Monthly Archives: January 2013

The Miraculous Season: Warriors 104 Thunder 99

A few short days after I watched the Lakers compete hard against the Miami Heat, took a look at the Warriors schedule, and pronounced that the Warriors still have a tough road  ahead to make the playoffs, I’m ready to take it all back. This Warriors team is going to the playoffs. Guaranteed.  Continue reading

One Leg Blues: Warriors 116 Hornets 112

I got a woman with one leg yeah/I got a woman with two/I got a woman with a wooden leg/I’ll tell you what that’s gonna do.

  — Wild Willy Barrett

These sprained ankles to Stephen Curry and David Lee could not have come at a worse time in the Warriors schedule. But the gritty Warriors fought through their one leg blues to turn in two fine road performances in San Antonio and New Orleans, culminating in this nail-biting win against the surging Hornets. And boy did they need it, coming into New Orleans having lost 6 of their last 7, and looking at a brutally tough schedule through the end of January. Out of the next 7 games, which include a 4 games in 5 nights road trip, the Warriors figure to be favorites in only two.

Continue reading

Warriors Myths Exposed: Nuggets 116 Warriors 105

It’s never easy to go into Denver and get a win. Particularly against this Denver team, which just got Wilson Chandler back. Chandler is one of my favorite players in the NBA, a world-class defender of three positions, as well as a versatile scorer. A true Nellieball two-way wing.  Continue reading

The Barnes Identity: Warriors 115 Clippers 94

There are plenty of reasons to discount this Warriors win over the Clippers. I sensed this would be a blowout before it happened, and missed an opportunity to make myself look good by predicting it in the last thread. I have noticed before that when teams come off a long winning streak, they often suffer a sustained letdown. This was also a road back-to-back. The Clippers were without Caron Butler, which threw off their normal rotation and further sapped their energy. And they are certainly looking ahead to the Lakers on Friday.        Continue reading