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:             

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.

Again.

98 Responses to Questions: Blazers 93 Warriors 91

  1. WarriorsAblaze

    That was a painful loss. Our 4th quarter offense continues to be a problem. All movement and flow stops… does Jackson just say “iso’s from now on” or are the players getting tight and failing to execute?

    Stephen Curry’s “coachability” is forever going to hold him back. The NBA is an Alpha-dog’s league and I don’t ever see him developing that mentality. The coaches and teammates need to create that environment for him, and it hasn’t been done since Nelson during the second half of his rookie season. I always thought that moving Monta would finally free Curry, but now I’m not sure it can be done with anything less than a coach’s 100% backing… as D’Antoni has now done with Lin. Curry would be a monster in that system.

    • First time I’ve ever seen “coachability” used as a negative. But you know what? You’re absolutely right.

      • Imagine how Stephen Curry must feel – he who pined for the NY Knicks to draft him to be placed in a Mike D’Antoni offensive system which showcased Steve Nash’s playmaking skills. Then to see all the success Jeremy Lin’s been having there. And then see what Curry has to deal with here…

  2. WarriorsAblaze

    Also, like Smart, we’re seeing the results of hiring a coach “with something to prove”… I’ve seen flashes of good coaching and feel like MJ could eventually pan out, but there will certainly be growing pains.

    An experienced, proven coach would just do the job without the uncertainty and mental game playing that both Jackson and Smart demonstrate with their players.

  3. All praise to Robinson for his unexpected burst of points when he came in but he’s the last player I want to see running the offense the last 6-7 minutes. Count your blessings and don’t press your luck.

    Lin only had ten points in the NY rout of Sacramento–and 13 assists. He’s not an alpha dog. What he’s providing is intelligence, focus, and leadership on the court. This is what the Warriors need, and Curry is the best candidate. But unlike Lin, Curry is a shooter. Give him his shots!

    • WarriorsAblaze

      One thing I’ve noticed about Curry, is that when his shot isn’t falling he has a tendency to become very passive. He needs to find a way to continue to be aggressive even if the shot is off. He’s had a few games this season where he played more PG style, but he’s had more where he just became invisible, or worse, tentative and turnover prone.

      • We and Curry will be wondering about his ankle all season. Barnett said on top of the schedule he’s been putting in heavy hours exercising to strengthen it. And it may be throwing his shooting off. But I doubt he’s being tentative about shooting–he never has been before–and wonder what message he’s getting from the bench. And some nights he will have to take some shots to get going. I think he only took 3-4 first half. As PG, his strength is when the team is running and he has pieces to work with. That isn’t happening enough. The whole point of a PG is to put the coach on the floor–and this may be what we’re seeing–the wrong plan on the floor. Giving the ball to Robinson at the end is leaving the coaching on the bench, not the floor.

        • curry dinged his right ankle in the Phx game ; when he’s not confident in his wheels it’s brought down his overall game, and that might be what went on vs. Por.

  4. Lin has made 36 turnovers in his last 6 games–6 wins.

    So what.

    Part of what this means is that he forced the action and screwed up, I suspect (I only saw the Lakers game). But it also means he’s trying to make something happen, that the Knicks are trying to force the action themselves and not sit on their hands. The gains for such behavior outweigh the loss from the TOs. And I’m sure they will go down. Obsessive concern over turnovers means a team is being cautious and tentative, over the long run, a losing proposition. Which is what the Warriors are doing.

    Curry brought Davidson back from a 17 point deficit to to Georgetown, 10, I think, to Kansas and Gonzaga. A four minute run he led against Wisconsin blew them off the court. And he did similar with D-leaguers his rookie year. He accomplished this success in part by finally hitting his shots, but he also brought his teams with him, making the other players good or better. If he’s lost this leadership, we might as well trade him. But the team’s best shot is finding if he still has it and turning him loose.

    • warriorsablaze

      I think we’ve seen this leadership emerge a few games this season… but it seems like often when the shots aren’t falling that he defers to others… which is different than getting others involved. Whether it’s mental for him, a reflection of the coaching/plan, or a combination of the two… I don’t know.

      One thing to note: When Curry has a good game, we almost always win. Monta’s good games seem to have less impact in that regard… like you said, Curry brings the team with him. Monta often leaves the team behind.

    • Good points, rgg. Totally agree.

  5. Felty: Jackson not playing Udoh the entire fourth quarter along with D. Lee was a big mistake. Such had in previous games led to wins.

    By playing them apart in the fourth quarter, with Lee playing center,,Portland shot 4-6 from the field or 66%, and with Udoh playing center, only 2-7, or 25%.

