The Washington Times - March 27, 2011, 11:55AM

The Wizards are at the Oracle Arena in Oakland tonight to take on the Golden State Warriors. The 31-42 Warriors are out of the playoff chase, so that extra gear teams shift into while fighting for seeding isn’t needed out of this squad.The Warriors won 106-102 the last time these two teams met back on March 2nd Verizon Center.

It’s the first night of a back-to-back for the Wizards, who will face the Jazz in Utah on Monday before returning home.


The Warriors are led by their backcourt tandem of Monta Ellis and Stephen Curry. Ellis averages 24 points per game; Curry averages 18. John Wall and Jordan Crawford will be the likely starting combo to take on the duo.

Wall averages 16 points per game, while Crawford has been on an offensive tear of late, scoring in double-digits in his last nine games.

Crawford was the Wizards leading scorer with 19 points in the Wizards last game against the Denver Nuggets on Friday, and although the team lost by 20 points, Crawford did provide a bright spot, and understands how the team let the Nuggets get away from them.

“We didn’t run them off their threes. They did a good job at making threes and I think that is what is so tough about them,” Crawford said.

Wall saw the game much the same way Crawford did.

“They [the Nuggets] played a lot of threes, they really got it going and they got a lot of second chance points,” Wall said.

“It is good because they have two guys that are attacking and they have improved their shooting,” Wall said.

The guys Wall is talking about are Nuggets guards Ty Lawson and Raymond Felton, and going up against Curry and Ellis tonight won’t be much easier. Curry scored 20 points to Wall’s 14 in their last matchup.

Young led all scorers in that contest with 31, but Young has been hobbled by a knee bruise and will be playing at far less than his best if he is able to go tonight.

Saunders has stated that over the last few games remaining in this season, what he hopes to see is that the team continues to play hard. And, a little aggressiveness wouldn’t hurt. Saunders thought that quality was lacking in the Denver game.

“We were reacting instead of being more aggressive. I just told them to be more aggressive,” Saunders said after the loss to the Nuggets.

The Wizards and Warriors tip off tonight at 9.