Revenge played a big part in this turnaround Warriors effort against the Suns. Home cooking certainly played a role.
And Mark Jackson deserves a lot of credit. He committed to running Channing Frye off the three point line. He had the Warriors offense spacing the floor much better, and executing far more crisply. And running the ball back at the Suns. Great tempo in this game.
But I think the biggest difference between this game and the game in Phoenix was the ability to put Andre Iguodala on Eric Bledsoe. Iggy is still nothing like himself, one glance at the box score will tell you that. But Bledsoe was nothing like himself either with Iggy guarding him, and that’s all she wrote.
Games like this get me thinking like I was thinking to start the season.
Thinking that the Warriors have the best starting five in the NBA. Continue reading
I don’t have time for a recap, but this Warriors — Clippers Christmas matchup was too great not to comment on. Apologies for those who follow me on Twitter, this is more of a recap of my timeline than the game itself. Continue reading
Whether due to injury to Bogut or not, the David Lee at center, Green at 4 unit effectively closed the game over the last 3 minutes, expanding the lead. They would have won the game, as David Lee cleverly pointed out post-game, even if the Warriors hadn’t scored in the final 3 minutes. That’s how good that unit was defensively. Continue reading
That was absolutely humiliating. Popovich spanking Mark Jackson on a road back-to-back with his big three sitting on the bench. Kind of puts the lie to the Warriors’ injury problems doesn’t it? Continue reading
The surprising Phoenix Suns present a nightmare matchup problem for the Warriors. I have no idea how the Warriors win this game if Mark Jackson refuses to match up small, as he did in Charlotte. Continue reading
It’s pretty clear to me that given the superlative performance of their big men, the Warriors would have won this game against the Rockets pretty handily if they’d had Andre Iguodala. The Warriors were bedeviled in two areas last night: their perimeter defense, and Curry being unable to free himself from the predatory Patrick Beverly. Iggy would have made a major difference in both areas. Continue reading
I’ve figured out how to recap Warriors games going forward: Ignore the coaching, and focus on the players. There’s just so much teeth gnashing I’m willing to do, and, I assume, you’re willing to read. It is completely clear by now that Jackson is committed to playing big all game every game. Even if it means denying his core of supernaturally talented offensive players the system they were born to play in. Even if it means feeding the best-shooting team in the league 16 point first quarters and 22 point third quarters, regardless of opponent, from now until eternity. Even if it means reaching for an NBA reject big man in his first game up from the D-League, without an ounce of experience in his system, to match up with a 6-7″ center on defense, and plug up the middle on offense, in crunchtime.
Mark Jackson is committed, as Adam Lauridsen would ecstatically put it, to playing “the right way.” It’s pointless to argue differently. It’s time for me, as the adage has it, to “lay back and think of England.”
And Thank Jesus for Stephen Curry.
Oops, reading over that, I see a little recap of the coaching leaked out.
On to the players: Continue reading
Tonight we get to see whether Klay’s defense on Monta last game was for real. A lot of noise was made about Monta struggling through back and ankle injuries after his poor shooting performance.
Either Dalembert is out of favor or he’s dealing with injury problems, as Blair drew the start against Cousins. That would be an even better idea against the non-scoring Bogut, as Blair’s quickness might prove troublesome.
Look for a lot of Shane Larkin in the fourth quarter, and possibly before, as I’m sure Carlisle noticed in the last game how much trouble the two quick guard look gave the Warriors. I’m referring to the last Mavs game, although the Charlotte game would serve just as well.
Marion on Curry, Calderon on Barnes? Wouldn’t be surprised. Prepare for isos.
“We’re a defensive team. 115 points is not acceptable.”
“We were a step slow on defense.”
“We need to play our brand of basketball.”
“We need to be true to our identity.”
“We’re going to stay true to the process.”
That was Mark Jackson’s take on the reasons why the Warriors lost to the Bobcats.
Here’s my take: Mark Jackson stuffed this loss down his team’s throat. His rigid inflexibility of mind and refusal to match up with his opponent was the single biggest reason why the Warriors lost this game. (And it’s something of a tradition for him against the Bobcats in Charlotte.) Continue reading
David Lee took it to Zach Randolph! 23 points 11 rebounds versus a measly 15 and 6!
Is that the storyline, or is it that Mark Jackson finally got the matchups right? That he crossmatched Bogut on Randolph all game long, giving Zebo absolutely nothing inside? Continue reading