Warriors fans enjoyed their first extended Nightmare of the season, as Ekpe Udoh delivered an amazing all-around performance off the bench that electrified the Oracle. The highlight sequence of the night, of course, began with his soaring, left-handed putback slam at 9:35 of the 4th Q. As the Oracle went beserk, the Rockets kept their head, and quickly inbounded the ball and connected over the top to a streaking Courtney Lee, who beat the Warriors defense, and… there was Udoh again, soaring to block Lee’s layup from behind. Wow.
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.
Posted in Golden State Warriors, Joe Lacob, Keith Smart, Recaps
Tagged Acie Law, Ekpe Udoh, Golden State Warriors, Joe Lacob, Keith Smart, Monta Ellis, Recap, Reggie Williams
There are so many positive story lines to this victory I don’t know where to begin.
I’ll start with the most important: How many times in your life have you seen an NBA team go with a lineup of a center and four point guards? At the start of the fourth quarter, the Warriors stepped out with Anthony Randolph, Monta Ellis, Stephen Curry and… Acie Law and CJ Watson. And dominated the garbage time. Thank you, Don Nelson.
You see, that’s one of the things I love about Don Nelson. Something all those anhedonic haters out there will never get. If you let him, he will entertain you. He will make you laugh. He’s crazy!