After last week's loss to Miami in Oakland, the Warriors were staring down the barrel of a seven game losing streak with the week not yet even over. A game against the Seattle Sonics on Friday didn't exactly provide a golden (forgive the pun) opportunity to expunge Golden State's losing ways and the Richardson-less Warriors fell in inglorious fashion 103-84.

Scarcely able to catch their breath, the Warriors headed back to Oakland for a game on Saturday against the Kobe-less Lakers. (Even with Kobe on the floor, the Lakers are far from the dominant force they were a few years ago.)

As a result, the Warriors hung around for most of the game, but eventually faded in the fourth quarter dropping the contest by two, 104-102. Golden State's Derek Fisher put forth an inspired 29-point performance against his former team.

Monday brought a game against the Denver Nuggets. Lacking Marcus Camby, Nene, and Francisco Elson due to league suspension's, Denver still had potent threats in the form of Carmelo Anthony and the former Warrior Earl Boykins.

Finally recovered from a debilitating ankle injury, Jason Richardson returned to the floor for the Warriors. Any doubts about JR's fitness and health were dispelled in quick order as he unloaded a 42-point night. Troy Murphy added 22 and Speedy Claxton contributed 18 in the Warriors most gratifying win of 2005…their only win of 2005 so far, winning 107-97.

With a three-day break between games, the Warriors have time to savor the win against Denver and the return of Jason Richardson. With their most potent offensive threat back on the floor, Golden State would appear to have a reasonable chance of testing the Lakers (sans Kobe) in Los Angeles this Friday.

The week closes out with a home game against the Lebron James led Cleveland Cavaliers. James and crew have improved dramatically in the past year and are positioned second in the Eastern Conference race. The last time these two teams met in November, Lebron and the Cavs handed the Warriors a 99-88 loss. However, with the return of Jason Richardson comes the hope that Golden State can at least compete.