The scrap-end of this Warriors team has apparently not gotten the memo. Don’t they know how badly Joe Lacob wants his lottery pick back?
I shouldn’t be recapping this game. I’m in the middle of my long and tortured analysis of the trade for Andrew Bogut. But I’ve enjoyed the last two games so much — as much as any games this season — that I’ve just got to say a few words. Plus, the comments on the last thread were getting a little long, and I’ve got a few valued blog members whose web pages are slow to load. So let’s start a new thread with a few brief observations:
The fast break. The running after made baskets (8:30 1Q — FIRST TIME ALL SEASON — Thank you Beans, you remembered how). The early offense. The spread floor. The trust in Dorell Wright (another first). Dominic McGuire where he belongs, at the four. And five.
The spread floor.
The Nellie Ball.
Why in the world did it take until now — until the plug had been pulled on the season — for Mark Jackson to start playing winning basketball? The style of basketball this roster was designed for?
It makes me want to look up the word “irony” in the dictionary again. I’ve never quite gotten the proper usage of that word.
Klay Thompson: The man of the hour. Stepping into the big shoes, on the big stage. He’s a fabulous offensive player. The whole package, shooting, handling, passing. Huge IQ.
That won’t be the issue. Mark Jackson said he “took the challenge” against Ray Allen tonight. My eyes told me something different: I saw the Warriors giving a lot of help, and Bass and Garnett getting easy buckets as a result. And I saw Pietrus slipping open for threes. But that’s quibbling after a game like this. Let’s see what happens.
And I will say this about Thompson’s defense, without reservation: He’s conscientious, and smart. That’s got 75% of the NBA’s two-guards beat right there. Which is why Marco Belinelli got the job in NOLA, and Marcus Thornton got shipped out.
Nate Robinson: Absolutely fabulous game as a point-guard, right up until that final non-fundamental, unnecessarily off-balance three-ball for the win. Another thing that reminded me of Marco Belinelli.
Am I mistaken, or has the undeniably talented Nate been all business in the last two games? He is in the process of earning his next contract.
It won’t be from Joe Lacob. He’s
tapped capped out.
Brandon Rush: The development in his game this season has been incredible. The handle. The aggressive drives. Those slams in traffic. The rebounding. Most impressive to me: that crunch time defense on Paul Pierce. Wowza. You can count the number of players who can do that on the fingers of one hand.
The man has a huge court presence. I’m thinking now that he could not only be a starter in this league, but he could be a starter on a playoff team. What was Larry Bird thinking? He must be sick right now. If the Pacers still had Rush, I’d make them a favorite to beat the Bulls in the playoffs. No, I wouldn’t. Yes, I would.
He’s a restricted free agent this summer. Will Joe Lacob re-sign him? Stay tuned for my next post.
Dorell Wright: Huge defensively and on the boards in this game, as well as his formerly efficient self offensively. The man can play basketball. When given the chance.
It was good to see him in the fourth quarter, finally. Where has he been? More on that in my next post, as well.
Goose Eggs: I don’t think he’s a dog. I think he’s got Osteitis Pubis, and has had since 2009. I think he wishes he could play better, or that Joe Lacob had bought him out. One of the two.
David Lee: 41 minutes. 22 points, 8 rebounds. 6 stitches.
I wonder how long it would take Adam Lauridsen to get back to his keyboard after he got 6 stitches?
Jim Barnett: “[David Lee] has been much more effective against Kevin Garnett than he has against Brandon Bass.”
One of the many, many reasons I love Jim Barnett.
Bob Fitzgerald: Now that the tank is on, Fitz is ten times more relaxed.
And ten times better.
Mark Jackson: Didn’t throw his team under the bus. In fact, he seemed downright human. I think I’m going to enjoy the post-game pressers a lot more from now on.
At least until next season, when once again the Warriors will be a no excuses basketball team.