    Udoh’s lack of defensive rebounds had no affect on the game as Portland and the Warriors scored twice off of offensive rebounds when Udoh was on the court.

  6. “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?”

    Felt, sorry, but IMO Wright is not a “terrific NBA basketball player who had a breakout season last year”. What he IS is an average NBA player who had a career year last season playing big minutes on a bad team.

    Not only would I continue playing KThompson in the 4th qtr over Wright, but I’d also insert KT into the Warriors starting lineup going forward. For my tastes, Thompson, even in the embryonic stages of his NBA career, is a better player than Wright, and he’ll leave no doubt as to who’s the better player in the very near future.

    Besides, the Warriors have completely blown their playoff chances by losing all these home games. With a top-heavy road schedule the rest of the way GSW might as well start giving more minutes to Thompson and let him get all the bugs out of his game. Klay Thompson has a really bright future and that future might as well start now in the form of a lot more minutes of playing time.

    Back to Wright, the Heat drafted him out of high school in the first round and watched him for the better part of 5 years. Pat Riley doesn’t let 25 yr old “terrific players” leave without a fight (i e contract offer) unless he knew what to me is now obvious…..DWright wreaks of OK-itis.

    He’s OK at shooting, OK at defending and OK, kinda, sorta, at rebounding. Basketball IQ, passing and ball-handling? Well, how about kinda, sorta, less-than-OK. When you put all those OK’s into an insta-blender you get one very average NBA player-smoothie. Which is all an OK thing unless you’re (the Warriors) trying like hell to put together a team better than “just OK”.

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    “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.”

    I’d say Monta left as quickly as possible given the fact he was feeling really lousy, a fact further alluded to in his comments earlier today….

    http://www.csnbayarea.com/blog/warriors-talk/post/Monta-Jackson-made-great-decision-not-pl?blockID=652520&feedID=2799

    This was a game the Warriors had to win, and naturally, they instead found a way to lose to a tired and short-handed Blazers squad. And now the road show begins. Yes!

    • Great points. Klay seems to be already as good as the 7-year veteran, Dorell Wright.

    • Please compare DWright’s line to KT’s, and remembering that DW earned his stats against starters, tell me why the supposed “flow” coach went with KT in the 4th Q of a must win game. I think something else is going on.

      • Wright and Monta in a deal?

      • It seems clear the Warriors are intent on putting Klay at the two long term.
        Although I must say, Ellis was out of it last night, he looked like he was very sick, and despite some good passes, he forced and missed his shots. Most of them short. Feltie, while I love Steph and agree with you on his long term career, he was not good last night, and as others have noted quite passive. The proclivity for passiveness may be on Coach Jackson, but for better or worse, MJack called on Robinson who overall played quite well and definitely contributes badly needed energy to the Warriors effort, which sadly was lacking for most of the players. To blow this 12 point lead, with a bunch of one one one plays and quite simply poor defense. I agree Wright should have been in for Klay, but dang, who knows, Thompson could have gotten hot (as he has been for a few weeks) so I do agree its a credible strategy for MJack, even though it didnt translate to a victory. None of us are perfect! After all, the players are human. How about AB? Nine rebounds and gobs of energy! And a great block! Keep it up Andris!

    • Don’t bail out Jackson with Monta’s illness. Monta was magnificent passing the ball earlier in the game. Jackson should have put him in the game in the 4th. There was no discernible evidence that Monta couldn’t play…but soft-Jackson decided to take it easy on him. It cost the Warriors the game.

  7. If you doubt how sick Monta was last night (and why he left in a hurry after the game) just listen to him as he speaks with reporters earlier today.

  8. Hope you get better soon Feltbot.

  9. Felty, you’ll like this NY Times article about how much the spread 4 has changed the game, in the context of this season being the 25th anniversary of the 3-point shot:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/16/sports/ncaabasketball/college-basketball-has-evolved-to-big-men-who-can-shoot.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=3-point%20anniversary&st=cse

  10. Monte Poole: “Monta Ellis has become expendable”

    http://www.mercurynews.com/warriors/ci_19981186

  11. @Steve, I’m with you on Klay Thompson – I’d like the see the Curry/Klay backcourt developed now! D. Wright and B. Rush are more suitable as great role players/spot starters. Unfortunately, their games to me seem limited to perimeter shooting and defense. Let’s give Udoh more minutes as well – as he can be a great role player/spot starter – if a better big can be obtained in the draft/trade.

  12. One of the best spread bigs ever is available for rent right now:

    http://www.rotoworld.com/content/playerpages/playerbreakingnews.asp?sport=NBA&id=353&line=170219&spln=1

    The Warriors could sure use him but he’s probably too much of a “bad boy” for them to handle.

