Not quite a recap, as I couldn’t watch the game, but listened on radio. Still found a few things worth noting.
Turiaf not available, sore knee.
As I predicted, Azubuike starts at the 2, not Morrow or Curry, despite the looks Nellie is giving them in training camp.
And right out of the gate, Buike draws a charge on Baron Davis. Barnett: “According to Keith Smart, KA has been one of the two top defenders in training camp.”
Baron Davis’ 1st quarter stats: 4pts on 2-7, 1 ass., 2 to’s. THAT is why KA is the starter for Don Nelson.
Oh, and by the way, KA’s 1 quarter stats: 7 pts. on 3-6, 5 rb, 1 bs.
3:00 1st quarter, PICK AND ROLL MONTA/BIEDRINS. The first of hundreds to be unleashed on the league this year. Unguardable.
00:32 1st quarter, Anthony Randolph leads the 2 on 1 fast break, gets KA a layup at 00:30, preserving the 2 for 1.
Randolph’s 1st quarter: 0-5, but 4 DEFENSIVE rbs, 2 assists, 2 bs. Warriors outrebound Clips 13-10. THAT’S what we need.
It takes the The Blackhole (CM) all of 49 seconds to get to the line.
He then draws a charge at PF. Yes, Nellie has gone small. Will CM accept this, or will he go all Al Harrington upside Nellie’s head by midseason?
Anthony Morrow in, Kareem Rush hits 2 straight 3s, then Ricky Davis hits one. Coincidence?
Morrow retaliates with a 3 pt. barrage of his own, on several feeds from Stephen Curry.
Curry to Morrow 2 point buzzer beater. One thing is now obvious. Nellie has picked up the scent of something juicy: CURRY AND MORROW MUST BE ON THE FLOOR TOGETHER AT ALL TIMES. Curry knows how to get him the ball.
Curry’s 2nd Q stats: 2 pts., 6 assists, 0 turnovers, 3 steals.
WOW. Just preseason, but these are the first indications of a BASKETBALL PLAYER.
Morrow’s 2nd Q stats: 15 pts on 6-8 (3-5 3s), 0 rb, 0 ass. Not too shabby either. At the end of this season, he should buy Curry an Escalade.
I apologize for the drop-off in my second half observations. My video-addicted ADD brain wandered a lot…
Stephen Curry: Poor shooting, but 9 assists and 5 steals. I ask you, how does a rookie get those kind of assist and steal numbers in his first, albeit preseason, NBA game? This kid has a special kind of basketball intelligence, and I think we’re going to have a lot of fun watching him this season.
Morrow lights out. Again: Stephen Curry, Escalade.
Morrow also made a couple of plays, including a nice upfake, drive and dish to KA for a layup. He couldn’t do that last year. From the post-game interview: “Nellie wanted me to work on this. I’m more comfortable with the ball in my hands this year.”
In the 3rd Q, Maggette grabbed an offensive rebound and putback, closely followed by drawing another charge, prompting Barnett to comment: “Maggette is working hard in the 4 spot.” Say what you want about Maggette, and a lot of Warriors fans aren’t crazy about him, but he’s a tough and hardworking dude, and a very talented basketball player.
Mikki Moore appears deadly from 15-17 ft. Nellie will make use of this talent. Another reason why the non-shooter Brandan Wright caught a bad break: MM is a player he could have paired with in the frontcourt to good effect.
Who is DeAndre Jordan? He laid a Hilton Armstrong on the Ws. And it WASN’T Brandan Wright’s fault.
Not KA’s best shooting night, but a terrific all-around game starting with his defense and rebounding (10). Barnett: “KA is not flashy, but he gets it done. He fills up the stat sheet.”
Barnett on Randolph: Don’t expect him to be a superstar this year. He needs at least one more year. But eventually “Randolph is going to be a Chris Bosh type player.” Hmmmm…
Very mediocre game from Monta in limited minutes. Preplanned? Taking it easy, or worrisome?