Monthly Archives: February 2012

Walk This Way: Warriors 85 Hawks 82

Two Warriors games, one a 24 point blowout loss to the Pacers, the other a gritty 3 point win against the Hawks.  Notice anything similar about these two games?

How about the Warriors offensive output?  An average of 81.5 points a game. Continue reading

Monta FTW: Warriors 106 Suns 104

Great, gutsy short handed win in Phoenix tonight.  One thing that’s never mentioned is that it is really difficult to win on the road on the last game before the all-star break.  This Warriors team, no matter how they are struggling, always plays hard.  Always has played hard, even when they were down to 6 man rosters in Nellie’s last couple of years.  That’s a credit to Monta Ellis, first of all, and Curry and Lee now as well.

Quite a few recent themes of mine surfaced in the play of this game.  Let’s run through them, starting with Monta’s game-winner:    Continue reading

Your Nightmare Has Come True: Warriors 104 Clippers 97

It’s like a nightmare, isn’t it? It just keeps getting worse and worse.  — Grady Seasons

This will be remembered as the night that Ekpe “The Nightmare” Udoh put it all together, against the most hyped frontcourt in basketball.  Most startling of all — for those already familiar with his defensive prowess — was the confident offensive game he displayed.

It’s an amazing concept, isn’t it, five on five basketball on the offensive end?  Kind of hard to guard, isn’t it?                         Continue reading

Crunched: Grizzlies 104 Warriors 103

Feeling lazy and uninspired, so I’ll limit myself to two quick points about the game.                 Continue reading

Questions: Blazers 93 Warriors 91

I’m under the weather, so I’ll limit my recap of last night’s debacle to a few observations:              Continue reading

Three Straight: Warriors 102 Suns 96

Anyone else sense a little momentum building for this too small, too soft to win Warriors team?  A few quick thoughts on the Phoenix game:                   Continue reading

Comparisons: Warriors 106 Rockets 97

This is a pretty good Houston Rockets team the Warriors beat tonight.  16-12 overall, something like 13-4 in their last 17 games coming into Oracle.

If this keeps up, Adam Lauridsen is going to start pulling his hair out. Watching games like the last two, I would hate to have to keep thinking up reasons why Monta Ellis, Stephen Curry and David Lee are not good enough to be the core of a perennial playoff contender. That’s gotta be hard.      Continue reading

Coming Together: Warriors 109 Nuggets 101

Nice win tonight for the Warriors, but we must acknowledge that it wasn’t the Denver Nuggets that they beat.  The Nuggets’ best player, Danilo Gallinari — who happens to be the kind of spread four the Warriors have no answer for — is out for a month.  Their second best player, Wilson Chandler, is stuck in China.  Ty Lawson, with a sprained foot on one side and a sprained ankle on the other, is a mere shadow of himself. (I know this because he’s on my fantasy team.) When your main asset is speed, two bad wheels cannot be overcome.

What else?  Aaron Afflalo, normally a terrific player, has struggled badly with free agency legs.  And Nene has been in and out of the lineup with plantar fasciitis.

Not surprisingly, the Nuggets have been struggling, losing five straight games.  The Warriors caught them at the right time.  Nevertheless, a road win in mile high Denver is still an achievement, no matter who you’re playing. (The Warriors had dropped 15 out of their previous 16 in Denver.)  Continue reading

Pick and Roll: Thunder 119 Warriors 116

That’s the beauty of Mike D’Antoni’s system… there’s so much space, so much creativity… you just be aggressive, you just attack. — Jeremy Lin

You finally got to see it tonight.  Finally, after more than a year of a rookie GM adding the wrong pieces to the great Warriors core, and rookie coaches running the wrong plays, with the wrong lineups, in the wrong systems.

You saw it tonight, finally. The reason why David Lee was an all-star for Mike D’Antoni. The reason why Don Nelson traded for David Lee.     Continue reading

Uptempo: Warriors 119 Jazz 101

If I squinted my eyes really hard, I thought I could see some remnants of Don Nelson basketball in this Warriors win over the Jazz….   Continue reading