Monthly Archives: January 2010

No Lightning: Thunder 112 Warriors 104

This game highlighted a lot of the things that the Warriors are currently lacking. The Warriors lack, quite obviously, a long wing defender who could have been used to guard Kevin Durant.  No Stephen Jackson, no Kelenna Azubuike, not even a Cartier Martin.  Durant went for an effortless 45 and 11. The Warriors lack, at least at the moment, a starting center who can rebound and defend the paint.  The Thunder out-rebounded the Warriors by 14, and Russell Westbrook went to the line for 17 free throws, making 14 on the way to a 28 point 8 assist performance.  The Warriors lack a power forward who is capable of matching up against the Jeff Greens of the league.  Like, perhaps, Anthony Randolph.  The Warriors were forced to give Anthony Tolliver help on Green, which exacerbated their problems on the boards.

And the Warriors lack Monta Ellis, superstar.  Monta is back, but he has not been the star of any of the three games he has played since his return.

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Pre-Game Jitters: Thunder

The Warriors are gettting +8.5 against the Thunder, and I have no interest. That’s what we’ve come to.  That’s how far the Warriors’ effort has slipped since Monta injured his ankle.  And now that Monta has been passed over as an all-star, and dreams of individual glory are no longer available to fuel his effort, it’s possible that there is another reason for his lackluster play since returning.  Like depression.     Continue reading

Pax Jaxicana: Bobcats 121 Warriors 110

Steven Jackson showed his love for coach Don Nelson and his former teammates with hugs and smiles before tipoff last night, right before burying them with a dominant performance before the booing ignorant in Oracle arena. That’s who Stephen Jackson is, and that’s what he does on the basketball court.

In his comments both before and after the game, Jackson stressed that his actions in forcing a trade from the Warriors had absolutely nothing to do with Don Nelson or his teammates.  About Nelson, he said “I have a lot of respect and love for Don Nelson.” And he was equally effusive in his praise and affection for his teammates.  The reason why Jackson wanted off the Warriors was because of the ownership.  He wants to play for ownership that wants to win, and he doesn’t believe that’s the case with the Warriors’ owner.  I think he’s right about that, and I don’t blame him one bit.

Go in peace, Stephen Jackson.

I just got around to watching the game on tape, and was again depressed by the let down in effort that the Warriors are currently going through.  It appears to be contagious, because my energy level is suffering along with the Warriors, particularly after a long hard night battling over the green felt.  So if you’re looking for an insightful recap, I’m going to pass the ball to the consistently excellent Mike Massa at the Examiner.  He hit this nail on the head.

Pre-Game Jitters: Stephen Jackson’s Return

Stephen Jackson is returning to the Oracle with the Charlotte Bobcats.  No doubt the Warriors faithful will be letting him have it.  But I would not boo him myself if I were at this game.  I have a very strong admiration for Jackson as a basketball player, that was not diminished by the actions he took to separate himself from the Warriors.     Continue reading

No Show: Hornets 123 Warriors 110

It’s been a long hard season, and Feltbot is worn down and needs an optimism IV. So how about a one-sentence recap: Chris Paul showed up, and the Warriors didn’t.

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Pre-Game Jitters: Hornets

Chris Paul and the Hornets at the Oracle tonight.  They’ve gone 10-4 so far in January to get their record up to 24-20, and I have no idea how they’ve done it. This is not a great basketball team.  I wrote after the last time the Warriors played them that the Warriors had surpassed them in talent, and I stand by that assessment. Chris Paul is carrying them.

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Curry Wins: Kings 99 Warriors 96

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

Pre-Game Jitters: Kings

My Pre-Game Jitters are posted on Golden State of Mind today.  I’ll be doing the recap there as well.  But as always, I’ll be checking the comments here.

Running on Empty: Suns 112 Warriors 103

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

Pre-Game Jitters: Phoenix

Turiaf in, Monta out.  Standard.  The Warriors are +12 road dogs without their leader, and understandably so.  It is hard to imagine they’ll be able to keep up with Phoenix’s pace without Monta, and down to one guard.  One guard.  Roll that around on your tongue for a bit.  But the Warriors have astounded the bookies, not to mention this fan, with their effort so far this season.  They are now 11-3 ATS in their last 14 games.

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