With a favorable schedule at home, the Warriors sense they can make a run to close out the regular season.

Beginning Friday when Atlanta visits Oracle Arena, the Warriors will play nine of their next 11 games at home and 13 of their final 20 games there.

"Now it's time to go back to Oracle, and our thought is that we shouldn't lose any more games at home this year, and it's something that we talked about," Warriors forward David Lee said.

They are 18-10 at home so far, but shooting for perfection might not be unreasonable. Nine of the Warriors' 13 opponents at home wouldn't qualify for the playoffs if the season ended today, and the Hawks are the Eastern Conference's current No. 8 seed with a 26-33 record.

But as the Warriors have seen before, wins don't come automatically. They are coming off a 4-2 trip, but the last time the Warriors came off a productive eastern swing, winning six of seven in late December and early January, they proceeded to lose five of their next eight home games.

The lack of being up for some of those home games was labeled last month "a concern" by co-owner Joe Lacob, who said he couldn't explain why the Warriors couldn't play consistently in an arena widely recognized for the home-court advantage it provides.

Particular frustrating for the team was a Dec. 19 home loss to San Antonio, which was missing Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker. Losses at home to Denver and Charlotte were also noted by Lacob as games that should have been wins for the Warriors.


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"We've got to be better at home, but give teams credit whether it be a Spurs team that somehow is battling for the best team in the Western Conference even though they've been short-handed for a bunch or a Washington team that finds itself in the playoffs in the Eastern Conference," Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. "It doesn't look so crazy -- or a Charlotte team -- it doesn't look so crazy that you lost to those guys.

"We're going home playing some pretty good basketball, and it's a great opportunity for us to continue to build."

Jackson was asked last week if reaching 14 games over .500 -- a high in his tenure at Golden State -- would mean a lot to him, and he said it would be just another win.

"I didn't get caught up in it when folks were panicking," Jackson said then. "Why get caught up in it now?"

Now that the Warriors are 38-24, they are looking for more, as they currently have the No. 6 seed in the Western Conference.

"You've just got to play every possession like it's your last, give it everything you've got, because we've only got 20 games left in the regular season," guard Klay Thompson said.

  • Backup point guard Steve Blake has 21 assists and one turnover over the past five games, and his strong play has allowed Stephen Curry to rest more often.

    "My minutes are down, and I've been able to try to be more efficient, which is helpful," Curry said.

    For more on the Warriors, see the Inside the Warriors blog at ibabuzz.com/warriors. Follow Diamond Leung on Twitter at twitter.com/diamond83.

    FRIDAY'S GAME
    Atlanta (26-33) at Warriors (38-24), 7:30 p.m. CSNBA

    THE ROAD HOME
    With 13 of their final 20 games at home, the Warriors have a chance to finish strong. Here's a look at their remaining games at home, where they are 18-10:
    Date Opponent (record)
    Friday Atlanta (26-33)
    Sunday Phoenix (36-25)
    Tuesday Dallas (36-26)
    March 14 Cleveland (24-38)
    March 18 Orlando (19-44)
    March 20 Milwaukee (12-48)
    March 22 S. Antonio (45-16)
    March 28 Memphis (34-26)
    March 30 New York (22-40)
    April 4 Sacramento (22-39)
    April 6 Utah (21-40)
    April 10 Denver (26-34)
    April 14 Minnesota (30-30)