Monthly Archives: January 2010

Monta Ellis, Superstar: Warriors 108 Kings 101

Mysteriously, for most of this game Sacramento played very little of the double and triple teaming zones that the rest of the league has been been employing against Monta Ellis.  And for most of this game, Monta made them pay the price with ruthless efficiency.  Driving the ball again and again, Monta scored on 15 of 29 attempts and got himself to the line for 8-8 free throws, on his way to 39 points.

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Pre-Game Jitters: Kings

I’m really worried about this game.  The Kings are a heck of a team.  No, seriously.  In two quick drafts, the Kings have gone from being one of the worst teams in the league, to becoming a playoff contender for years to come. Tyreke Evans appears to be a budding superstar, in the mold of Oscar Robertson. He’s averaging 20, 5 and 5 in his rookie season.  Those are holy grail numbers for a veteran.  He’s a rookie.     Continue reading

Gut Check: Warriors 107 Timberwolves 101

The Warriors stumbled over the finish line last night, nearly obscuring just how much better they are than this ridiculously bad and mismatched Timberwolves team.  The Warriors lost their legs in the third period, but were able to dig deep in crunch time to preserve the win.  A gritty performance on a road back-to-back in Minneapolis in January.     Continue reading

Pre-Game Jitters: Timberwolves

The Warriors are playing the 7-28 TWolves in Minneapolis tonight.  In their last meeting the Warriors won by 41 points, at home.  Should be a cakewalk, right?       Continue reading

Cheated: Nuggets 123 Warriors 122

“Fair is foul, and foul is fair.”     — Macbeth I,i.

Bill Spooner, Jason Phillips  and Mark Ayotte are the three refs that cheated the Warriors out of this win tonight.  If they are going to take it on their shoulders to change the outcome of an NBA game in the final seconds, then I think it’s only right that they get full credit.     Continue reading

Pre-Game Jitters: Nuggets

The Warriors return to the scene of the crime tonight in Denver.  In their last mile-high game, the short-handed Warriors got blown out by 28. In this game, however, it will be the Nuggets who are short-handed:  Chauncey Billups and the Birdman, Chris Andersen, are out with injuries, and Carmelo Anthony will be a game-time decision with a bruised knee.  The Nuggets have been struggling without Billups, going 2-6 with him out.

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Small Again: Blazers 105 Warriors 89

As the only team to take the court with actual centers, the Warriors figured to have the size advantage in this game.  But that’s not the way it worked out. There is more than one way to have a size advantage in basketball.  You can have it the traditional way, on the front line.  But you can also have it the way the Portland Trailblazers had it in this game, at the wings. Portland used the size of its wing players, Brandon Roy at 6-7 and Martell Webster at 6-7 to dominate their far smaller Warriors counterparts. The Warriors wing defenders, Monta Ellis, Stephen Curry and CJ Watson, who all go 6-3 in their dress shoes, were completely helpless against Roy and Webster. Roy avenged his terrible performance in Oakland with a brutally efficient 37 points on 12-16.  Webster went for 21 and 11.  And with the help of these players and Dante Cunningham off the bench, the Blazers outrebounded the Warriors 43-36.

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Pre-Game Jitters: Blazers

The Warriors are +4.5 road dogs against the Trailblazers  in Portland tonight. The Blazers are 6-1 in their last seven games, and traditionally own the Warriors in the Rose Garden.  They are 4-1 at home in the last 5 meetings between the two teams.  Still, to anyone who has been following the respective injury situations of the two teams, this line must appear curious in the extreme.

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