  13. Check the Warriors highlight films from last year and you’ll see Dorell Wright in about half the scenes. He’s a complementary player. Not a star but a good teammate for stars. That was his role in Miami and it’s what he does even better with the Warriors.

    Thompson probably has more upside than Wright, he’s possibly even a future star in his own right. But right now Wright is more in sync with the Warriors guards while Thompson is still carving out his own on-court identity.

    Maybe it’s me getting older and more conservative, but in crunch time give me a veteran, a known quantity who knows his own game and his role – and doesn’t try to make a statement with every shot he takes.

    • Agree with you White Hat, Steve “Fails” to mention the reason DWright didnt play in Miami was because he sat behind DeWayne Wade. Bless Klay, but he didnt do so much when he was in for Wright. Apparent though he is in Dubs longer terms plans.

      But stop hatin on Wright, he is a BARGAIN at the price just like Brandon Rush, both of whom will leave the Lacob lasoo for much green pastures. Klay can get the stats but what will the team record be?

    • Completely agree with this. And I’ll go further. The idea that Klay Thompson is — right now — a better player than Dorell Wright in fourth quarters is absolutely ludicrous. KT is still learning the game, especially on the defensive end and on the boards (not to mention fastbreaks).

      Something else is going on.

      • Fersher something’s up. Promotions cost money and staff time, and the Ws have clearly been hyping Thompson lately. They even trotted out The Logo to say nice things about him.

        Team management could use a boost in fan perception to offset an unpopular trade or for the exact opposite, to soften the sort of negativity (and drop in ticket sales) they got from their inactivity at last year’s trade deadline. It works either way.

        This is not to suggest that KT is a bad player or a bad draft choice. It’s just unfortunate that the FO couldn’t lean on someone else. Being a marketing symbol for the business is a heavy burden for someone who’s still trying to find his own game.

        But who else they got?

        • for the sake of discussion, suppose there’s a very hush hush discussion in the ‘inner council’ in re. to the post-Ellis era. Ellis has played a key role in the marketing of the team that keeps them top-ten in franchise value while they’re actually bottom-ten in the touring exhibition/competition. the Logo probably provides much of the vision of the post-Ellis future, while Jackson is reluctant to give up the handy ‘coach’s crutch’ that provides points with a minimum of complicated moving parts.

          have no doubt that the owners will do everything to keep trade talk around Ellis from becoming another public relations fiasco. setting ‘stack jack’ and Nelson aside into their own ‘sui generis’ files, nearly all the p.r. rotten eggs in recent years concern Ellis (another chapter not worth re-hashing in detail, but refreshed just this year with the harassment lawsuit). with the team providing legal shelter during the pending lawsuit against him, and relishing his favored, ‘main star’ status here, Ellis has been quite the team guy in public, at present assuring all that getting held out in the fourth vs. Por was absolutely the correct coaching decision.

          if the Logo’s hypothetical vision of Thompson supplanting Ellis should become manifest, giving the player a chance to shine and following it up with hype would be part of the process.

          • Moto, you’re right, a post-Ellis team is a real possibility if the Ws are going to be active in trades in the near future. As many people have pointed out, they don’t have much else to put on offer. A Monta trade is not the only scenario that makes sense for a team PR push, though.

            Thompson is the only (possibly) real “improvement” the FO can point to so far this year. The better he plays, and the more he plays, the better for… the business. A little hype to demonstrate how the team is getting better should pay off in ticket sales no matter what else the FO does this year.

            After all, this is the time of year when “Training Camp Fever” wears off. Right about now, every season, Warriors fans start to turn disenchanted, despondent, even bitter – and lose interest in the losers. It’s a tradition.

            If only we had some hope… oh, yeah, we have KT.

  14. Won’t be recapping tonight, front end of the back to back.

  15. feltbot | February 17, 2012 at 10:19 am | Reply
    “Completely agree with this. And I’ll go further. The idea that Klay Thompson is — right now — a better player than Dorell Wright in fourth quarters is absolutely ludicrous.”

    Felt, how does playing Wright in 4th qtrs make the Warriors a better team next season? Unless GSW makes a big trade in the next few weeks they’re not making the playoffs, regardless of who plays in the last 12 minutes. If you think DWright is a big part of the Warriors future then by all means play the guy until his tongue hits the floor.

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    Wooden | February 17, 2012 at 10:11 am | Reply
    “Agree with you White Hat, Steve “Fails” to mention the reason DWright didnt play in Miami was because he sat behind DeWayne Wade. Bless Klay, but he didnt do so much when he was in for Wright. Apparent though he is in Dubs longer terms plans.

