Monthly Archives: December 2009

Pre-Game Jitters: Bulls

The 7-14 Warriors are +4.5 road dogs at the 7-13 Bulls tonight. As their record indicates, the Bulls are not playing like the playoff team of last year.  They have been missing Tyrus Thomas and Kirk Hinrich due to injury.  Hinrich returned in the last game, but is still being bothered by a sprained thumb. In my mind, Hinrich is the key reason for the Bulls struggles. I remember the Bulls also struggling last year when he missed time.  For all of his talent, Derrick Rose has not yet proven to be an effective point guard and leader for his team.  The sum of this Bulls team has not been greater than its parts.

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Movement Improvement: Warriors 105 Nets 89

Keith Smart began this game by putting the ball firmly in Stephen Curry’s hands. Curry ran the point, Curry ran the plays, and Curry took most of the shots in the opening minutes.  Monta played off the ball.  This was a great call by the coaching staff, one that set the tone for a new Warriors philosophy of ball movement.  I could tell right from the start that this game would be about sharing the basketball.     Continue reading

Pre-Game Jitters: Nets

The Warriors are +1.5 dogs at the 2-19 New Jersey Nets. Now that’s embarrassing! The Warriors are now riding a 4 game losing streak of their own, and have lost 6 out of their last 7.  I expect them to be a little bit hot about that, and bring everything they’ve got tonight.  And by everything, I mean all 7 men.  That’s right, Anthony Morrow is back, and so far as we know, no one injured themselves getting off the bus.

(Update: Mike Massa at the Examiner is reporting that Anthony Randolph may miss this game due to a family situation. There you go, Warriors fans.  Adjust your handicapping accordingly.)

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The Dark Side: Thunder 104 Warriors 88

Once again, fate intervened to prevent the Warriors from having more than a 6 man rotation.  This time, it wasn’t injury, or swine flu.  It was the weather in North Carolina that caused Anthony Morrow’s flight to be delayed too long to make this game.  Crazy.

I suppose the Warriors have every reason to mail in a few games after going for so long with so few players. They must be on the verge of exhaustion. Still, I’m feeling a little curmudgeonly after this loss.  In stark contrast to the last game, I saw a lot of things that I didn’t like in this Warriors’ performance, so I’m going to give in to my dark side, and get a few things off my chest.       Continue reading

Pre-Game Jitters: OKC Thunder

I’m coming off a one game winning streak.  I finally nailed a matchup prediction in the Orlando game.  Got the starting lineup right, got the matchups right.  Got Orlando’s matchups right: Pietrus on Monta.  And then there was my prediction on how long Mikki Moore would survive against Dwight Howard.  I put the over/under at 8 minutes.  He picked up his third foul and hit the pine in 7:55. Is it time to start betting feltbot ATS?

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Two Kids and a Coach: Magic 126 Warriors 118

The tattered shreds of the Warriors took the floor last night against the defending Eastern Conference Champion Orlando Magic, and almost created a little magic of their own.  Alas, for the second game in a row, after a rousing third quarter comeback, the Warriors hit a significant dry spell in the fourth quarter and fell apart against a veteran playoff team. Fatigue from once again gutting it out with a 6 player rotation?  The inexperience of the rookie Curry, who made a couple of horrible turnovers in crunch time?  Or the overall inexperience of the Warriors team, who due to a ridiculous set of circumstances have been forced to play jury-rigged and improvisational lineups ever since the start of the season? I’m having a tough time deciding, and really don’t care.  I truly enjoyed this game, because of what I saw in two kids and a coach.  And rather than bore you with another game recap, that’s what I’m going to write about.   Continue reading

Pre-Game Jitters: Orlando Magic

Dwight Howard and the 15-4 Orlando Magic are in town.  I suggest we start Maggette at center, Morrow at the four… oh, wait!  Anthony Morrow is out for this game. So scratch that idea.

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Small and Smaller: Rockets 111 Warriors 109

Just as in the last game, the Warriors came out in the third quarter firing on all cylinders.  The Rockets, perhaps road weary on the back-to-back, were a step slower than in the first half.  The Warriors went on a 15-4 run to turn a 7 point half-time deficit into a 4 point lead, and looked like they were on their way.

Then, towards the end of the third quarter, Rick Adelman went small.  Out came Scola and Hayes.  In came Landry and Lowry.  The Rockets went 6-8″ across the front line, and had two 6-0″ point guards in the backcourt.

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Pre-Game Jitters

Welcome back Don Nelson!  The Warriors’ capo is returning to the bench tonight after his bout with pneumonia.

The Warriors are +2 home dogs against Houston tonight.  The Warriors lost by 1 to Houston at home in a heartbreaker on opening night, but they will not be taking the floor with the same team tonight.  How about no Biedrins, no Randolph, no Jackson, no Azubuike, and possibly no Turiaf?  In their place, Vlad Rad and Chris Hunter.  And maybe Devean George.  In the Warriors favor, the Rockets are playing the back end of a back-to-back (they demolished the Gordon-less Clippers last night in LA).

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Rocky Road: Nuggets 135 Warriors 107

Very few NBA teams have success in mile-high Denver on the back-end of a back-to-back.  I think the number being thrown around is 1 win for the road team in the last 18 tries.  For the Warriors, with no Turiaf, no Randolph, and a roster of 7, there was simply no chance to make it 2 for 19.  With no players to contend with the Nuggets’ size inside, inevitable foul-trouble, and dead legs, the Warriors ceased to be competitive in the second quarter.  The stats reflect three quarters of garbage time.

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