Category Archives: Golden State Warriors

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

Second Thoughts: Warriors 114 Celtics 111

The Warriors played triangle virtually every possession of the second unit in this game, with David Lee in the mid-post. Lee almost never looked at the basket after receiving the ball, instead looking for cutters and open shooters. 7 assists in 16 minutes. Those shots he did take were unassisted — he had to create for himself, usually out of the post. This might help explain to some why Lee scored only two points on four shots.   Continue reading

Contender Down: Warriors 131 Rockets 106

Wow. That was as brutal a dismantling of a team’s playoff hopes and aspirations as I’ve ever witnessed. I thought the Rocket’s might be a contender before the season started, but no longer. Some things have changed, and some things I simply got wrong.  Continue reading

Quick Takes: Warriors 104 Heat 89

There’s not a lot to say about these last two Warriors bushwhackings of the inferior Jazz and Heat, so I’ll keep this short:              Continue reading

Dawn of an Era: Warriors 117 Thunder 91

And the dawn comes up like thunder outer China crost the Bay.                                            — Rudyard Kipling

Somewhere in the middle of this game I became convinced that the Warriors are a championship contender. I’ve known for some time that they had the players — I called their roster the best in the Western Conference before last season. But I’ve never had the confidence that they had the right coach, and the right basketball philosophy, to get deep into the playoffs. Until right now.     Continue reading

Merry Christmas: Lakers 115 Warriors 105

The Lakers got the best Christmas present they could possibly wish for in this game against the Warriors: the absence of Kobe Bryant. Could there be any more stark indication of what a bad player Kobe is now? Utterly inefficient. Utterly selfish. A willful and unrepentant destroyer of his team’s offensive chemistry. An indifferent destroyer of his team’s defense (he hasn’t competed on that end in years). It was fascinating to watch the Lakers play like a team on both ends, and I for one was amazed at how the worst defensive team in the league could look for one night like one of the best. Maybe they are one of the best, with Ed Davis in for Boozer, and Wayne Ellington in for Kobe? Wesley Johnson is no slouch — ask Harrison Barnes. Continue reading

Fantasy versus Reality: Part One

The Warriors have reached the quarter pole of the season, and I feel it’s time to take their temperature. Let’s see…            Continue reading

Nellieball Rides Again

Frenchy: “Get out before I kill you!”

Destry: “You mean you ain’t been trying?”

— Destry Rides Again

There are some games in an NBA schedule that just can’t be won. And an 11:00 a.m. start on a road game in Texas, playing in a different system than you’re used to, against one of the league’s hottest teams, would seem to be one of them. I’ll confess I wasn’t high on the Warriors chances before this game, to put it mildly. So the fact that the Warriors dominated made a real statement to me.  Continue reading

Odor City: Warriors 104 Pistons 93

“Who am I?”     — Jason Bourne

Only reason I’m choosing to recap this game, or indeed this road trip, is that it’s been awhile, and I have some free time. The Warriors weren’t really tested on this trip, against some truly godawful teams. I don’t think it’s even possible for the bottom of the East to be worse than it is this season. Continue reading