    But stop hatin on Wright, he is a BARGAIN at the price just like Brandon Rush, both of whom will leave the Lacob lasoo for much green pastures. Klay can get the stats but what will the team record be?”

    Wooden, I never said word one about Wright’s playing time in Miami. My point concerned Pat Riley letting him leave without even making a contract offer……..

    “The Heat never offered Wright an extension during the season, even though he had clearly displayed he was back on schedule in his development. Riley went on to cite that the team wanted to have as much cap available to provide maximum flexibility during the 2010 free agency.

    In hindsight that made sense, but the fact that they never expressed an interest in keeping Wright doesn’t. Shortly after signing with the Warriors, Wright commented on how Riley never expressed interest in him to return and that he would’ve signed for less money to remain in Miami.

    It makes one wonder if there was something more personal about the whole situation. After all, the Heat had diligently worked at developing Wright for six long years. Maybe it was his DUI arrest or the nude pictures of him being exposed on the Internet.

    So Miami didn’t offer and Wright didn’t wait. End of story, or is it?

    Wright was coming off a season in which he connected on 46 percent of his field goals and 39 percent of his three-point attempts. He had already shown his capabilities as a playmaker and rebounder. And he would only be 24 years of age at the start of this season.

    Yet still the Heat favored Mike Miller, a 30-year-old coming off a injury plagued season in which he played 54 games.”

    No one’s “hatin” on Wright. He’s played hard and well for the Warriors and definitely can help in the future if GSW decides to keep him. That said, if he left tomorrow I doubt there would be many calls of protest to the Warriors front office, nor would the strength of the team be adversely affected in the long run. It is what it is.

    “Klay can get the stats but what will the team record be?”

    Klay’s stats, Curry’s stats, Lee’s stats, take your pick of player and stats, this team, as is, is once again lottery-bound.

    • Didnt talk about minutes for DWright that was your thesis as you believe KThompson should play in the fourth quarter, that is all you talk abut.

      Your comments are a series of straw men. The fact DWright would play behind D Wade begs for any player to leave the team if they have any ambititon at all.

      You state:
      “Yet still the Heat favored Mike Miller, a 30-year-old coming off a injury plagued season in which he played 54 games.”

      – Yes and it looks like a “great” (hah) decison by Riley and the Heat, Who would take Miller over Wright? Dorrell is clearly better on both ends of the floor. Wright is younger, more athletic and will be in the league for many more years, while Miller is just clinging in the league and will be done soon.

      You state:
      “Klay’s stats, Curry’s stats, Lee’s stats, take your pick of player and stats, this team, as is, is once again lottery-bound.”

      Guess what? More than 95% of NBA players (or 2, maybe 3 players on most teams, NBA, NFL, MBL) would not generate a whiff of fan dismay to the extent you would hear about it. Ever met a real coach? He loves his players til they cost him in a game. Then, the player sucks. Thats because the coach’s job lives or dies on the way his player plays. Your point is moot and like many other comments have no relation ship to reality.

      Yes, Dwright can go ahead and get traded, or just leave, but like Morrow, Tolliver, Lin etc, you just may find their replacement is a downgrade rather than an upgrade (life of a sports team). My point about Wright, and Rush is they may not get anything in return, unless they make a trade. In Rush’s case, it is quite probable, he will leave when Lacob doesnt match the offer of the team that pays more (yes, archive that comment). Oh, maybe Lacob will sign Hansboro or some one else of less value, spout that its a great move, and we still are at your stated problem, no playoffs, no wins.

    • Have fun waiting for next year (perpetual).

  16. I don’t think the Warriors have a 1st round pick in the upcoming draft. I could be wrong.

    • Protected pick, Dubs would have to finish season in the bottom 7, hence Feltbot’s point Lacob may be sabotaging the team for this year’s draft pick.

  17. The real problem for Steph and Monta is that they paly four against five every night. Someone please forward the memo to Matt Steinmetz

  18. “Your comments are a series of straw men. The fact DWright would play behind D Wade begs for any player to leave the team if they have any ambititon at all.”

    Wooden, by all means, don’t let the facts get in the way of a good story. LOL

    Dorell Wright wasn’t playing behind Wade. In the 2007-2008 season Wright STARTED 34 games before being injured. The injury all but wiped out his next season (he only suited up for 6 games). When he was finally ready to resume playing (2009-10) the small forward position WAS HIS TO WIN but he again was slowed by physical problems, and the position was left for MBeasley and QRichardson to fight over.

    And the rest, as both Pat and Larry Riley would say, is history, and factual, at that.

