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Pre-Game Jitters: Rockets

The Warriors are in Houston tonight.  The Rockets have struggled badly after a hot start to the season.  They are 4-6 in January, and have lost 4 out of 5 games on their current home stand.  Their problem has been putting the ball in the hole.  With Trevor Ariza and Shane Battier at the two and three,  the Rockets are perhaps the only team in the league that doesn’t have a natural scorer at either of the wing positions.  Their effort to make Ariza into a  go-to guy has been a failure:  He is shooting a miserable 38% from the floor, taking 15 shots a game, and 30% from three, taking 6 a game.         Continue reading

No Lightning: Thunder 112 Warriors 104

This game highlighted a lot of the things that the Warriors are currently lacking. The Warriors lack, quite obviously, a long wing defender who could have been used to guard Kevin Durant.  No Stephen Jackson, no Kelenna Azubuike, not even a Cartier Martin.  Durant went for an effortless 45 and 11. The Warriors lack, at least at the moment, a starting center who can rebound and defend the paint.  The Thunder out-rebounded the Warriors by 14, and Russell Westbrook went to the line for 17 free throws, making 14 on the way to a 28 point 8 assist performance.  The Warriors lack a power forward who is capable of matching up against the Jeff Greens of the league.  Like, perhaps, Anthony Randolph.  The Warriors were forced to give Anthony Tolliver help on Green, which exacerbated their problems on the boards.

And the Warriors lack Monta Ellis, superstar.  Monta is back, but he has not been the star of any of the three games he has played since his return.

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No Show: Hornets 123 Warriors 110

It’s been a long hard season, and Feltbot is worn down and needs an optimism IV. So how about a one-sentence recap: Chris Paul showed up, and the Warriors didn’t.

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Pre-Game Jitters: Hornets

Chris Paul and the Hornets at the Oracle tonight.  They’ve gone 10-4 so far in January to get their record up to 24-20, and I have no idea how they’ve done it. This is not a great basketball team.  I wrote after the last time the Warriors played them that the Warriors had surpassed them in talent, and I stand by that assessment. Chris Paul is carrying them.

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Pre-Game Jitters: Nets

The Warriors are -7.5 point favorites, dressing only 4 1/2 NBA players.  Huh? This can mean only two things. One, those 4 1/2 players are pretty good. And two, its the New Jersey Nets.   Continue reading

Respect: Nuggets 123 Warriors 118

Did you enjoy watching this game?  Does the effort that this skeleton Warriors team gave against the second best team in the West mean something to you as a fan?  It does to me. Every player on this Warriors team has earned my respect this season.       Continue reading

Pre-Game Jitters: Nuggets

Tonight the Warriors return to the team of the crime, if not the scene. Of course, this is not exactly the same team that the Warriors “defeated” in Denver.  Back from injury are Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups.  The Nuggets have been playing well since their return:  they’ve won three straight and five of six at home.

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Pre-Game Jitters: Bucks

Brandon Jennings v. The Warriors, part deux.  The last time the Bucks and the Warriors met, the Bucks rookie point guard went for 55 points, and became the toast of the rookie class.  Remember that?  Since that day, Jennings has fallen back to earth, shooting only 36%.  Wasn’t that the rap on him before the draft?

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New Wave: Heat 115 Warriors 102

I’m depressed. It hit me hard when I saw the shots of the Warriors bench in the third quarter last night, that featured more empty seats than players in uniform. It looked like a shot of the crowd at a Nets game.

And that was before I got to watch Devean George at center.

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Zero Quit: Cavs 117 Warriors 114

Was this a basketball game or a football game? Pound, Dribble… Pound, Dribble… Pound, Dribble.  The Cavs attacked the Warriors interior relentlessly with their gargantuan front line of Shaquille O’Neill, Zydrunas Ilgauskas and Anderson Varejao. Pound, Dribble… Pound, Dribble… Pound dribble. The Warriors made goal line stand after goal line stand.  One by one, their big men were carried off the field of play.  Rony Turiaf with an ankle sprain, Andris Biedrins with 5 fouls and a sprain to his pride.

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