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                === Warriors welcome Blazers to Oracle Arena ===
 
 (Sports  Network) -  The  Golden State  Warriors  will try  to  avoid a  third
 consecutive  loss  on Friday when  they close  out a two-game homestand versus
 the Portland Trail Blazers at Oracle Arena.
 
 Golden  State kicked off its stay in disappointing fashion on Wednesday, as it
 dropped a 94-87 decision to the Memphis Grizzlies.
 
 Stephen Curry paced the Warriors with 24 points, while Klay Thompson logged 20
 points, seven rebounds and seven assists in the setback.
 
 It's  only the  second time this season that Golden State has dropped back-to-
 back games. It had won four in a row prior to this slide.
 
 "We played two teams who we are trying to chase. Two teams who are right there
 in  front  of us  in the standings  who we understand  have been playing great
 basketball  just  like we  have,"  Curry  said. "There  is  no  need to  panic
 especially  with the month  we have coming with the teams coming and the teams
 on the road. We just have to keep grinding and play 48 minutes."
 
 Defensively,  the Warriors  are struggling, especially inside where they allow
 an  average of 40.8 points in the paint. However, they gave up 56 in a loss to
 the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday then 60 to the Grizzlies.
 
 Golden  State is  5-10 when yielding at  least 41 points in the paint and 17-2
 when allowing 40 or fewer.
 
 "That's  the  strength of their  team, is grinding  in the paint and offensive
 rebounding," said David Lee, who has double-doubles in 11 of his last 14 games
 against  Portland, including  each  of the  last  three. "It's  disappointing,
 because that's been one of our strengths throughout the season, and we've just
 got to come back and do a better job of it next game."
 
 Portland,  meanwhile, comes into tonight's tilt following a thrilling win over
 the  Miami Heat.  The Trail  Blazers  won their  ninth straight  home game  on
 Thursday,  as Wesley Matthews nailed a pair of 3-pointers in the final minute,
 including the go-ahead triple with 26.9 seconds left in a 92-90 win.
 
 "You  believe, you play hard, you compete, you play the right way and you play
 with confidence, the basketball gods look out for you," Matthews said.
 
 Nicolas  Batum  had 28 points,  seven rebounds  and five assists for Portland,
 which  has won four  in a row overall and hasn't dropped a home decision since
 Dec. 8 against the Sacramento Kings.
 
 Portland  took three of four from the Warriors last season, but has dropped 12
 of 14 and 13 of 17 as the visitors in this series.
 
 01/11 10:38:55 ET