    • Here are the facts Steve, and until Klay comes close, lets just remind ourselves of the below and “what have you done for me lately crowd”

      On November 27, 2010, Wright set a franchise record with nine three-point field goals made, surpassing Jason Richardson’s record of eight three-pointers set on March 29, 2007.[3]

      On February 9, 2011, Wright was selected to compete in the 3-Point Shootout at the 2011 NBA All-Star Weekend. How about Klay?

      On March 18, 2011, Wright went scoreless in the first half, but in the second half, he scored 30 points against the Phoenix Suns in a 108-97 loss. He ended up with 30 points to go with 6 rebounds, 2 assists,and 2 blocks. In one half (less than a year ago).

      On March 23, 2011, Wright scored a career high 34 points to go with 5 rebounds and 6 assists against the Houston Rockets.

      On April 6, 2011, Wright made a Warriors franchise record of 3 pt shots made in a season with 184 in a home win versus the Los Angeles Lakers, beating Jason Richardson with the previous record of 183 in the 2005-06 season.

      On April 13, 2011, Wright became the first player in NBA history to have scored more points in his seventh season than all of his first six combined in a win against the Portland Trail Blazers. Wright also ended the season with the most 3 point shots made in the 2010-11 season with 194, as well as the most 3-point field goals attempted with 516, both of which are Warriors franchise records.

      After the 2010-11 season, Wright finished third in voting for NBA Most Improved Player, behind Lamarcus Aldridge, and Kevin Love.

      Can you give me some stuff on Klay, oh he doesn’t have a history. You’ re welcome.

      • One final point:

        Thompson has never had more than five rebounds in a game this year, he has had two games where he had four or more. Wright, on the other hand, has had twelve games with four or more rebounds. Including five games with eight or more. Wright is a better rebounder at this point, Klay got both his four and five rebound games only in the past week and a half.

        Thompson has never had more than three assists in a game, Wright has 3 or more eight times this year.

        Thompson has never had more than one steal in a game, Wright has 2 or more thefts seven times this year.

        I truly hope you are right and Thompson develops his game as it would greatly benefit the team. No one is arguing that he doesnt have a sweet shot. To Feltbot’s point, NBA starters need more than one skill. Hopefully, this time next year Klay will develop other aspects of his game, the Warriors will be a better team.

        • You want FACTS. Wright is shooting 42% on the season and only 35% from 3 point range. While Thompson has a 46% frpm both 3PT and FG. On top of that Thompson is playing 16 minutes to the 28 minutes of right. So to use arguments like he has never had more than 5 rebounds and 3 assists is ignorant. You are comparing apples and oranges.

  19. I can’t believe the Warriors would pull the trigger on any DHoward deal without knowing whether or not Howard would stay here long term but that scuttlebutt is still making the rounds.

    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/02/17/SP3V1N96ST.DTL

    • Wow! If D. Howard were to leave $30 million on the table – that would be MOST impressive. More likely, we’d clear out David Lee, Monta Ellis, and Udoh or Thompson’s contracts – for D. Howard/Big baby and then Howard would sign a long-term contract – then pull a Stephen Jackson/Al Harrington trade me tirade on the Warriors. It worked out just fine for them.

  20. Klay Thompson is a better basketball player than D Wright right now. Wright is a stationary offensive catch and shoot player (a very good 3 point shooter) who plays mostly below-average D (despite his past rep). He has no handle and is the opposite from a playmaker. Thompson is a better 3 point shooter than Wright and actually uses screens aggressively to get his shot. Thompson played pg in HS, actually has a good handle and can drive to the hoop with either hand (we have just seen glimpses of this so far, but it’s coming). Thompson’s D already is already better than Wright’s, which isn’t saying all that much. Most importantly, Thompson, in his rookie year, plays with much more BBall IQ than Wright on both ends of the court, and he is developing his game all the time, while Wright evidences little BBall IQ on the court and his development seems to be trending downward. However, Thompson’s real position is not the 3, it’s the 2, so I don’t really think of him as a long term solution at the 3.

    I don’t know what to make of Jackson right now. There are things he does that I like and things I don’t. Clearly, he still needs developing as a coach. There’s going with the hot hand in periods 2 and 3, and then there’s putting the ball in Nate’s hands (instead of Curry’s or even Monta’s) down the stretch in period 4 and relegating Curry to the corner. That was indefensible. Given that Jackson’s got a top assistant coach in Malone, I’d have to say I’m disappointed in Jackson’s development right now.

    Is the Tank On for the Warriors?

    • Yes, and based on JLins performance in the past seven games, he is certainly a candidate for the Knicks and the NBA Hall of Fame. Let’s not talk defense yet, and you likely will be “correct” in that Lacob and the Logo agree with you, but Darn how SOON you forget what DWright has contributed.

      Who guards Kobe? Klay or Dorrell?
      Who does Jackson put on any good shooter? Dorrell.

