I wasn’t planning to recap this one, and I’m still not going to. Not enough in the tank. I just want to say a few words about this great game, that was made even more magical because I was seated at half-court for it, with my feet on the “parquet.” (Hey, Joe Lacob, how about bringing that over from the Celtics!) It was one of the best experiences as a fan I’ve ever had.
The Warriors struggled badly in the first half, and I struggled badly at the same time, because I couldn’t stand the fact that when Orlando went “small” with Ryan Anderson at the four, Keith Smart didn’t match him.
When Vlad Rad came in for Biedrins midway through the third, though, this game took off. The floor magically opened up, and the Warriors’ phenomenal talent took over. David Lee rampaged in the pick and roll, finding the Warriors open three point shooters with precision. 9 assists.
On defense, it was Vlad Rad who was getting pulled out to the three point line to guard Anderson, instead of David Lee. And Vlad Rad providing help defense on the shooters, instead of David Lee. And Vlad Rad who was able to switch the picks, while Lee stayed home on Howard.
+8. When oh when is a main stream media journalist going to step up and recognize what Vlad Rad at four, and SMALLBALL, do for this Warriors team? Don’t hold your breath.
Keith Smart found the right lineup in time. I just simply can’t understand why he waits so long for it. Why it’s a tool of desperation, instead of a gameplan.
The Warriors could have played like they played the fourth quarter and overtime of this game ALL SEASON LONG. Why haven’t they? We could have been watching games like this all season long. Why haven’t we?
It’s a dang shame.
Joe Lacob: Another reason my night was so wild is that I attended a wine tasting for VIP season ticket holders before the game, with Joe Lacob and Peter Guber. And I was introduced to them and had a nice conversation with both.
(I’m not lyin’.)
And I got a nice picture of myself with Joe.
(I’m not lyin.’)
Lacob seemed mildly taken aback to run into someone of my ilk (ie., not a “real fan”) at this event. But he recovered nicely, and we had a very cordial conversation for several minutes about his plans for the Warriors and the state of the NBA. I don’t want to go into what was said, because this was a social event, and I don’t think it would be appropriate. (I don’t ever want to be an ambush journalist. If I report something someone said to me, it will be in the context of an interview.)
But it was an interesting chat, and I came away feeling as everyone else feels, that Joe Lacob is going to do big things for the Warriors in the future. And I do feel that it is appropriate to give him time, a lot more time than he has had so far, to do these big things. Particularly in light of the coming lockout.
That was never my issue with him, by the way. My issue was that he failed to do the little thing this season. To wit, reach into the D-Leagues for some helpful bench guards as soon as it became obvious that Jeremy Lin and Charlie Bell couldn’t play. Give this talented Warriors core a chance to compete for the playoffs this year.
But that’s the past now. This season is in the past, despite the heroics we witnessed this evening. I look forward with great anticipation to the next moves that Joe Lacob makes. And I will strive, as ever, to judge them objectively as they come.
A crazy, wonderful night. Thanks, as always, to my friend gswfan30, who made it happen.