Category Archives: Keith Smart

THAT’S the Way: Warriors 122 Clippers 112

…Uh huh, Uh huh, I like it. — KC & The Sunshine Band

This was the best win of the Warriors’ season. I say that first of all because it came against a very tough team, the Los Angeles Clippers. Don’t scoff. This isn’t your Daddy’s Clippers team. This is the Clippers team of Blake Griffin, who only needs continued health to erase all memory of Karl Malone. (Yes, I said that.) This is a Clippers team with Eric Gordon, who is rapidly becoming a bonafide star. And with Baron Davis.  A healthier, slimmed down, motivated, gleam-in-his-eye Baron Davis, who has finally been freed from the half-court swamp of The Kamanosaurus by the emergence of DeAndre Jordan at center.       Continue reading

No Cigar: Lakers 115 Warriors 110

It is more than a little sad to say that I’m somewhat pleased by this ultra-competitive Warriors’ loss to the Lakers. But that’s where we Warriors fans find ourselves in relation to our insufferable LaLa land counterparts these days. The Lakers are the defending two-time champs. They have a bankroll that dwarfs ours. One of the best big men in NBA history fell into their lap, even if they don’t completely know what to do with him.

And of course, they have a GM who knows how to build a winning bench. The Warriors have a GM — Joe Lacob — who gave us Lou Amundson and Jeremy Lin. Two players not good enough to even dip a toe into this game against the big boys.    Continue reading

A Nellieball Christmas: Warriors 109 Blazers 102 + Heat 96 Lakers 80 + Magic 86 Celtics 78

Two late great Warriors wins in a row, what a wonderful feeling after these long weeks of teeth-grinding misery. And this one against a former Western Conference powerhouse, a team that the Warriors are going to be competing with for that 8 seed, if Monta Ellis’ prediction comes true. I say former because Brandan Roy’s bone on bone career is currently in doubt, and trade rumors are swirling around Andre Miller.

I’m going to get to this great Warriors win. But first, in honor of Christmas — which is my favorite holiday on a spiritual level, and now also on an NBA basketball level as well, thanks to the decidedly unspiritual David Stern — and also in honor of Don Nelson, whose style of basketball was greatly honored today — I’m going to gift-wrap you some bonus coverage.

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Vladdy!: Warriors 117 Kings 109

As the third quarter came to a close, I wasn’t planning on recapping this game. The Warriors trailed by 14, and if they had gone on to lose, I was just going to write one line in the comments to the last post:

I think Don Nelson could have solved the puzzle of this game.

But surprise to end all surprises, Keith Smart stepped up and solved it himself. The key to beating the Kings in this game was to go small, with David Lee at center, and Vlad Rad at power forward. On offense, spread the floor and let your great slashers and shooters work. On defense, use your quicker players to deny King’s penetration, and when you get the rebound off of that inevitable Tyreke Evans brick, RUN.

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A Win in the Worst Way: Warriors 108 Twolves 99

Whew. Props to Bob Fitzgerald for never panicking in this game. After that 17 point first quarter performance, I have to admit I had my doubts that the Warriors would win.

It’s not usually my way to nitpick after wins. But it’s also never been my way to put on false optimism, or sugarcoat what I’m seeing. I write about what I see. And I’m seeing a lot more negatives than positives on the court right now.

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Congratulations, Joe Lacob: Heat 106 Warriors 84

“We know our best offense is before the defense gets set. You can’t teach speed, you can’t get back on speed.” — Lebron James, two nights ago, after beating the Jazz in Utah.

“We didn’t want to play half-court offense against a defense that good.” — Andre Miller, last night, on pushing the tempo to beat the Magic.

“The Warriors have to stay away from half-court offense. They need to learn how to run.” — Jim Barnett, tonight, pre-game show.

Keith Smart apparently doesn’t agree with Lebron and Miller and Barnett. Keith Smart apparently believes that the Warriors, quite possibly the fastest team end-to-end in the league, should walk the ball up the court on every possession.           Continue reading

Small Ball Storms: Warriors 109 Thunder 114

The newly big Warriors were thrashed by small ball in this game. If you don’t know already that the Thunder are a quintessential small ball team, let me explain.  Forget about Nenad Krstic at center. Many of Nellie’s best teams had non-scoring defensive anchors at center. Andris Biedrins, for one. Shawn Bradley for another, who came within a Nowitzki knee injury in game 3 of the 2003 Conference Finals of winning a title. (Can you imagine the consternation of snake-oil salesmen like John Hollinger and Dave Berri if Shawn Bradley had won a title?)                           Continue reading

The Warriors Bet Ends and Pre-Game Jitters: Suns at Warriors

Um, the Warriors are -2.5 FAVORED against the Suns tonight?  For those following along, The Warriors Bet is off, and now that I see this line I think it will remain off.  Bookies never remain behind the curve for long, and they have had ample time to size up this Warriors squad and review their mistakes. I don’t see any edge in this bet, and will be following Feltbot’s First Law of Sportsbetting: Continue reading

Spanked by a Master: Spurs 118 Warriors 98

There are no two ways around it: Last night, Greg Popovich gave Keith Smart as thorough a spanking as I have ever witnessed one coach give another in an NBA game. Well, there was that multiple spanking that Nellie gave Mark Cuban and his Squeaky General. But you get the idea.

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Out-Smarted: Warriors 111 Grizzlies 116

5 straight losses? Are you getting the feeling that the Warriors would never win another game all season if David Lee remained out? I’m going to do my best not to repeat what I’ve been posting recently about Coach Keith Smart, but it’s not going to be easy. The simple truth is that with Lee out, Keith Smart is getting exposed. He is getting out-coached something fierce. He is giving every impression of a man so out of his depth that he is trying to out-smart himself.

Instead of risking stupefaction among my readers by letting myself go into another full-lunged squawl, how about I just lightly run down my bullet points? Like a funeral dirge for one finger….

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