      Wright set a franchise record with nine three-point field goals made.

      On March 18, 2011, Wright in the second half, he scored 30 points against the Phoenix Suns in a 108-97 loss. He ended up with 30 points to go with 6 rebounds, 2 assists,and 2 blocks. In one half (less than a year ago). I like Klay off the bench, like Nate he needs the ball to be effective. And Monta is not going to be a passing point guard most of the time.

      Wright scored a career high 34 points to go with 5 rebounds and 6 assists against the Houston Rockets.

      Wright owns the Warriors record of 3 pt shots made in a season with 184 in a home win versus that woefully terrible team, the Los Angeles Lakers. As the future may show, Thompson may break it, but he has not come close yet.

      Impressively, Wright became the first player in NBA history to have scored more points in his seventh season than all of his first six combined in a win against the Portland Trail Blazers. Wright also ended the season with the most 3 point shots made in the 2010-11 season.

      Last year, Wright finished third in voting for NBA Most Improved Player, behind Lamarcus Aldridge, and Kevin Love.

      Klay has had some great moments already in his rookie season, lets see when Jackson puts him in to defend a Kobe, or JRich. Or when we need a rebound. Beauty of sports is that time will tell.

    • Thompson’s defense is good? When? Who? What did I miss? When does KT guard the scorer on the other team?

      Basketball IQ? Okay, there are at least two games I can remember in which he blew fast break passes and the Warriors lost. The Blazers game he was in the lineup at the end. His man was loose and scored at the end. He did not get a stop nor a rebound.

      The Warriors frequently call plays for Klay to help him get his shot off which is fine. Dorrell can make his own play or create opportunities for Lee and Udoh (no one can help AB).

      Klay is a rookie, lets wait and see him develop his game before making unsubstantiated facts.

  21. You say Thompson has a better handle? How many fast breaks as he just blown this season?

    • K. Thompson as an NBA rookie already has a MUCH better handle than D. Wright or B. Rush. K. Thompson is an NBA rookie – he’s SUPPOSED to make mistakes. It’s painful to watch D. Wright make the same mistakes and he’s an 8-year vet. Besides, Klay’s position of advantage will be at SG in a backcourt with Stephen Curry, not at SF.

      D. Wright probably has to worry B. Rush doesn’t take more and more of his playing time. Brandon Rush’s defense is outstanding. Perhaps more competition for playing time will bring out the best in D. Wright.

  22. I would think that last night’s performance would have ended the debate between DW and KT. DW did three things last night that KT could never dream of being able to do:
    1) 11 rebounds
    2) Guard Durant
    3) Block Ibaka at the rim.

    As for the ballhandling, etc., I have to say this is just wilfull blindness on the part of KT’s supporters. DW frequently played point for the Warriors last night, and very effectively. He averaged 3 asts a game last year in the same role, which is elite for a SF. (With a 2:1 ast/to ratio.) He is an excellent ballhandler and a great passer.

    And a far better ballplayer right now than KT — it’s really not even close. When Jackson makes the decision to play KT over DW in fourth quarters he is fulfilling an agenda that is other than winning ballgames. Your guess is as good as mine whose agenda that is, and what it might be.

  23. Rubio to Love:

    Two man games with a spread floor. What Curry and Lee should have been doing from their first moment together.

  24. Joe Lacob’s number one strategy already hitting the media:

    If not, it might be time for the Warriors to start thinking about seeing what they have for next season and securing their lottery pick, which gets traded to Utah if it’s not among the top seven.

    Jenkins, the third-string rookie point guard, ran the offense effectively in the final minutes and hit a nice pull-up jumper. First-round pick Klay Thompson scored six fourth-quarter points before leaving the game with a right shin contusion. Rookie big man Jeremy Tyler had six points and two rebounds in the final 5:32, including an athletic spin move through the lane.

    “You hate to say that they need to start losing games, but they need to start losing games,” said Steve Kerr, the former Phoenix general manager and current TNT analyst. “They need more talent, so they’ve got to find a way to keep that pick.

    “If they’re patient and let this thing happen, this is a gold mine.”

    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/02/17/SP3V1N96SP.DTL#ixzz1mlDVCUyd

  25. Latest Rusty Simmons rumor: David Lee, Monta Ellis and KT/Udoh for Howard and Big Baby.

    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/02/18/SP3V1N96ST.DTL

    It’s funny, but I would have called “being aggressive” actually surrounding Curry, Ellis and Lee with a real team. Amnestying Biedrins and signing Chandler. Competing for Tony Allen. Keeping Tolliver and Watson. You know, those kinds of things.

    The trying to win kinds of things.

