Monthly Archives: November 2009

Pre-Game Jitters

Hey, the Warriors are actually favorites tonight!  How long has it been since that happened?  The Pacers will enter the Oracle having lost 4 of their last 5 games. This is not the same team that won three straight by beating the Warriors back in Indiana.  Why not?  For a very simple reason:  Troy Murphy is back.

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Don’t Be a Hater: Lakers 130 Warriors 97

My recap of this game has been posted on the Golden State of Mind Warriors blog.  Comment here or there as you like, I will be checking both.

Pre-Game Jitters

Monta vs. Kobe!  The Lakers invade the Oracle tonight.  We’re hoping that the newly super-charged Warriors can get an upset win, but let’s be real, all eyes will be focused on the battle of one-named wonders.  Can Monta do to Kobe what he did to Brandon Roy?

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Bobcats Update

The Bobcats blew out the Raptors 116-81 in their last game. A quick look at the boxscore shows us that Toronto’s wings (DeRozan, Belinelli, Turkoglu, Jack) were a combined 9-37 from the field, for a shooting percentage of less than .250. Do you think adding Stephen Jackson to Gerald Wallace on the wings has helped the Bobcats defense?

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The Full Monta: Spurs 118 Warriors 104

After a grueling back-to-back at the poker tables, feltbot is beat.  My mind is cramping like a Monta Ellis calf muscle. And I partied like it was 1999 with some long-lost friends last night, just as you are supposed to do on Thanksgiving.  So for this recap I’m going to pass the ball over to Marcus Thompson at Inside the Warriors, who really lit it up from three with his analysis of this game.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  Thanks for reading, and for all the great feedback.

And get well soon, Nellie!

Crazy Nellie: The Randolph Conundrum

“…a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma.”            – Winston Churchill

Now that Jackson is gone, and the Ellis/Curry backcourt is no longer as controversial as it was, the Bay Area media have picked up a new hammer to beat Don Nelson over the head with: the playing time of the Warriors tantalizingly gifted young big man, Anthony Randolph.  After witnessing last night’s game, overhearing an interesting comment by Coach Keith Smart, and coming across an article on the Suns’ tantalizingly gifted young big man, Earl Clark,  I feel ready to drop my thoughts on this matter:

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Pre-Game Jitters

Whew!  Can’t we just take a couple of days off, and let that last win soak in for a while? Can’t we just lay back and bathe in our impressions of an inspired team playing beautiful Don Nelson run and gun basketball?  Nope.   Tonight the Warriors get the lovely treat of playing in San Antonio on a back-to-back.  That’s the brutal reality of the NBA.

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Six is Enough: Warriors 111 Mavericks 103

That gasp I heard as the Warriors seized control in the fourth quarter, was that the Mavs fans?  Was it Mavs owner/GM Mark Cuban once again suffering a melted brain?  Or was it the sound of The Warriors Bet coming off life-support?

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Pre-Game Jitters

A lot of interesting story lines to this game, not least of which is whether Coach Keith Smart, filling in during Nellie’s sick leave, will stick to the Nellie philosophy regarding matchups.  Dallas throws a lot of wrinkles themselves into their lineups, so this game may see some interesting chess moves.

Starting at center.  Not sure what’s up with Dampier, but the Mavs went with Gooden in the post last game.  Do the Warriors need to matchup big with him, or could they go small right off the bat?

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Bobcats Update

Bobcats Update: The Bobcats beat a good Pacers team 104-88 tonight.  The Bobcats are now 3-1 ATS since Jackson joined the team, 2-1 ATS since I began the Bobcats Bet.  The line of -1 indicates to me that the bookies are still behind the curve on the new-look Bobcats.

I watched this game, and ascribe this win largely to the efforts of Stephen Jackson.  He is still struggling to find his role in Brown’s offense, but put the Bobcats on his back defensively.  He held Danny Granger to 18 pts. on 5-14 shooting.

Ball game.

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