Stephen Curry: Is going to become the best pick and roll guard in the NBA since Nash and Paul. His work last night with Chris Hunter was incredible. If Curry can find the seams against the best defense in the league, working with a D-leaguer, what can’t he do?
In the pre-season, I wrote that Curry bore a startling resemblance to Steve Nash in style and talent. Now the Nash comparison is on the lips of everyone around the league. Don Nelson, Keith Smart, Jeff van Gundy, Mike Woodson. Mark Jackson said that Curry was the best player on the court last night.
Monta Ellis: Turned Kobe Bryant over how many times? Could OJ Mayo, at 6-4″, have done to Kobe what Monta Ellis did, at 6-3″? That trade proposal was a sick joke. The rumor that Nellie would have done it is even sicker. Never, ever, ever.
I thought last nights’ 5-23 performance was one of Monta’s best of the year. Seriously. Some nights your shot just doesn’t fall. But if you are your team’s best player, you have to keep taking them. There was barely a single shot I thought Monta shouldn’t have taken.
And he balanced his own attempts beautifully with creating for others. 11 assists. How many times in his career has Kobe Bryant gotten that many assists?
Monta is assuming the mantle of leadership on this team. He is working hard at getting it. And he is getting it. 1 turnover, against the best defense in the league? Something is happening on the Warriors offense. Monta and the rook have found their roles, and are settling into them. The game is getting easier.
A very special backcourt is taking wing.
Chris Hunter: How fast has this mid-season D-league call-up picked up the NBA game? How fast has he learned Nellie’s schemes? Two straight great games from Hunter, this one against the biggest baddest front line in basketball. Hmmm.
Anthony Tolliver: Finally starting to get his 3 pointer in gear. I hope he finds his way onto the Warriors bench next year along with Hunter. These guys can really do some good things, and boy are they cheap.
Devean George: A true professional. That’s what I think when I watch him play. Defensive minded. Smart. Incredibly efficient.
He probably wasn’t supposed to get off the bench this year. But virtually every time he has, he’s delivered. On one leg.
The last play of the game: The first in a long time to be executed perfectly. A coincidence that it was also the first one ever called for Stephen Curry?
More reasons that Don Nelson should be fired:
- He can’t develop big men: Chris Hunter and Anthony Tolliver being perfect examples.
- He doesn’t play rookies: Stephen Curry the latest to be thrown under the bus.
- He alienates his players: Demonstrated by the way Monta Ellis has quit on this season. Not to mention Maggette, Biedrins, Turiaf.
- He got lucky in the draft: The same way he got lucky with Moncrief, Pressey, Richmond, Hardaway, Sprewell, Nowitzki, and Howard. The same way he got lucky when he traded for Steve Nash, and picked Avery Johnson and CJ Watson up off the trash heap. He’s the luckiest GM in league history.
- The Marco Belinelli trade.
That’s all I got.