Mark Jackson ranted a bit about the Warriors defense after this loss to the Timberwolves, but I don’t believe the Warriors have the horses right now to play the defense they played earlier in the season. This is one beat-up team. With a very shallow bench, particularly across the front line.
Bogut: He’s not recovered from the knee strain he suffered against the Pacers. I saw him limping around in the fourth quarter.
He would have struggled regardless. I wrote earlier in the season, after watching him get moved around like a rag doll by DeMarcus Cousins, that while dropping a lot of weight in the offseason helped Bogut with the health of his ankle, it has cost him considerably in terms of strength in the low post. Big Pek simply overran him. Snacked on him.
11-18. Yum, yum.
Lee: Took 2 anti-inflammatory shots in his sprained left shoulder in order to suit up for Love and Pekovic. That’s standard around the league, right?
He’s overpaid. We need to get rid of him, make room for Barnes.
I wonder if that’s still what “the majority of Warriors fans” believe? Does Ethan Strauss poll them continuously?
Iggy: Kevin Martin, 26 points on 10-17. His best game in two months.
Here’s a little hint to those who don’t understand what’s happened to the Warriors defense: If Iggy can’t guard, then the Warriors can’t guard.
And if Iggy, Bogut and Lee are all three banged up, then just be very grateful you’ve got Stephen Curry on your team, and try — as the Warriors did on this night, despite the protestations of their coach — to win with your offense.
By the way, did you notice that Mark Jackson chose to guard KMart with Klay Thompson instead of Iggy, on that fateful final play? He hid Iggy on Corey Brewer.
Curry: Despite the fourth quarter boo boos, simply playing at an unbelievably high level right now. The pick and rolls are getting better and better, works of art.
I wrote early on in Curry’s career, in response to those who doubted that he was a point guard, that if he ever got a legitimate big man to throw it to in pick and roll, his assist totals would explode.
Barnes: It’s no fun kicking a guy when he’s down. I’m not the guy howling in the wilderness anymore. Barnes is getting crucified by the general public, and even the Warriors media seems to be noticing that something’s up.
It’s clear that Barnes has completely lost his confidence on offense. He’s shooting .317 from the field in the last 10 games, and is down to .416 for the season. For a small forward, that’s… not good.
What is a bit of a mystery is that his drive — that so electrified the faithful in his rookie season — seems to have completely disappeared. I think he’s been scouted this season, and teams are sending an early second defender when he puts the ball on the floor. Because when you do that, something good is going to happen. Like a turnover.
Barnes handle and playmaking abilities haven’t improved at all from his rookie season, and I’m not optimistic about future progress. I know he’s young, but I also know that these areas are difficult to improve in those without aptitude.
It’s a bit ironic that he’s getting the goat treatment from fans today, because I thought this was one of his better all-around performances this season. He was extremely active on defense, and even went for two shot blocks — a rarity — getting one.
There’s a reason he was +13 for the night, that obviously had nothing to do with his wretched offensive contributions. For some mysterious reason, the starters were strongly negative with Klay to start the first and third quarters, and then strongly positive with Barnes when Klay was taken out.
Maybe it was as simple as taking Klay off Rubio — a nonsensical assignment as Rubio can’t shoot, and beat Klay off the drive all night. The Warriors guarded the TWolves conventionally when Barnes was brought in.
Speights: Amazing what playing with a point guard can do for a big man, isn’t it?
Green: 2-2 on free throws. Bounced the second one in off of the front rim. #Feltbot’sLaw
Restrained himself from throwing up wild shots, looking instead to set up his teammates. Played a bit of point-forward. 5 assists.
One might almost think… nah.
Crawford: Yes, Mark Jackson, yes. High pick and roll.
Looked pretty good, didn’t it?
Minutes are going to be very tough to come by for him. He can’t play the Jarrett Jack role, because Iggy.
Or can he? What’s to keep the Warriors from playing more smallball? I mean, besides Joe Lacob and Mark Jackson?
Even those two reactionaries might change their minds if the Warriors’ bigs don’t heal up soon.
Mark Jackson: I was very pleasantly surprised by how much the Warriors looked to run last night. Long outlets over halfcourt. (Finally utilizing the phenomenal outlet passing ability of Bogut and Lee.) Players leaking out right and left. Pushing the tempo.
27 fast break points!
Outcome aside, this was a beautifully played basketball game, by two phenomenal offensive teams.
The Thaiblonde and I thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.