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Hello Monta My Old Friend: Warriors 126 Pacers 107

Monta Ellis is a star.  Watching him earlier this season, I had my doubts.  Those doubts are gone.  Monta Ellis is back. All the way back.  This is the player I watched two years ago, thinking that he could be better than Allen Iverson. This is the player that two years ago Kobe Bryant said was his favorite player in the league to watch. Watching him play right now, I don’t know whether to gasp with excitement, or exhale with relief.  He’s back.

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Pre-Game Jitters

Hey, the Warriors are actually favorites tonight!  How long has it been since that happened?  The Pacers will enter the Oracle having lost 4 of their last 5 games. This is not the same team that won three straight by beating the Warriors back in Indiana.  Why not?  For a very simple reason:  Troy Murphy is back.

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Six is Enough: Warriors 111 Mavericks 103

That gasp I heard as the Warriors seized control in the fourth quarter, was that the Mavs fans?  Was it Mavs owner/GM Mark Cuban once again suffering a melted brain?  Or was it the sound of The Warriors Bet coming off life-support?

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Pre-Game Jitters

A lot of interesting story lines to this game, not least of which is whether Coach Keith Smart, filling in during Nellie’s sick leave, will stick to the Nellie philosophy regarding matchups.  Dallas throws a lot of wrinkles themselves into their lineups, so this game may see some interesting chess moves.

Starting at center.  Not sure what’s up with Dampier, but the Mavs went with Gooden in the post last game.  Do the Warriors need to matchup big with him, or could they go small right off the bat?

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Hope Blazes: Warriors 108 Blazers 94

Aaaaaaaarghh.  That is the sanitized version of the noise I made when I returned home from my no-limit poker game only to find that I had recorded the wrong channel.  Instead of enjoying a glorious Warrior win with a snifter of Lagavulin, I suffered a melted brain.  Someone must pay, and that someone is DirectTV.  I’m switching to Comcast tomorrow.

So what follows comes to you courtesy of the box score, Tim Kawakami (dare I admit that?), and a few kind friends.  I won’t blame you if you decide to skip this recap, but I do want to throw in my two cents on this game, handicapped as I am by not having seen it.

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Pre-Game Jitters

The Warriors are stunning +8 home dogs to Portland tonight.  The line no doubt reflects the loss of Biedrins, Turiaf and Azubuike, and the fact that the Warriors will be playing only seven players. But I think it also reflects something more. This is a team Don Nelson and the Warriors have traditionally given a lot of trouble to, short handed or no.  I think this line reflects the absence of Stephen Jackson.  Jackson has done a  terrific job guarding Portland superstar Brandon Roy over the years, and with him gone, and no Azubuike or Bell, the Warriors simply have no one to guard him.

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Test Drive: Celtics 109 Warriors 95

The story of the last two games, as far as I am concerned, is this:  Don Nelson has given the keys of the franchise to Stephen Curry.

In the two games since Stephen Jackson was traded, Curry has started.  And he, not Monta Ellis, has been running the team.  Curry is the point guard.  Monta Ellis is the shooting guard.  Don Nelson has made his decision.

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Pre-Game Jitters: Cavs

The Warriors are +14.5 in this game.  I think that’s probably low.  The Warriors will be dressing 8 players, but Raja Bell will not be playing except in case of emergency. He has decided to have the wrist surgery he has been postponing and will likely be lost to the Warriors for the year. CJ Watson is out with the flu.

With Stephen Jackson gone, the skeleton-crew Warriors are at Lebron’s mercy.  I think we’ll see a lot of zone in this game. What we’ll also probably see a lot of is Rad Vlad jacking up threes.  On demand.  No waiting.  Enjoy!

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You’re Dismissed, Private Jackson

Stephen Jackson and Acie Law to the Bobcats for Raja Bell and Vladimir Radmanovich.  Say goodbye to We Believe. Say hello to Don’t Snowboard, Please.

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Branded: Bucks 129 Warriors 125

If it weren’t for Kelenna Azubuike’s devastating knee injury, this would have been a great game to watch.  The Warriors gave an all-around superb performance in the second game of a road back-to-back, a performance to be proud of. Unfortunately, their team performance was overshadowed by the incandescent individual performance of sensational Bucks rookie Brandon Jennings, who laid 55 points on the Warriors.  29 of those points came in the third quarter, when Jennings made his first 11 shots, many from 3 point range. For the game, he shot 21-34, including 7-8 from three, with 5 rebounds and 5 assists.  A rookie performance for the ages.

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