I’m under the weather, so I’ll limit my recap of last night’s debacle to a few observations:
1) The Warriors lack of a spread four really cost them last night. Jackson tried to matchup small with Gerald Wallace, but clearly wasn’t comfortable with his choices, judging by quick yanks every time the Warriors missed a defensive rebound.
2) Once again Mark Jackson played penalty killer for the Blazers, by stopping Warriors’ fast breaks with timeouts. And I think I’m including that final play. Why allow the Blazers to set their defense if you trust your players?
3) Speaking of fast breaks, why are the Warriors so godawful at them? (Klay Thompson is particularly wretched.) These are fundamentals I’m talking about. Does Jackson coach them?
4) Is Mark Jackson mental? Does he have a narcissistic personality disorder? There is a real Captain Queeg-like quality — to borrow blog friend rgg’s analysis of Keith Smart — to the heavy-handed way he is dealing with his starters.
Dorell Wright is a terrific NBA basketball player who had a breakout season last year. How does he feel about having his minutes cut to 20 this season? How does he feel about Jackson’s decision to bench him in the fourth quarter for a rookie?
How did Monta Ellis feel about Jackson’s decision to bench him in the fourth for Nate Robinson last night? If you think Jackson’s decision was summed up by his public statements, then explain to me why Monta left the locker room without speaking to the media.
If you want to know how Stephen Curry felt about that final play call, check the tape and look at his face as the Warriors broke the huddle. I KNEW AT THAT MOMENT that Curry wasn’t going to touch the ball.
Is Mark Jackson insane, or merely incompetent? Doesn’t he know who Stephen Curry is? Is it really true that rookie coaches never watch tape of prior seasons? Or is that just Warriors rookie coaches, who have been instructed to erase all vestiges of Don Nelson’s influence?
Can Mark Jackson really never have watched tape of Stephen Curry closing games for Don Nelson in his rookie season? How about closing games for Davidson in March Madness?
That is what Stephen Curry does. That is what Stephen Curry IS. He’s a closer.
Rick Adelman puts the ball in Ricky Rubio’s hands to close the game.
Mike D’Antoni puts the ball in Jeremy Lin’s hands to close the game.
Joe Lacob hired a rookie coach who doesn’t trust Stephen Curry.