Author Archives: David Rubin

Warriors 113 Suns 107: Lee at Center

A chess match broke out at Oracle last night, and lo and behold, for once it was the Warriors coach who won it.          Continue reading

Putin’s Crimean Annexation

At the risk of blowing up this blog, here’s a reprint of an email I just sent to some friends giving my contrarian 2 cents on Putin’s Crimean annexation: Continue reading

Warriors 98 Pacers 96: Thompson Arrives

I snarked pre-game on Twitter that the Warriors were finally playing a team that Mark Jackson knew how to match up against. I was referring of course, to Jackson’s penchant for playing big in crunchtime. And for using Andrew Bogut to close games. Even in the most obviously wrong situations, as against Toronto’s closing smallball frontline of Amir Johnson and Patrick Patterson. Jackson literally gave that game away.     Continue reading

Warriors 126 Knicks 103: Let’s Go!

First off, I’d like to thank all the true connoisseurs of haiku who graciously bit their tongues after reading my last post. I have no pretensions to being a poet, nor of knowing how to write haiku. I simply had the idea to write a single, hopefully entertaining sentence about each Warriors player, rather than my usual verbose and repetitive paragraphs. (No one out there is as sick of my voice at this time as I am.) That led me, for better or worse, to haiku.

As for this game against the Knicks, it might seem like a run of the mill blowout of an absolutely wretched team, but I found in it several things that caught my interest. And so, hopefully with my little exercise in brevity carrying over a bit into my prose, here we go:         Continue reading

Warriors 93 Nets 86: Nellieball Haiku

The floor is spread, the offense flows.

The extra wing, the defense swarms.

Nellieball.

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Warriors 102 Rockets 99: Increasingly Isolated

Anyone satisfied with this win? I don’t like to quibble with wins generally, but the noise surrounding this one was pretty loud. Steve Kerr and Chris Webber absolutely killed Mark Jackson’s stagnant iso-heavy offense in their TNT commentary last night. And that was nothing compared to what I saw on Twitter from the Warriors media.             Continue reading

Warriors 123 76ers 80: Mo’ Speights

I’m going to try to refrain from making more out of this Mo Speights 32 point explosion than it is. It was the Sixers, of course, the worst team in the NBA. On a road back-to-back. In the midst of a dual whammy All-Star vacation and Trade Deadline funk. Mid-tank.

The Sixers are a team that for many reasons doesn’t feel like competing right now, and they are not competing at historic levels.   Continue reading

Warriors 102 Bulls 87: The Shadow Warriors

We got a look at the Shadow Warriors in this victory over the Bulls. By which I mean the seldom-seen lineup combinations within this Warriors roster, the true full squad within the #fullsquad, that GM Joe Lacob, Spokesmodel Bob Myers, and interim coach Mark Jackson would strongly prefer to keep hidden from view.

I’m referring of course to the one big + four smalls, and even five smalls units that worked to perfection last night in blowing out a bigger, rougher and tougher Chicago Bulls team. I’m referring to the gloriously talented Nellieball units contained within this extraordinarily versatile Warriors roster, that have the power to transform this Warriors team from pretender to contender. Continue reading

Warriors 111 Clippers 92: The Crossmatch Returns

The story of this Warriors — Clippers game is that Crawford, Barnes and Green badly outplayed Crawford, Barnes and Green. Check the boxscore if you don’t believe me.

Actually, the real story of this game is that Mark Jackson, for the first time this season, got the matchups right. I’m talking, of course, about the frontcourt crossmatch he served up, putting Andrew Bogut on Blake Griffin, and David Lee on DeAndre Jordan.   Continue reading

Timberwolves 121 Warriors 120: Beat Up

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.      Continue reading