1) Let’s get the obvious out of the way first: the Clippers showed up to this game already on vacation. In other words, they didn’t show up.
2) I was a huge fan of Baron Davis when he was with the Warriors.
3) I am SO happy now that the Warriors did not re-sign him. His game was heavily dependent on athleticism, and his athleticism is gone. His legs are shot. He is a shadow of himself.
4) How good is Stephen Curry? I will avoid maudlin gushing and simply repeat what I have been saying since the start of the season: Better than Steve Nash was in his third NBA season.
5) Who can Stephen Curry be compared to as a point guard? Steve Nash, and no other. Same size, same weight. Same great handle, with both hands. Same incredible balance on pull-ups. Same quick release. Same great teardrop. Same ability to finish left-handed, high off the glass. Same ungodly shooting percentages, from three, from two, from the line. Same incredible court vision. Same unselfishness. Same leadership.
I would bet a lot of money that Curry has watched hundreds of hours of Nash on tape.
OK, I didn’t avoid the maudlin gushing.
6) Curry’s critics have been quick to point out how many of his points he gets in garbage time. 2 of Curry’s 6 turnovers occurred in garbage time. I will lay 100-1 that no one mentions that but me.
7) The Warriors got their first miracle finish of the season. It occurred when Curry secured his 10th rebound with no time left, for the first Warriors triple-double by a rookie since Chris Webber.
It was great to see how happy his teammates were for him.
8) Don Nelson stole the draft.
9) Tyreke Evans’ cheeks just got a little tighter.
10) Anthony Morrow is a small forward. That’s where he belongs. He looks more and more like Chris Mullin to me under the basket. That’s the place where cleverness begins to outweigh athleticism in importance. Bird was a great rebounder at 6-9, without being able to jump. Mullin was a great rebounder at 6-7, without being able to jump. And Morrow is a pretty good rebounder at 6-5. Without being able to jump.
Morrow also did a pretty good job defensively. On defense, he is much, much better closer to the rim than out on the floor.
11) In Anthony Tolliver, Don Nelson FINALLY has a stretch 4 who can rebound and defend. For the first time since he took the job as the Warriors’ coach. Nellie all but said as much post-game. Tolliver is here next year, guaranteed.
And about those threes. The D-league three is the same distance as the NBA three. The man hit it in the D-league, he will hit it here. Lay off the booing.
12) Biedrins and Turiaf looked positively fresh. And Turiaf had incredible chemistry with Curry on the pick and roll. THAT is what feltbot has been waiting for, since the beginning of the season. THAT is the play that can make this team unstoppable in the half-court.
13) Nellie noted post-game that Morrow’s presence on the court was instrumental in opening the pick and roll up in the paint.
14) Many of the questions to Nellie post-game had to do with whether the Warriors play better and more unselfishly on offense without Monta and Maggette on the court. Nellie deflected this line, stating that Monta and Curry are learning to play well together, and have exceeded all expectations as a backcourt. That is my take also.
But this will be the next theme of the Bay Area sportswriters. Book it.
UPDATE: Oops, it already happened. The main-stream media is so predictable. Hope you sold some newspapers behind that, Rusty.
15) Chris Hunter had a three-pointer go in and out. If he had hit it, Nellie would have given him a 5-year contract on the spot.