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
I don’t have time for a recap, but this Warriors — Clippers Christmas matchup was too great not to comment on. Apologies for those who follow me on Twitter, this is more of a recap of my timeline than the game itself. Continue reading
Before this game even started, the Clippers put a halt to the joint chapel session that last year the Warriors and Clippers players attended together. Separate chapel sessions were scheduled instead. If that’s not a declaration of open hostilities, I don’t know what is.
The bad feelings carried over into the game, quite obviously. DeAndre Jordan took exception to a Bogut hard foul. Blake Griffin intentionally stood on Mark Jackson’s foot while taking the ball out (ever seen that before?). Matt Barnes got into it with the Warriors bench while shooting free throws. And newcomer Jared Dudley leveled Curry on a three point shot.
There was bad blood between these two teams already, that began with the Warriors dominating the matchup, and celebrating that domination, last season. But now that hard-nosed Lakers-banner-covering chapel-hating Doc Rivers has taken the reins of the Clippers, and both teams are expected to contend for the Western Conference crown, the hostility between the two teams has exploded.
This is WAR. Continue reading
There are plenty of reasons to discount this Warriors win over the Clippers. I sensed this would be a blowout before it happened, and missed an opportunity to make myself look good by predicting it in the last thread. I have noticed before that when teams come off a long winning streak, they often suffer a sustained letdown. This was also a road back-to-back. The Clippers were without Caron Butler, which threw off their normal rotation and further sapped their energy. And they are certainly looking ahead to the Lakers on Friday. Continue reading
It’s like a nightmare, isn’t it? It just keeps getting worse and worse. — Grady Seasons
This will be remembered as the night that Ekpe “The Nightmare” Udoh put it all together, against the most hyped frontcourt in basketball. Most startling of all — for those already familiar with his defensive prowess — was the confident offensive game he displayed.
It’s an amazing concept, isn’t it, five on five basketball on the offensive end? Kind of hard to guard, isn’t it? Continue reading
Don’t you know
You better run, run, run, run, run,
run, run, run, run, run, run, run
Oh I said, you better
Run, run, run, run, run, run, run,
run, run, run, run, run. — Tracy Chapman
This comes straight from the playbook of Don Nelson, who back in the day when we believed, stole a game from the formidable Chris Paul – David West – Tyson Chandler Hornets, in New Orleans, like this:
The Warriors are -5.5 favorites at home against the Clippers tonight. I suppose this makes sense, given how Curry made Baron Davis look the last time they met in the Oracle. But looking at Warriors lines like this takes some getting used to!