    • This smacks of pride and desperation. West’s comments earlier about Howard must mean they are serious.

      Orlando is in fourth place in the East and should keep that slot for playoffs. Hard to believe either the Miami FO or Howard would be interested in such a deal.

      But assume such a deal happens. What kind of offense would the team put up and could they run with anyone? Best case scenario next year, would they manage better than 7th. or 8th. in the west, would Howard want to stick around?

    • I don’t know how you stand it.

  26. Is anybody keeping track of all the money Lacob has wasted?

    Buyout Nelson + keep Biedrins + Kwame = about $20 million. What else?

    • Add to this career years wasted, Ellis and Lee, certainly, and player potential not developed, Curry last year. Lacob has exerted influence over the club for over a year and a half and has yet to come up with a coherent plan that makes use of available talent.

      • the bidness brain of the Prophit Joseph isn’t well connected to the hoops sense side of him. he’s still selling out plenty of home dates, and sealed a t.v. deal that added value to his enterprise. secured a highly qualified replacement for Rowell. since he’s avoided hiring or retaining anyone independently established and authoritative on the hoops side, we can only think that he wants to dominate decisions there too, which is why responsibility for the useless Lin sacrifice as part of a weak Jordan gambit is mainly his, despite Riley trying to save his owner’s face in the media. the Prophit hasn’t developed a sense of competitive valuation, and sounded like he didn’t think other teams would value Lin and he would re-acquire him.

        we face an interesting chapter ahead in the Prophit’s Progress. will losing teach him anything, or will he find more variations for his rationalizations as they flounder ? it might take a decrease in revenue next season, as all his ‘guarantees’ to his ‘real fans’/season ticket buyers get knocked down, for him to get serious with self-criticism.

  27. Not amnestying Biedrins has got to be the biggest head scratcher move the warriors have made in a long time. Although I really disagree with it, I can see why Lacob wanted to let go of Nelson and put his own coach in. But that whole bid for Jordan — waiving Lin and amnestying Bell instead of Biedrins — has backfired spectacularly. And the most confusing part is that anyone could have seen it wouldn’t be enough to get Jordan anyway. A small chance, yes, but nothing even close to 50/50 — not enough to throw away your 1 amnesty and waive the backup point guard you were publicly very high on.

    You can argue with moves made for a different basketball philosophy than feltbot has — big/slow/defensive vs. small/fast/skilled. At least it is a philosophy, albeit a boring one to watch. But this series of moves fails the internal consistency test altogether. And we are left with a team with a hole at center that was just as obvious before the season as it is now, one that threatens to be the catalyst to blow up the team past all recognition.

    • Yes. It’s been hard to swallow this season.

      • True dat Gulley!
        At least Assistant GM Meyers got his former client DeAndre Jordan the maximum amount dollars from the tightest sphincter owner known to the NBA in Donald Stirling in keeping DeAndre in his hometown of LA and play with two superstars…

        “And the most confusing part is that anyone could have seen it wouldn’t be enough to get Jordan anyway.”

        True dat II – This was the worst kept secret on ESPN. $50 million would have been better. Would have screwed the Clips or the W’s! Wasted amnesty.

        • Even if you take Lacob’s logic on its face, it d0es not make sense. They could have just bought Bell out since it was only one year at $3 or 4$ million. Then, they could have “waited” to see if AB panned out this year, and amnestied him after this season. He has two more years after this season. My guess is penny wise pound foolish for Lacob. He may end up trading two of our three best players to get a decent center.

          I’ll say one thing for Andris: he prevents Udroh from burning fouls up in the first five or six minutes of each half, when the Warriors seem to suck no matter who else is on the court.

  28. Are there two Dorell Wright’s in the League? Wow.

    Let’s hope Curry comes back tonight.

  29. NBA.com’s current list of the Top-10 rookies: 1) Kyrie Irving, Cavs 2) Ricky Rubio, T-Wolves, 3) Kemba Walker, Bobcats 4) Iman Shumpert, Knicks 5) Klay Thompson, Warriors 6) Brandon Knight, Pistons 7) MarShon Brooks, Nets 8) Markieff Morris, Suns 9) Gustavo Ayon, Hornets, 10) Norris Cole, Heat

    Read more: West: Klay Thompson will be a “helluva player”
    Tune to SportsNet Central at 6, 10:30 and midnight on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area for more on this story

  30. Almost a great game, worthy of a write-up, but unfortunately I’m tied up today. I’ll try to put in my two cents later tonight.

  31. Before I head out into a beautiful sunny Sunday, a Markieff Morris watch:

    “He’s averaging 24 minutes per game over his last five contests and is putting up 14.2 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.8 blocks, 1.8 steals and 1.4 3-pointers per game over that stretch.”

