NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Friday, November 23rd (All times eastern)
Golden State Warriors (3-7) at Washington Wizards (6-5), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The red-hot Washington Wizards take aim at their seventh straight win this evening, when they host the Golden State Warriors at the Verizon Center.
Washington dropped the first five games of the season, but has ripped off six straight wins, including Wednesday's 114-111 overtime victory at Charlotte Bobcats Arena.
Caron Butler scored a career-high 39 points and hit 13-of-23 shots from the floor, as the Wizards posted the third straight win without their leading scorer. Prior to the game, the team announced that All-Star guard Gilbert Arenas is expected to miss three months of action due to a torn meniscus in his left knee that required surgery earlier in the day. Arenas missed the prior two games with the injury which is in the same knee that required offseason surgery, also for a torn meniscus.
Antawn Jamison added 27 points and 12 rebounds in the win for Washington, which will open a four-game road trip at Memphis, Dallas, San Antonio and Philadelphia after Friday's game.
In more injury news for Washington, center Brendan Haywood is questionable for Friday's game because of a sprained left ankle. Haywood did not play in the win over the Bobcats.
Golden State will continue its five-game road trip and had a three-game winning streak come to an end after Wednesday's 105-82 setback to the Boston Celtics at TD Banknorth Garden.
Monta Ellis tallied 21 points on 10-for-15 shooting off the bench for the Warriors, who were held to a season low 82 points and fell to 2-1 on the current road trip. Stephen Jackson had 15 points and Baron Davis netted 13 in a losing cause.
The Warriors will close out the trek on Saturday at Philadelphia. In injury news for Golden State, forward Al Harrington (personal) is probable for Friday's game.
Washington and Golden State split a pair of meetings last season, but the Wizards have won four of six and five of the last eight meetings.
Golden State has lost its last two games in D.C.
11/23 10:55:20 ET