I shouldn’t bother to write anything about this game. I forgot to record it and only caught the 4th quarter. But I can’t help myself.
Here are my game notes, derived chiefly from the box score:
75 points. Against the Toronto Raptors.
1 fastbreak point. Uno. Is this the correct coaching philosophy for the smallest, fastest, and possibly highest skilled team in the league?
David Lee: 13 shots. Make sense? I don’t know how you can watch that fabulous Lee to Ellis play at 3:12 4Q and not realize that the Warriors halfcourt offense should be run through him. From the high post.
Dom McGuire: Wasted on the perimeter. Isn’t it obvious that McGuire belongs as close to the basket as possible, on offense as well as defense? Isn’t it obvious that playing him at the two destroys the Warriors spacing, thus killing their offensive execution? Isn’t it obvious that he’s generated negative +/- in the starting lineup in all three games in which he’s started? Isn’t it obvious that the only mismatch you can hope to create with him is at RUNNING power forward?
Yes, it’s obvious. To everyone but Mark Jackson.
Udoh starting: Wrong for three reasons:
1) He is not strong enough to do this against front-line centers. And he won’t be able to stay out of foul trouble.
2) It prevents the Warriors from running pick and roll with Lee, because Udoh is always guarded by the center (quite correctly). McGuire at the four, on the other hand, can’t be guarded by the center, if you commit to pushing the tempo.
3) Biedrins on the second unit? This cannot happen, it defeats the entire purpose of the second unit, which should be to run other teams off the floor. Biedrins next to Udoh on the second unit? Completely idiotic. Worse than Biedrins/McGuire. If you intend to play Biedrins at all, you must start him.
To me, the Biedrins adjustment smacks of a coach whose ego is bigger than his understanding of the game. He knew he had to make an adjustment, and knew he could get away with benching Biedrins, even though the obviously correct adjustments were to either bring Dom off the bench, or start him at power forward next to Lee, and never play Biedrins at all.
But removing Dom from the starting two-guard spot would be admitting a mistake. And we all know by now how Jackson feels about that. If you don’t, just take a second look at his face in the post-game, when a reporter dared to suggest making another adjustment against Washington tomorrow.
Don Nelson: 4 shooters on the floor at all times. Run at all times, even after made baskets. Lee at center. Ellis and Lee pick and roll. Lee in the high post, not the low. Lee 25 shots, 10 assists. This game would have been a Warriors blowout victory, 120-100.
But as we know, Don Nelson was “the wrong man to coach this team.”
Mark Jackson: We got to listen to Mark Jackson throw his team under the bus. Again.
Asked about the Warriors fourth straight third quarter collapse: “We talk about it, talk about it, talk about it, but we’ve done nothing to change it.”
Exactly. Funny, that’s two straight games I’ve found myself agreeing with the Preacher.
Unless Joe Lacob pulls off a big trade for Patrick Ewing, Charles Oakley and Anthony Mason, or Rick Smits, the Davis brothers and Derrick McKey, this Warriors team is soon going to be covered head to toe in bus tracks. Because the Preacher is coaching the Pat Riley Knicks and the Larry Brown Pacers that he ran the point for, not the fabulously talented running team assembled by Don Nelson.
Jim Barnett: Poor Barnett simply cannot take it any more: 5:50 4th Q:
Barnett: “… Maybe you change your philosophy and start running some more.”
Fitz: “Yeah, halfcourt to halfcourt is not working.”
When even Fitz knows what the problem is, you’ve got a problem.
In the post-game, Barnett went on a sustained rant about the Warriors’ need to start running. Fitz, of course, reverted to the company line and pulled it back. The problem, stated Fitz, was the lack of offensive production from the Warriors role players. Not capable, or not caring, to draw the direct line from Mark Jackson’s lineups and system to that lack of production.
Jim Barnett, I want you to know something: I love you.
And nice tie.
Blow up the Warriors: This is the current theme, isn’t it? The fans all agree. It’s the reason Jerry West was hired. It’s the reason Joe Lacob hasn’t signed one single veteran to a multi-year contract since Lou Amundson.
I agree. Blow up the Warriors.
Starting with the head coach, Mark Jackson. I was inclined to be optimistic about him, given his prior comments about the Warriors. I was wrong, dead wrong. He is a complete incompetent, who understands absolutely nothing about playing to the strengths of your roster, nothing about the NBA matchup game, and nothing even about X’s and O’s. Is anyone else embarrassed watching him stand to the side and watch Mike Malone diagram the Warriors crunch-time plays?
You’ll have to fire Mike Malone too. He doesn’t know how to coach this team. He’s the guy who was complicit up to his eyeballs in the greatest crime against basketball in history: forcing Lebron James to walk the ball up the court. And now he’s complicit in another crime against basketball: forcing Monta Ellis and David Lee and Stephen Curry to walk the ball up the court.
And for God’s sake, fire the Warriors GM. The guy who knifed the fabulously talented core of the Warriors in the back. For the second straight year.
There’s only one problem with that.
He owns the team.
Goose Eggs: Hey Joe Lacob, when did you first learn that Andris Biedrins has a chronic abdominal injury, and will never again be able to play basketball?
Screw the main-stream media, I’m not going to stop until Warriors fans get the truth.