    I just traded the disappointing Darren Collison for him in my fantasy league.

  32. Memphis:

    Zero free throws for McGuire, Wright, Thompson, and Rush (Biedrins doesn’t count). Barnett keeps saying it–if these guys could drive more from the spread and at least draw fouls, all kinds of offensive options open up. Imagine especially if a player with McGuire’s strength and aggressiveness had a little offense–a midrange shot on occasion, the ability to drive and finish or hit a few free throws. A couple of versatile players would have made all the difference in the world this season.

  33. rgg, the team began the season with ø vet players who could play both ends of the floor (Lin would have qualified if he hadn’t been cut). it’s a big reason why acquiring Rush became inflated into greater significance than it deserves — he’s average-ish on both ends, like a D.Wright who stays more focused but like Wright lacks the versatility a wing should have on offense.

    for reasons we’ll never know, the Preacher didn’t want Udoh on the floor for Mem’s last possession — he came out for Wright after his clutch free throws, and it was Wright who stood mesmerized by Gay’s missed shot instead of attending to his area of the paint and boxing out Allen who snagged the winning rebound. best guess, Jackson was over-thinking and essentially letting Hollins dictate matchups.

    Ellis can put up his shots and points even with a viral infection, as we’ve seen before. on defense he passively stood about, vacantly staring, arms down, most notably at 1.11 in the last quarter when he had his back to the baseline on the right of the key, as if he were the corner man in a zone. he never turned his head and saw Allen running behind him for the grammar school back door layup. during one of the final timeouts, while Lee and Curry were in an animated discussion with the Preacher, Ellis sat a few chairs down with the same vacant stare. maybe he was healthy and just saves it for offense ; he does like his micro-sabbaticals on defense, if you watch him on that end and his man is away from the ball. his apologists insist he should defend point guards ’cause he’s better at it, but it’s probably more the case that he’s inclined to keep his focus when his man has the ball — in general, he looks at the ball too much on defense and doesn’t track players well.

    • moto,

      Lack of an experienced vet is my other regret, someone with confidence and mental toughness that comes from winning, someone to push and bolster the morale of the team. Raja Bell fits the bill for me and imagine him on the floor instead of Robinson. Unless you count Ellis in the We Believe year, no one on the court or on the bench or in the front office has experience with winning (I’m still not sure how much sway West has and I don’t count Lacob’s sideline stay at Boston–anyone can succeed with that organization).

      Lacob’s singleminded focus on defense (monomania?) has hurt the team. Instead of looking for versatile players, he looked for defensive players, especially a defensive center. “We have plenty of offense” I recall him saying, or Riley as his mouthpiece, the reason Nene wasn’t pursued.

      And as much as Ellis has deserved the praise he’s received on this blog, he lacks the vision to see beyond what’s in front of him. The team needs a floor leader. If it isn’t Curry, we need to find one. But the team picked up last night when Ellis sat 2nd. quarter and Curry ran the team, and not just because of his shooting.

  34. Sheesh–Lin did it again, against Dallas.

  35. “I don’t want to be a Warriors fan.”

    My girl says I’ve done her dirt by watching Warriors games religiously. She’s been drawn in.

    “That Stephen Curry is amazing.”

    “Yes he is. I like the little minimal-effort things he does that get him open shots. It all looks so easy for him.”

    “Why isn’t Monta an Allstar?”

    “Lots of people wonder that. Maybe it’s the tattoos.”

    “Why did the coach call a timeout in the middle of a fast break? That’s stupid!”

    “Yes. I’m trying not to read too much into it. Maybe he panicked.”

    “They’re up by 10 points with 5 minutes to go! They’re going to win!”

    “Um, better hold off on that call.”

    Last night was the kicker.
    Q1: “They’re getting killed again!”
    Q2: “Wow! What a comeback!”
    Q3: “Why don’t they play like they did in the 2nd quarter?”
    Q4: “How come the Warriors never get foul shots? Why isn’t Udoh in to play defense at the end? Didn’t that fat guy push Lee into the other player? How could they blow it? Can’t we switch teams?”

    “No dear, it’s not done. Besides, being a Warriors fan is proof of your grit. Any sissy can root for a winner. It takes a really durable person to hang in there with the Warriors when everybody laughs at you. Especially when they’re right. But constancy is a kind of triumph all by itself.”

    “You’re bullshitting me again.”

    “Yes I am.”

    “I don’t want to be a Warriors fan.”

    “It’s too late for you. You’ll see.”

    “Noooo!!!”

    What can I say, guys? Help me out here.

  36. “My Ex was a Warriors fan” – number one reason for divorce in the Bay Area..