Hey, the Warriors are a 3 point favorite tonight! Say what? Well, the Warriors are facing the Washington Wizards, a team ridden with dissension, beset by trade rumors, and the proud owners of a nearly identical record to the Warriors. And they’re on a 6-game losing streak.
Another day, another Warrior bites the dust. Before the game, the Warriors got the news that Mikki Moore will need surgery for the bone spurs in his ankle that have been plaguing him this season. Moore struggled as best he could on this injury for several weeks, unwilling to leave the team while it was so desperate for big men. But apparently it got too bad to continue. As a fan, I am greatly appreciative of what Moore did for the team this season. He gave everything he had, playing through pain.
After that last road trip, my jitters are getting bad. And now my computer is shrieking non-stop that the Warriors are in trade talks! Horrors! Is it too early to hit the Lagavulin?
What I need is a home game against a nice soft team like… the Spurs? The same Spurs that took a shellacking against the Suns last night, and are going to come into the Oracle mad as hornets and with their ears red from a Pop tongue-lashing? Instead of a nice restorative Scotch, I’m being served a double oy latte. The Spurs are a +5 road favorite against the Warriors tonight. Oy. Oy.
Let’s see, the Sixers are losers of 12 straight. And the Warriors have beaten them straight up 6 out of the last 7 times they’ve played, including twice in Philly. But the oddsmakers have made the Warriors +5 road dogs in this game. What’s up with that?
To me it means a couple of things. First of all, the Sixers are a desperate team, a team that will clearly take aim at the under-manned Warriors as a likely way to break their losing streak. The Sixers are going to come with everything they have in this game. Secondly, they are a team that is playing better, and with more pride, since the Allen Iverson farewell tour joined them. Their previous two games have gone right down to the wire. In their last game, they played the Houston Rockets close, outrebounding them by 12, before losing in the final seconds. This will be a very tough game for the Warriors.
The wind chill in Chicago tonight was 12 degrees. It appeared that the Warriors felt it: they shot 38% in this game. I’m guessing in the second half it was a lot closer to 25%. Its pretty tough to win on the road when you are that cold. And yet, the Warriors looked like the better team for most of this game, and despite all their struggles, had a tie score and the ball with 24 seconds left. They ran an isolation for Monta Ellis at the top of the key, he drove the lane, ignored Anthony Morrow standing wide open in the corner, and flung up a contested airball. The Warrior’s frigid shooting continued in overtime, and that was the ballgame. Continue reading
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The 7-14 Warriors are +4.5 road dogs at the 7-13 Bulls tonight. As their record indicates, the Bulls are not playing like the playoff team of last year. They have been missing Tyrus Thomas and Kirk Hinrich due to injury. Hinrich returned in the last game, but is still being bothered by a sprained thumb. In my mind, Hinrich is the key reason for the Bulls struggles. I remember the Bulls also struggling last year when he missed time. For all of his talent, Derrick Rose has not yet proven to be an effective point guard and leader for his team. The sum of this Bulls team has not been greater than its parts.
Keith Smart began this game by putting the ball firmly in Stephen Curry’s hands. Curry ran the point, Curry ran the plays, and Curry took most of the shots in the opening minutes. Monta played off the ball. This was a great call by the coaching staff, one that set the tone for a new Warriors philosophy of ball movement. I could tell right from the start that this game would be about sharing the basketball. Continue reading
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Tagged anthony randolph, CJ Watson, corey maggette, Don Nelson, Golden State Warriors, Keith Smart, Mikki Moore, Monta Ellis, Stephen Curry, Vladimir Radmanovich
The Warriors are +1.5 dogs at the 2-19 New Jersey Nets. Now that’s embarrassing! The Warriors are now riding a 4 game losing streak of their own, and have lost 6 out of their last 7. I expect them to be a little bit hot about that, and bring everything they’ve got tonight. And by everything, I mean all 7 men. That’s right, Anthony Morrow is back, and so far as we know, no one injured themselves getting off the bus.
(Update: Mike Massa at the Examiner is reporting that Anthony Randolph may miss this game due to a family situation. There you go, Warriors fans. Adjust your handicapping accordingly.)
Once again, fate intervened to prevent the Warriors from having more than a 6 man rotation. This time, it wasn’t injury, or swine flu. It was the weather in North Carolina that caused Anthony Morrow’s flight to be delayed too long to make this game. Crazy.
I suppose the Warriors have every reason to mail in a few games after going for so long with so few players. They must be on the verge of exhaustion. Still, I’m feeling a little curmudgeonly after this loss. In stark contrast to the last game, I saw a lot of things that I didn’t like in this Warriors’ performance, so I’m going to give in to my dark side, and get a few things off my chest. Continue reading
I’m coming off a one game winning streak. I finally nailed a matchup prediction in the Orlando game. Got the starting lineup right, got the matchups right. Got Orlando’s matchups right: Pietrus on Monta. And then there was my prediction on how long Mikki Moore would survive against Dwight Howard. I put the over/under at 8 minutes. He picked up his third foul and hit the pine in 7:55. Is it time to start betting feltbot ATS?