After this blowout loss to the 76ers, Mark Jackson once again threw his Warriors team under the bus. ”We didn’t come out of the locker room [at halftime] with the right mindset,” said the Preacher. For once I might have to agree with Jackson. The Warriors came out of the locker room with the wrong mindset entirely.
They came out of the locker room with the wrong lineup, the wrong philosophy, and the wrong gameplan.
There are two types of teams that regularly eat 20 point blowouts in the NBA. There are teams that have no talent for the game: Low basketball IQs, poor passing and shooting ability, poor athleticism, selfish attitudes, no desire to compete, no passion for winning.
And then there are teams who have coaches who don’t know what the hell they are doing.
I don’t think there is any question which kind of team these Warriors are.
Dominic McGuire: I don’t have anything against Dom. In fact I love the ferocity with which he competes. And although like Lou Amundson he is an extraordinarily limited offensive basketball player, I believe that unlike Lou Amundson he can actually contribute to a winning team.
When used in the right way.
Incredibly to me, Jackson was actually given credit by the Warriors media for starting Dom at shooting guard against Atlanta. I guess that’s because the Warriors managed to win that game. Here’s the cold hard truth: the Warriors starting lineup was -12 for the game against Atlanta, and damn near gave the game away in the third quarter.
And in this game against the Sixers, the Warriors starting lineup was -13 for the game, and did give the game away in the third quarter. Is Marcus Thompson going to continue to give credit to Jackson for this brilliant adjustment after this blowout? And if so, for how long?
I wrote in my last post that the Warriors simply cannot play Dom at the same time as Biedrins, going 3 on 5 at the offensive end, and hope to win. Cannot. It is completely idiotic.
And it was even worse in this game, because there was absolutely no reason for Biedrins to play a minute against a team that NEVER PLAYED A CENTER. The Sixers played nothing but power forwards across their front line in this game.
I want to point something out, in case you weren’t already aware of this fact. Dom McGuire, at 6-9″ 235 lbs., is bigger than the Sixers starting center in this game, Lavoy Allen (6-9″, 225, 10 points and 7 rbs in 20 min). And Dom McGuire is bigger than the infamous Warriors Killer, Thaddeus Young (6-8″ 220, 16 points and 7 rbs in 27 min).
That is where Dom McGuire was needed by the Warriors in this game. Playing center or power forward against players that were smaller than him. Playing close to the basket so that he could use the phenomenal rebounding ability that netted him 15 in the last game. And his fabulous shot-blocking and lane-protecting ability.
Not chasing Andre Iguodala around the perimeter.
To be competitive in this game, the Warriors needed to matchup against the Sixers small-ball fours. With the biggest, toughest, most athletic small-ball four on the floor.
And they needed to get out and run.
The Warriors running game: It’s gone, as I’m sure you’ve noticed if you’ve been paying attention. 6 fastbreak points in this game, that included a full quarter of garbage time.
I’m going to repeat a few stats here regarding the Warriors fast-break that I quoted in the last thread:
Warriors Fast-Break Points per Game:
- We Believe: 20.6
- 2007-8 (48-34, just missing the playoffs): 22.8
- 2008-9, with no Monta Ellis (moped gate) or Curry: 18.4
- Nellie’s last season, with an 8 man roster: 23.7
- Last season under Smart: 18.8
- This season under Jackson: 12.6
- The Warriors’ last 4 games: 9
Get the message? It’s for real folks. The fastest team end to end in the entire league is walking the ball up the court.
Number of times the Warriors have broken 85 points in the last three games: ZERO. Get the message? The Warriors are going to beat teams with their defense, or die trying.
It’s going to be death.
Allow me to make a few simple points in closing this topic:
Dom McGuire was 0-1 last game, 0-0 this game. Tell me, how can you turn this wretched offensive player into an offensive weapon? How can you make Dom McGuire a scorer? By running. Dom can beat every single power forward in the NBA down the court. Every single one. And he is a devastating open court finisher.
Name me an NBA center that David Lee can’t beat down court. In this game, could Lee beat Elton Brand downcourt? Yes, he could beat him upcourt too. He could have run him right off the court.
How do you get a team that is mired in a horrible shooting slump out of their doldrums? By getting them easy layups perhaps? By getting them wide-open early-offense threes? This Warriors team, walking the ball up the court, and playing 4 on 5 at best and frequently 3 on 5, is struggling to create open looks. And behaving like a team that has lost confidence in its offense.
Do you ever remember a Don Nelson team struggling to hit shots like this? How about his teams of D-Leaguers?
There’s a reason, and it begins with the coach.
David Lee: Another 24 and 15, with three assists, on the road. Playing in the wrong system. (Ho hum. Overpaid. Soft.)
If the Warriors had started Lee at center alongside Dom McGuire, the Warriors could have run pick and roll against Elton Brand all night long, in addition to beating him up and down the court.
Do you think that might have worked, with the best pick and roll center in basketball combining with Monta Ellis?
Monta Ellis: There are not a lot of players in this league who could create the offense he created in this game playing 3 on 5.
Where’s it going to come from, when he’s traded?
Klay Thompson: If I were a member of the Warriors media, I would like to pose this simple question to Mark Jackson:
If it’s true, as Jerry West said, that Klay Thompson is the best defender in the Warriors’ backcourt, then why was he hidden against SF Evan Turner in this game?
Goose Eggs: If I were a member of the Warriors media, I would like to pose these two simple questions to Joe Lacob (in fact, I can’t for the life of me think why they are not being asked, every single day):
When did you first learn that Andris Biedrins has a chronic abdominal injury, and will never again be able to play basketball?
If it’s true — as you have repeatedly said — that you have deep pockets and are willing to spend money to win, then why didn’t you amnesty Biedrins and get your team a real player in his place?