Anthony Morrow: Before you get too excited about Morrow’s lights-out shooting in the Hornets game, take a look at what Stojakovich, Mo Pete and Marcus Thornton did against him. The Warriors were fortunate that the Hornets gave Posey as many minutes as they did, so that he had a stiff to guard for 20 minutes.
How do you know that you are not an NBA defender? When you get assigned the stiff, and the random D-league call-up gets assigned the tough cover.
Reggie Williams: Williams is clearly a talented scorer, but a zero on defense and on the boards.
If you need any proof that high-scoring two-guards are a dime a dozen in the NBA, you need look no further than Reggie Williams. Or Marcus Thornton, drafted in the second round. Or Anthony Morrow, undrafted.
The special two guards in the NBA are guys who are difference makers. Defenders and rebounders, as well as scorers. Those are the kind of two guards that Nellie has always preferred: Richmond, Sprewell, Finley, Jackson.
And if you need any more proof that the Monta for OJ Mayo should never and would never have been done, this is it. OJ Mayo is neither a defender nor a rebounder. He is not even a special scorer in this league. Is he a better scorer than Reggie Williams? OJ Mayo is a dime a dozen. Those rumors that Don Nelson would have done this trade if he had been in charge of the Warriors are absolute BS. His history makes it obvious that he would not have done this trade in a million years. And he is in charge of the Warriors.
Darren Collison v. Stephen Curry: I like Darren Collison a lot. He looks like a very good player. But before getting too carried away by his 20 assists, take a look at the lines of Emeka Okafor and David West. The Warriors had absolutely no one who could guard them, and they finished virtually every pass they received.
If Stephen Curry had two big men finishers on his squad he’d get 20 assists too. Every night.
Right now, every team that Curry faces has begun double-teaming his dribble. They can do this with impunity because he has no finishers to pass to. He is reduced to simply swinging the ball. This is one very big reason for his recent lack of production.
The other is this: his wheels have come off. Last night Curry stated in his TNT interview that he has not hit the rookie wall. Oh yes he has. And the Warriors lack of a big man to throw to has made it worse.
Andris Biedrins: Has anyone seen it reported that Biedrins’ injury was misdiagnosed? If he lost this season to a sports hernia alone, as opposed to osteitis pubis, I would consider that extremely good news.
From what I’ve read about osteitis pubis, if Biedrins’ has that as well, I would be tempted to say that he will never again be the player he once was, and the Warriors missed their window of opportunity to use him as a trade piece.
Rony Turiaf: Turiaf does not have a sprained knee, as the main-stream media are fond of reporting. Turiaf has torn cartilage in his knee, that will require surgery after the year. The failure of the bay area media to get this right is symptomatic of all their failures.
The fact that Turiaf gutted out this season on a bad knee for this team and this coach means something to me. It is a special story, that has been completely ignored by the main-stream media. Why?
Because it doesn’t fit their narrative.