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Stephen Curry MVP: The Clincher

By now, everyone interested has heard all of the arguments for and against Stephen Curry and James Harden in the MVP discussion. I don’t intend to rehash all of that. I just want to tell you the precise moment in the season when it became crystal clear to me who is the real MVP of the league.       Continue reading

The Real Spurs: Spurs 107 Warriors 92

I wrote after the Warriors victory over the Spurs in Oracle that the team they beat wasn’t the real Spurs. And of course, I heard it from some of the diehard Warriors fans afterwards. Maybe now they know what I meant. A rested and healthy Spurs team, at home, is far different from the ghost that wafted through Oracle at the end of a February road trip.   Continue reading

Feltbot’s Farewell: Warriors 107 Grizzlies 84

Just like that, all of the suspense went out of a potential playoff matchup between the Warriors and Grizzlies. The Grizz have no chance against this Warriors squad. None, nada. As I tweeted in the fourth quarter, the only thing Grizzlies fans have left to look forward to this season is the final fall of the guillotine in the playoffs.

The media storyline will be that the Warriors have a strong enough and deep enough front line to neutralize the Grizzlies’ greatest strength. And the Warriors have Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, and the Grizzlies don’t. That’s all very true, and a good summary of the situation.

But let’s take a deeper look. There are a number of very interesting reasons why the Grizzlies can’t possibly match up against the Warriors, that I doubt will ever get mentioned by the major media:   Continue reading

Sauntering Down the Stretch — Open Thread

This is one of the oddest NBA seasons in memory. The number one seeds in both conferences have commanding leads with around 20 games left to play, but neither is the Vegas favorite to win the championship. The ninth-place team in the West, currently out of the playoffs, is tied for the third best odds to win the championship with the leader in the East. The Cavs are 11-5, Warriors 15-4 and the Thunder and Hawks are 7-1. In other words, its all over, but it’s wide open.

The Warriors regular season has lost interest. Their lead in the West is so commanding that Kerr can pull a Popovich and rest his starters whenever he feels like it. Their skill level is such that Curry frequently has to put on a third quarter exhibition of some kind just to keep the fans happy. They’re so good, that the clear MVP of the league is in danger of losing the award, for lack of fourth quarter playing time. Have you ever seen anyone lose the MVP because he regularly puts opponents away in the third quarter?

The Warriors are so good, that it’s a long, long wait between games that are interesting enough to write about. So like Steve Kerr, I’m going to rest my horses until the playoffs. Here’s a clean thread.

King Konged: Cavaliers 110 Warriors 99

The media storyline of this Cavaliers win over the Warriors: Curry and Klay bad shooting nights, LeBron unstoppable.

My storyline: Steve Kerr made it so.       Continue reading

Thoughts on a Boxscore: Pacers 104 Warriors 98

Still haven’t had a chance to watch the Pacers game, and may not for a while, but a few things stand out from the box score:            Continue reading

As the Cube Turns: Warriors 110 Spurs 99

This may have been a great win for the Warriors players. It may have helped their psyche a bit, to see the chinks in the armor of this great Spurs team. And boy are there chinks. Chinks you could drive a tank through. Chinks so big that you wonder if the World Champs will ever get healthy and organized enough to become a factor come playoff time.  Continue reading

Trade David Lee: Hawks 126 Warriors 116

The Warriors are a ridiculous 40-9 at the moment, and will likely enter the All-Star break at an even more ridiculous 42-9. And judging from the comments I’m getting on this blog and on Twitter, the consensus among the fans is that if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.     Continue reading

Pre-Game Jitters: Warriors at Hawks

Golden State Warriors, best in the West. Atlanta Hawks, best in the East.

This should be a crazy fun game. Not just the two best teams in the league playing, but two teams that are very similar in structure and principles. Two coaches from the Popovich tree, stressing ball-movement and pace. Two teams built on Nellieball principles, with tough as nails stretch-fours and long three-point shooting wings. Two teams that play with high character and utter unselfishness.           Continue reading

Bulls 113 Warriors 111

Could have been a win, should have been a win, I don’t really care about that at this point in the season. The Warriors are virtually assured of having a top seed. I was just grateful for the opportunity to finally see a great, competitive game. And to see the Warriors under pressure. We need games like this, against teams like this great Bulls team, to get a glimpse at some of the issues the Warriors will face in the playoffs.  Continue reading