Monthly Archives: December 2009

Pre-Game Jitters: Grizzlies

The Warriors are +7.5 road dogs to the Memphis Grizzlies?  Wow, when is the last time you saw a Warriors/Grizzlies line like that?  Unfortunately, I can’t find much fault with it.  This ain’t your grandpappy’s Grizzlies.  This team has a loaded starting lineup, and they are really starting to play.  In the last three weeks, they’ve beaten the Mavs, the Cavs, and the Nuggets at home.  Impressive.

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GSoM Party 118 Warriors 109

The Thaiblonde and I rocked the GSoM holiday party at the Oracle last night.  It was great to meet up with the whole crew of GSoM for the first time.  Great group of guys, great Warriors fans, great writers.  And I also met Dan Turman of Fear the Beard fame. So cool.  Awesome time.  Thanks, GSoM!

Watching the Warriors play was only the second most fun thing I did at the game, so I’m not going to drop a recap.  I did notice a couple of things out of the corner of my eye, though:

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Pre-Game Jitters: Wizards

Hey, the Warriors are a 3 point favorite tonight!  Say what?  Well, the Warriors are facing the Washington Wizards, a team ridden with dissension, beset by trade rumors, and the proud owners of a nearly identical record to the Warriors. And they’re on a 6-game losing streak.

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Bone Spurs: Spurs 103 Warriors 91

Another day, another Warrior bites the dust.  Before the game, the Warriors got the news that Mikki Moore will need surgery for the bone spurs in his ankle that have been plaguing him this season.  Moore struggled as best he could on this injury for several weeks, unwilling to leave the team while it was so desperate for big men.  But apparently it got too bad to continue.  As a fan, I am greatly appreciative of what Moore did for the team this season.  He gave everything he had, playing through pain.

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Pre-Game Jitters: Spurs

After that last road trip, my jitters are getting bad.  And now my computer is shrieking non-stop that the Warriors are in trade talks!  Horrors!  Is it too early to hit the Lagavulin?

What I need is a home game against a nice soft team like…  the Spurs?  The same Spurs that took a shellacking against the Suns last night, and are going to come into the Oracle mad as hornets and with their ears red from a Pop tongue-lashing?  Instead of a nice restorative Scotch, I’m being served a double oy latte. The Spurs are a +5 road favorite against the Warriors tonight.  Oy. Oy.

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The Answer: Sixers 117 Warriors 101

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.

Feltbot Joining Forces with GSoM!

I am honored to announce that I have been asked to join the team at the Golden State of Mind Warriors blog.  I will become a regular part of their preview/recap rotation, starting with tonight’s game at the Sixers.

In case  you’re unfamiliar with the GSoM blog, it is my favorite site for insightful, witty and cutting edge Warriors coverage.  The quality of the analysis at GSoM, and the strong and vibrant community of Warriors fans that they have assembled, is to my mind unsurpassed among sports blogs.  And besides being cool guys and great writers, they have a strong vision of where they want to take their blog.  I would not be at all surprised to see Golden State of Mind become the leading media outlet covering the Golden State Warriors some time in the future.

So it is with tremendous excitement that I join the “Unstoppable Baby!” GSoM crew.  Now if we can just get this Warriors team to cooperate, and give us a little something to write about!

Pre-Game Jitters: Sixers

Let’s see, the Sixers are losers of 12 straight.  And the Warriors have beaten them straight up 6 out of the last 7 times they’ve played, including twice in Philly.  But the oddsmakers have made the Warriors +5 road dogs in this game. What’s up with that?

To me it means a couple of things.  First of all, the Sixers are a desperate team, a team that will clearly take aim at the under-manned Warriors as a likely way to break their losing streak.  The Sixers are going to come with everything they have in this game.  Secondly, they are a team that is playing better, and with more pride, since the Allen Iverson farewell tour joined them. Their previous two games have gone right down to the wire. In their last game, they played the Houston Rockets close, outrebounding them by 12, before losing in the final seconds. This will be a very tough game for the Warriors.

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Engine Trouble: Pistons 104 Warriors 95

Stop! In the name of love. Before you break my heart.”

— The Supremes

Experience a numbing sense of deja vu when watching this loss?  Then the spot-on takes of Fantasy Junkie and Mike Massa are for you.

Andris Biedrins and Keith Smart weren’t the only ones to hear a clanking noise last night.  Feltbot put his tired act in the shop for a tuneup, and took the Thaiblonde to the city to listen to a little Motown.

Windy City: Bulls 96 Warriors 91

The wind chill in Chicago tonight was 12 degrees. It appeared that the Warriors felt it: they shot 38% in this game. I’m guessing in the second half it was a lot closer to 25%.  Its pretty tough to win on the road when you are that cold.  And yet, the Warriors looked like the better team for most of this game, and despite all their struggles, had a tie score and the ball with 24 seconds left.  They ran an isolation for Monta Ellis at the top of the key, he drove the lane, ignored Anthony Morrow standing wide open in the corner, and flung up a contested airball.  The Warrior’s frigid shooting continued in overtime, and that was the ballgame.   Continue reading