Mark Jackson did everything possible to lose this game, and in the end he succeeded in spectacular fashion. He spoonfed this loss to his Warriors team.
And then, as is his wont, he threw his team under the bus in his post-game comments. Derided them for their lack of effort. Derided them for their lack of physicality against a team that dwarfs them. Derided them for failing to compete.
I’m not the only one who has taken note of this.
Greg Papa: [Jackson] has questioned the effort of the team three times in the last 8 days.
Is that what the real problem is here? A team that doesn’t want to compete?
How many times do you remember Don Nelson eating 20 point blowouts on his home floor? When he was fielding 6 man rosters of D-leaguers, how many times? How many of Don Nelson’s undersized, undermanned, undrafted and unwanted players failed to compete for him?
Congratulations, Joe Lacob. You got the “right man” for the job. I hope you’re enjoying it.
Those who have read my last two posts already know everything I have to say about this game, so I’m going to keep it short and sweet.
Dom McGuire at Starting Two-Guard: A hugely negative +/- in the four games prior to this.
-17 to start this game. Time to make an adjustment?
Nope. -6 to start the third quarter. Game over.
Monta Ellis: Another one of his inefficient games. Or was it?
When Jackson plays a starting shooting guard with an effective range of 1 foot, and walks the ball up the court, what options does Ellis have? Is he going to find a driving lane against a team that can pack the paint with no penalty? Is he going to find an open shooter on the perimeter?
Jackson all but forced Ellis into one-on-one basketball against the best backcourt defender in the NBA.
Dorell Wright: Terrible basketball player?
Rudy Gay (this year): 18.9 pts, 6.7 rbs, 2.3 ast, 1.6 stl, .8 blk
Dorell Wright (last year): 16.4 pts, 5.3 rbs, 3 ast, 1.5 stl, .8 blk
By all accounts, DWright is “not the same player” this year. He’s “having a terrible season.”
Or maybe he’s playing in the Kwame Brown era, for a walk it up coach who doesn’t believe in spacing the floor.
Could it possibly be that it is Mark Jackson who’s having a terrible season?
David Lee: Lee was clearly one of the players whom Jackson threw under the bus after this game: no low-post “presence.” Not “forceful.” Not “physical.” Didn’t “compete.”
This was Mark Jackson commentating on the Warriors last season: “Anytime you post up Biedrins or Lee you are doing the defense a favor.” “David Lee is one of the best in the league at pick and roll.”
How many times in this game did David Lee get to run pick and roll against Marc Gasol? By my count, zero.
Marc Gasol: How do you beat a 7-1 265 lb. All-Star center when you have nothing but 6-9″ players on your front line?
Does pulling him out of the lane to guard David Lee pick and rolls at the top of the key come to mind?
Does spreading the floor with four shooters, and allowing David Lee to face up 20 feet from the hoop with a live dribble come to mind?
Does RUNNING come to mind?
Fastbreak Points: 32-5 in favor of Memphis.
Is that how you beat a team that dwarfs you in size?
Is that how you beat a team with one of the best half-court defenses in the league?
Goose Eggs: Why, if you’re going to play Biedrins at all, it should be at the start of the first and third quarters against Gasol: For the same reason you pound steak with a mallet before throwing it on the grill.
Why you should never play Biedrins with the second unit: The Warriors +8 to start the second quarter, with Udoh at center, and Rush at four.
That’s all I’ve got. No, wait, I’ve got a question….
Joe Lacob, when did you first learn that Biedrins has a chronic abdominal injury, and will never again be able to play basketball?