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Preview: Golden State Warriors return to Oakland to welcome Atlanta Hawks

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The Warriors wrap up the season series against the Hawks with their return home after their six-game road trip. Can they keep the magic found in OKC going back in Oakland?

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Matchup
Atlanta
Golden State Warriors
53-5 (24-0 HOME)
vs
Atlanta Hawks
33-27 (14-15 ROAD)
How To Watch
March 1, 2016
Oracle Arena — Oakland, CA
7:30 p.m. PST
CSN Bay Area | KNBR 680 AM
Blog Buddy: Peachtree Hoops
INJURIES

Festus Ezeli - OUT (Knee - Indefinitely)

Steph Curry - QUESTIONABLE (Ankle)

Tiago Splitter - OUT (hip)

★★★

Team overviews

The Warriors... return home after a challenging yet incredibly satisfying road trip that culminated with one of the best games of the year (decade? franchise history?). Steph Curry's heroics... one of the 20 things that happened in that game that were improbable and unbelievable. Where does this team go from there? Will all the rest of the games for the rest of the season be a letdown excitement-wise?

In all seriousness, Golden State touches back down on home soil with two full days to recover before welcoming the Hawks to Oracle. Steph Curry will be monitored for his ankle (to which he says he is OK) and listed as "questionable" entering the game. Otherwise, the team as a whole could use the extra time off to sort out internal conflict or to just give the vets some rest. This kicks off a busy week of games, but could signal some rest as the Warriors head to L.A. to face the Lakers on Sunday.

The Hawks... get another chance to challenge the Warriors on their way to Oakland. They are currently floundering at the bottom of the East, going 5-5 in their last 10. Atlanta cannot afford to keep losing ground in the playoff race, as they watch Detroit and even Washington inch themselves back into the playoff race. They kick off their current five day road trip by heading down to LA for two after Tuesday's match up against Golden State. Does this Hawks team have anything left in their season to make a serious playoff push?

The last time these two met...

Feb 22nd - Warriors won 102-92. This game was closer than the score dictated, sparked by a huge run that the Hawks put on during the 3rd quarter. The star of this run: Dennis Schroder. The Hawks were getting any shot they wanted using penetrations and dishes, with Schroder as the catalyst. With fresh legs, can the Warriors put in a better defensive effort to keep the Hawks at bay Tuesday?

What to make of this team?

The Hawks still remain dangerous - featuring Al Horford and Jeff Teague as the starting PG (for now). They have weapons, but they continue to struggle to score. They win the game by clamping down on the defensive end, and slowing the game to their pace. In their last two wins, both against playoff contenders in the Bulls and Hornets, they held their opponents under 90 pts. Can they be as effective against red-hot Steph Curry, the robot Draymond Green and Hogwarts-own Klay Thompson?

Predictions

Home cooking is all the Warriors need, but this one will swing depending on if Curry can play or if he rests. If Curry plays, Warriors run away with this one at home. if Curry sits, Warriors play this one close. With Curry - 110-87. Without Curry - 95-88.