Yes! This is what we’re supposed to be rooting for, right? Getting Joe Lacob his lottery pick back? If not, I’m confused.
Mark Jackson: Fitz got it exactly right for once, when he stated that this game reminded him of the Charlotte game, in that it was decided in the first quarter.
Well, almost exactly right. Both this game and the Charlotte game were decided before tipoff, when Jackson drew up his lineup card and game plan. Starting Andris Biedrins against a team playing a PF, SF and SG front line, and two PGs in the backcourt. Squeezing the air out of the ball on rebounds. Walking the ball up the court. I can just imagine Jackson and Malone brainstorming before this game: “We can’t get in a running game against Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis, right? We have to slow it down and beat them with our defense. Right?”
Wrong. Mark Jackson fed his Warriors team a 12 point first quarter. And a blowout on their home floor. Again.
And then, because this is a no excuses basketball team, we got treated to another Pastor Jackson post-game presser: ”They threw all the punches, we threw none.” “We didn’t make them feel us.” “An embarrassing effort.”
Jim Barnett: Barnett’s griping about the Warriors walking the ball up the court started early in this game. In the first quarter, in fact. And lo and behold, Fitz actually joined in, commenting that Skiles would love to play the Warriors in a half-court game. Right again, Fitz! Is that a record?
When the Warriors finally got the small-ball going in the second quarter, leading to a Klay Thompson early offense three, Jim couldn’t control himself.
You see what happens when you let the flow come in?
Love you, Barnett. Call me.
Monta Ellis: This beautifully controlled performance in the most emotional of all circumstances was the best F*** you that Monta could have delivered to all of the
snake oil salesmen stat peddlers and ignoramuses in the media who have criticized his play as selfish and out of control over the years, and who were all smugly predicting to each other on Twitter that he’d go off for 40 in this game. Monta Ellis never forced his offense out of personal need. He did it out of team need, because for several years he has been playing 40 minutes a game on teams with decimated or intentionally incomplete rosters.
His shot selection wasn’t horrible when he shot 60% for a month playing alongside Baron Davis and Stephen Jackson under Don Nelson. And it won’t be horrible playing under Scott Skiles on this talented Bucks roster.
I’m going to really enjoy watching him play in the playoffs.
Klay Thompson: Umm… the return of Andrew Bogut can’t come soon enough for Klay. To be fair, this was an impossible matchup for him, even when Jackson was trying to hide him on Beno Udrih. But this is a no excuses basketball team. Right? Or is that on hold until next year too? If so, someone should notify Mark Jackson.
MBam’s 10-15: A direct result of the Warriors’ bigs being pulled away to give help.
Mike Dunleavy: Is a good basketball player, enjoying a fine season under a good coach who knows how to use him. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Gilbert Arenas and Jason Richardson froze him out.
I have to admit to getting some perverse enjoyment at 4:23 4Q, when Dunleavy got Dom McGuire up in the air on a shot fake, and then layed some wood. Ever seen him do that before?
Dom McGuire: Did anyone else see Dom walk right by Bogut, who was offering him a high five after that driving slam to end the third quarter? I wasn’t really sure whether that was intentional or not.
Until I read McGuire’s post-game comments when asked about the Udoh trade: ”That’s some bullsh-t, I’ll be straight up. I’ma keep it 100.” ”Hey, I ain’t got no say so, but I was happy with my goons.” (Courtesy of @SherwoodStrauss)
I have an opinion now.
The Andrew Bogut Trade Analysis: It’s coming, never fear. It’s in the final stages of fermentation, and will be the next thing out of my vat.
Which is why I’ll cut this short, and let you take it from here.