A lot of things annoyed me about how Keith Smart went about business in this Warriors loss to the Hawks. And I’m annoyed in general at how he goes about business against the “better” teams of the league. I do not accept the notion that this was a game the Warriors couldn’t win.
But I’m going to save my breath, because with so many excuses currently available to the Warriors, I don’t think anyone would listen. Monta Ellis is hobbled by what we hope is a sprained ankle. Stephen Curry is hobbled by two bad ankles, poor conditioning, the flu, and a head coach that… no, strike that last bit. Andris Biedrins and both DGadz and EGadz were unavailable against the big Hawks front line. The Warriors are kicking off an East coast road trip, suffering from the time difference, and came out flatter than road kill.
Too many excuses. Nothing I want to say would carry any weight. So I’ll hoard it, like a guerrilla fighter hoards bullets.
Like the Warriors, I’m hitting the road on a two week vacation. Looking at the schedule, it looks like the next game I’m going to be able to watch will be the Lakers game on Jan. 12th (Seriously? That’s the game I come back to?).
I will have time on the road to read the box scores and participate in the discussion, though. I will be leaving this post up as an Open Thread for the next two weeks, and checking in on the comments. Hopefully, some of you can do a little recapping for me, and we can keep the discussion going.
Happy New Year, everyone! Thanks for reading, and thanks for the all the encouraging words. I truly appreciate them.
And shout out to Dorell Wright after a second straight huge performance. He’s added some midrange game, some fast break running, some clever drives, and a whole lot of rebounding to his game. Could it be that he will become a whole lot more than just a role player?