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News » Warriors ready for road test

Warriors ready for road test

Warriors ready for road test
OAKLAND Perhaps the Warriors' 4-20 record away from home thus far shouldn't be too surprising considering the injuries they've had, the conference they play in and the relative youth that dots their roster.

Then again, it would be tough for anyone to explain away the road losses to Sacramento, Memphis, Washington, Oklahoma City and Minnesota, teams with a combined 56-164 record through Monday's games.

So the question is whether the Warriors can become a better road team as healthy bodies return to the lineup and less-experienced players learn from past transgressions.

"We gained some confidence being at home and with Monta (Ellis) coming back; I think everybody feels better already," center Andris Biedrins said Tuesday before the team left for Dallas, where it starts a three-game road trip tonight. "Finally we can see how good we can be."

The Warriors went 4-3 in their recently concluded seven-game homestand at Oracle Arena. All three losses were by a combined four points.

It remains to be seen, though, whether the Warriors can carry that effort into opposing buildings.

"You never know about that," coach Don Nelson said. "You never know where your losses or your wins are coming from. You've just got to try to keep playing well.

"Like I said (after Sunday's 107-92 win over the Los Angeles Clippers), I thought we played better in our losses than we did in (that game)."

The Warriors were bound to take some lumps on the road this season with several players in their first or second year in the NBA.

Biedrins said the tough part for him being on the road during his rookie season (2004-05) was staying mentally prepared even though his number wasn't called that often. Veteran forward Corey Maggette said some rookies tend to "hit the wall" after 50 or so games because of the travel and demands on their time before they eventually regroup.

"After the first six to eight weeks of the season, you kind of learn how to be a professional," rookie forward Rob Kurz said. "You watch the veterans and how they prepare. I feel like we have some really great vets on the team, and they've really kind of showed me the ropes."

Notes: Guard Jamal Crawford (bruised right knee) practiced mostly at full speed Tuesday, but Nelson said he'll have to wait until today to see if Crawford is available to play. If Crawford does start tonight, he will play shooting guard with Ellis running the point, Nelson said. ... Biedrins had his sprained left wrist taped during practice and said he is at about 90 percent heading into tonight's game. ... Swingman Marco Belinelli (sprained right ankle) and forward Brandan Wright (partial dislocation, left shoulder) remain out indefinitely.

Contact Curtis Pashelka at cpashelka@bayareanewsgroup.comTODAY: at Mavericks, 6 p.m. TV: CSNBA, ESPN. Radio: 1050-AM

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