Author Archives: feltbot

Keith Smart Lives: Warriors 91 Thunder 86

I always used to say that losing Andrew Bogut’s services made Mark Jackson a better coach. With Steve Kerr, however, the opposite appears to be true. If you ask me, Kerr almost got the Warriors beat in a game they should have controlled.     Continue reading

Solving Lacob’s Cube

The amateur GM of the Warriors has given his rookie coaches a lot of difficult puzzles to solve over the years. Veritable Rubik’s Cube rosters of mismatched pieces, that Keith Smart and Mark Jackson struggled to color coordinate. One-way defensive centers who were poor offensive partners for one of the most talented pick and roll point guards to ever play (The Kwame Brown Era, Bogut, Ezeli). Backup power forwards who weren’t power forwards (Lou Amundson, Jeremy Tyler, Jermaine O’Neal, Mo Speights). Defensive wings who couldn’t shoot the three (Dominic McGuire, the rookie Green), or actually defend (the rookie Barnes). Backup point guards who couldn’t shoot the three (the rookie Jeremy Lin, Ish Smith, Acie Law, Charles Jenkins, and yes, Shaun Livingston), or run the team (Charles Jenkins, Nate Robinson, Tony Douglas, Kent Bazemore, Jordan Crawford), or both.           Continue reading

Clobbered City: Warriors 121 Clippers 104

I thought before last season started that the Warriors were already a better team than the Clippers. All of the reasons I gave then still apply, but particularly the fact that the Clippers are terribly weak defensively on the wings. JJ Redick and Jamal Crawford — among the league’s worst. Matt Barnes appears to have fallen off the face of the earth. If the Clips don’t fix this situation, they’re in for a disappointing season.  Continue reading

Cashious Klay: Warriors 95 Blazers 90

Klay’s been money this week. I’ll just let that be my intro.

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The Showcase: Golden State Warriors 2014-15 Preview

Exhibition season is now over, and because I’ve been out of town for almost all of it, what I know about this year’s Warriors is similar to what an amateur astronomer knows about a streaking comet by watching it through a telescope, on a cloudy night.  But will that stop me from commenting, analyzing and prognosticating? No, it will not.

Feltbot rides again.          Continue reading

Feltbot’s 2014-15 Western Conference Forecast

Once again we have an ultra-competitive Western Conference, where 48 wins might not be enough to to get into the playoffs, and a handful of teams have a legitimate shot at the top spot. Here’s my forecast, along with my picks against the Vegas Win-Totals Lines. Regular readers know I’ve had pretty good success with these historically, and particularly recently, going 10-1-1 the last two seasons. But I found only two lines to bet this season, because I demand a lot of edge, and I just don’t see it this year. Sometimes the bookies are pretty good.

[edit: I’m now betting THREE Western Conference lines, going over on the TWolves.]             Continue reading

Out of Town Blues

Opening a new thread as the old one appears to have expired. Unfortunately I’m still out of town, but hope to return in the next few days.

Regarding the caching problem, it could be on my end as I have a caching plugin.  Something to add to my to do list.

Apologies again for the absence and thanks for your patience.

 

Dog Days v.2014

This is that time of year when nothing NBA happens, and I take a break from blogging. It also so happens that this year I’ve found the Warriors’ offseason moves to be thoroughly dispiriting, leaving me more lethargic than usual. I’m in the jaws of the Black Dog.

But don’t let that stop you.

Love’s Labour’s Lost

“The words of Mercury are harsh after the songs of Apollo. You that way: we this way.”     — Armado

Kevin Love to the Cavs for Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett, and a protected 2015 first-round draft pick. That’s the melancholy news greeting Warriors fans this morning.     Continue reading

Of Yoenis Cespedis and Harrison Barnes, Billy Beane and Joe Lacob

Billy Beane is quite clearly the class of baseball. The best talent evaluator as well as the best GM at timing and executing really complex moves whether tactical (for the season) or strategic (for the future).

I think dumping Cespedes for a stretch run and playoff run with Lester is a sign of his genius, that in all probability no other GM in baseball would have had the guts to pull off. Because Cespedes was in many ways the most exciting player on the As, probably the most identifiable player on the team, a big fan draw. One of the faces of the franchise. Continue reading