In their last game, horrible as it was, the Warriors showed a few positive developments. Morrow came off the injured list. Curry came off the respirator. Tolliver got an NBA contract and responded by looking like an NBA power forward. Biedrins had his best game of the season.
Now, if the Warriors can just get Monta Ellis back for the ride, they might be in business. Fortunately for Monta, the Warriors are facing the Mavericks, whose backcourt is about as weak defensively as the Thunder backcourt is strong. The Mavs are hopeless against scoring point guards. Monta has torched them for 37 and 46 so far this season. Deron Williams recently dropped 50 on them.
After his Thunder disaster, I think we can expect Monta to come out breathing fire in this game. It certainly doesn’t hurt the cause that Monta is back in play as a possible All-Star replacement for injured Brandon Roy. Hopefully Stern delays the announcement of his choice until after the game.
The Warriors are +4.5 home dogs in this game. Hmmm. Certainly the Warriors don’t inspire confidence at the moment. After an inspiring stretch in which they were 13-3 against the spread, competing hard against the odds every night, the Warriors have had a big let-down. They are 2-4 ATS in their last six, with very spotty effort.
But this is a great time to be playing the Mavs. They are 0-5 ATS themselves in their last five. They have been playing horribly, and Mark Cuban has been emitting “We Suck!” noises. Player discontent has been heard in the locker room, and major trade speculation has been rumbling through the press. And the Mavs are on the road in the week before the all-star getaway, which is a notorious stumbling block for NBA teams.
If the Warriors bring the heat in this game, I like their chances. Lets hope they heed the words of Corey Maggette:
Hopefully, the next couple of games we can still play with some effort and come back from the All-Star break and try to give a fight. We need to fight, man. That’s it. We’re way backed in the corner, man, getting beat up right now. We’ve got to find a way to get out of the corner and fight back. Stay competitive.
Spoken like a man who in the last game had a finger ripped off, slapped a little tape on it and put up 24 and 6. Maggette wants a win.
UPDATE: Maggette is out until after the All-Star break with his injured finger. Don Nelson’s comment: “What else is new?” Feltbot’s comment: “Looking for a win? Never mind.”
And Stern picked Chris Kaman over Monta for the All-Star game. Monta goes for 60 tonight?