Mark Jackson did everything possible to lose this game, and in the end he succeeded in spectacular fashion. He spoonfed this loss to his Warriors team. Continue reading
I shouldn’t bother to write anything about this game. I forgot to record it and only caught the 4th quarter. But I can’t help myself.
Here are my game notes, derived chiefly from the box score: Continue reading
Great, gutsy short handed win in Phoenix tonight. One thing that’s never mentioned is that it is really difficult to win on the road on the last game before the all-star break. This Warriors team, no matter how they are struggling, always plays hard. Always has played hard, even when they were down to 6 man rosters in Nellie’s last couple of years. That’s a credit to Monta Ellis, first of all, and Curry and Lee now as well.
Quite a few recent themes of mine surfaced in the play of this game. Let’s run through them, starting with Monta’s game-winner: Continue reading
This is a pretty good Houston Rockets team the Warriors beat tonight. 16-12 overall, something like 13-4 in their last 17 games coming into Oracle.
If this keeps up, Adam Lauridsen is going to start pulling his hair out. Watching games like the last two, I would hate to have to keep thinking up reasons why Monta Ellis, Stephen Curry and David Lee are not good enough to be the core of a perennial playoff contender. That’s gotta be hard. Continue reading
Nice win tonight for the Warriors, but we must acknowledge that it wasn’t the Denver Nuggets that they beat. The Nuggets’ best player, Danilo Gallinari — who happens to be the kind of spread four the Warriors have no answer for — is out for a month. Their second best player, Wilson Chandler, is stuck in China. Ty Lawson, with a sprained foot on one side and a sprained ankle on the other, is a mere shadow of himself. (I know this because he’s on my fantasy team.) When your main asset is speed, two bad wheels cannot be overcome.
What else? Aaron Afflalo, normally a terrific player, has struggled badly with free agency legs. And Nene has been in and out of the lineup with plantar fasciitis.
Not surprisingly, the Nuggets have been struggling, losing five straight games. The Warriors caught them at the right time. Nevertheless, a road win in mile high Denver is still an achievement, no matter who you’re playing. (The Warriors had dropped 15 out of their previous 16 in Denver.) Continue reading
If I squinted my eyes really hard, I thought I could see some remnants of Don Nelson basketball in this Warriors win over the Jazz…. Continue reading
[I]t was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us…. — Charles Dickens
So which game is it, the Clippers game or the Bulls game? Which game represented the real strength of this season’s Warriors team? Tentatively, I’m going to lean towards the Bulls game. Partly because that was the last game I saw, partly because I’m an inveterate Warriors optimist, and partly because I glimpsed a few things I like in Mark Jackson’s game-planning. And partly because Andris Biedrins is still walking in an upright vertical position. Continue reading
It’s getting difficult to make sense of what is going on during Warriors’ games currently. So many agendas are being worked out, so many little dramas. Biedrins taking a back seat to Udoh’s development. Stephen Curry sitting out an entire fourth quarter of a close game. Working Al Thornton, and a radically different style of play, into the rotation.
It is fair to ask at this point whether the Warriors as an organization are even trying to win basketball games. Continue reading
Last night’s Warriors win over the Jazz has had me at a loss for words for nearly a day. How to characterize this win? It was an ugly win, to be sure. Curry had one of the worst games of his career. David Lee was lackluster, on the back-to-back. Vlad Rad was horrid. Udoh was OK, but gassed on his first road back-to-back at altitude. Several non-shooters were brought off the bench, which for long stretches made the Warriors offense look like it was running in mud. Only great shooting nights from Dorell Wright and Reggie Williams, and a legitimate superstar performance from Monta Ellis kept the Warriors in this game, and ultimately got them over the hump. Continue reading
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“There are only three sports: bullfighting, motor racing, and mountaineering; all the rest are merely games.” — Ernest Hemingway
Keith Smart is driving me crazy. The guy has done everything possible to torture me this season. Which includes his frequent habit of coming up with extraordinary coaching performances immediately after abysmal coaching performances. I was in despair of Keith Smart after the last game, not for the first time this season. Now, I’m confused again. But confused in a good way.
This convincing 101-90 Warriors victory over the powerhouse Chicago Bulls was easily the best of the season. And it began and ended with the coach.