Author Archives: David Rubin

Pre-game Jitters: Warriors @ Suns

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

Rockets 116 Warriors 112: I See You

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

Warriors 95 Mavs 93: Players Only

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

Pre-Game Jitters: Mavs at Warriors

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.

Bobcats 115 Warriors 111: Jackson Spanked

“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

Warriors 108 Grizzlies 82: The Crossmatch

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

Warriors 112 Raptors 103: Doctor Jekyll and Mister Jackson

Mark Jackson joked in the post-game that his role in this nearly historic Warriors comeback victory against the Raptors was nothing more than “spiritual advisor.” And the players and media pundits I heard credited the victory to the Warriors simply coming out in the second half with more fire in their belly, and playing hard.

I think we all know that’s not true. Mark Jackson’s decision-making was central to the outcome of this game. Jackson was instrumental in digging the Warriors a 27 point deficit, and he was equally instrumental in allowing his best players to dig their way out. Continue reading

Warriors 115 Kings 113: Notes on Barnes and Bogut

Our buddies Abe and Nancy sprang a nice surprise on me and the Thaiblonde at the Kings’ game yesterday: floor seats! Great seats, great game, great company, great day. Thanks Abe and Nancy!

You’ve already read game recaps by this time, so I’ll restrict my comments on the game to a few notes on Harrison Barnes and Andrew Bogut.   Continue reading

Thunder 113 Warriors 112: Jackson Vindicated

Brutal. Is it just me, or have the Warriors had more ridiculously unlucky last second losses than even imaginable in the last 5 years? I remember a Lebron three, a banked in three (Also the Thunder? Jeff Green?)…. Continue reading

Grizzlies 88 Warriors 81: Hero Ball

Don’t have time for a full recap of this Warriors overtime loss to the Grizzlies, but here’s a few things I think are worth noting:  Continue reading