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
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
The amateur GM of the Warriors has given his rookie coaches a lot of difficult puzzles to solve over the years. Veritable Rubik’s Cube rosters of mismatched pieces, that Keith Smart and Mark Jackson struggled to color coordinate. One-way defensive centers who were poor offensive partners for one of the most talented pick and roll point guards to ever play (The Kwame Brown Era, Bogut, Ezeli). Backup power forwards who weren’t power forwards (Lou Amundson, Jeremy Tyler, Jermaine O’Neal, Mo Speights). Defensive wings who couldn’t shoot the three (Dominic McGuire, the rookie Green), or actually defend (the rookie Barnes). Backup point guards who couldn’t shoot the three (the rookie Jeremy Lin, Ish Smith, Acie Law, Charles Jenkins, and yes, Shaun Livingston), or run the team (Charles Jenkins, Nate Robinson, Tony Douglas, Kent Bazemore, Jordan Crawford), or both. Continue reading
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Tagged Andre Iguodala, Andrew Bogut, David Lee, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson, Leandro Barbosa, Marreese Speights, Shaun Livingston, Stephen Curry, Steve Kerr
Zach Lowe of Grantland has just written a characteristically thorough and instructive look at the conundrum the Warriors are facing in trying to trade for Kevin Love. He concludes that the Warriors should make the deal happen, regardless of the pain of swallowing Kevin Martin’s contract.
He might prove right about that in the end, but for what it’s worth I believe he’s made several crucial errors in his analysis. Continue reading
It will go completely unreported by the mainstream press, but it was Mark Jackson’s opening defensive game plan that nearly sunk the Warriors against the Blazers in this game. Continue reading
I’m not going to harp too much on the outcome of this game, because as the game wore on, it became apparent that the Warriors didn’t have the horses to go the distance. Actually, it was apparent as early as the first quarter, when Mark Jackson pulled Stephen Curry at 4:14. No way he does that if Curry’s 100% — he’s been playing the entire first quarter this season. And as even 5 yr. old Warriors fans know — better than anyone, in fact — no Stephen Curry, no win. Continue reading
First off, I’d like to thank all the true connoisseurs of haiku who graciously bit their tongues after reading my last post. I have no pretensions to being a poet, nor of knowing how to write haiku. I simply had the idea to write a single, hopefully entertaining sentence about each Warriors player, rather than my usual verbose and repetitive paragraphs. (No one out there is as sick of my voice at this time as I am.) That led me, for better or worse, to haiku.
As for this game against the Knicks, it might seem like a run of the mill blowout of an absolutely wretched team, but I found in it several things that caught my interest. And so, hopefully with my little exercise in brevity carrying over a bit into my prose, here we go: Continue reading
The story of this Warriors — Clippers game is that Crawford, Barnes and Green badly outplayed Crawford, Barnes and Green. Check the boxscore if you don’t believe me.
Actually, the real story of this game is that Mark Jackson, for the first time this season, got the matchups right. I’m talking, of course, about the frontcourt crossmatch he served up, putting Andrew Bogut on Blake Griffin, and David Lee on DeAndre Jordan. Continue reading
Mark Jackson ranted a bit about the Warriors defense after this loss to the Timberwolves, but I don’t believe the Warriors have the horses right now to play the defense they played earlier in the season. This is one beat-up team. With a very shallow bench, particularly across the front line. Continue reading
“We’re right there.” — Stephen Curry
I don’t buy the media narrative that the Indiana Pacers are on another level than the Golden State Warriors. While other writers saw nothing but how far away the Warriors are from the 33-7 Pacers, what I noticed was just how close the Warriors are to beating this team with a stick.
In my mind, the Warriors are merely two players away.
Andre Iguodala and Jordan Crawford. Continue reading