Golden State Warriors, best in the West. Atlanta Hawks, best in the East.
This should be a crazy fun game. Not just the two best teams in the league playing, but two teams that are very similar in structure and principles. Two coaches from the Popovich tree, stressing ball-movement and pace. Two teams built on Nellieball principles, with tough as nails stretch-fours and long three-point shooting wings. Two teams that play with high character and utter unselfishness. Continue reading
I thought before last season started that the Warriors were already a better team than the Clippers. All of the reasons I gave then still apply, but particularly the fact that the Clippers are terribly weak defensively on the wings. JJ Redick and Jamal Crawford — among the league’s worst. Matt Barnes appears to have fallen off the face of the earth. If the Clips don’t fix this situation, they’re in for a disappointing season. Continue reading
There’s been quite a bit of talk this off-season, largely initiated by new head coach Steve Kerr, that the Warriors are going to try to emulate the Spurs motion offense in the coming season. Sounds perfect for the Warriors, doesn’t it? Like the Spurs, the Warriors roster is loaded with high-IQ, high-character, and unselfish players with great passing ability. Spurs offense, here we come! Right?
Sorry, it ain’t gonna happen. Continue reading
To echo a refrain of my last post, the biggest difference between the Utah Jazz and the newly Bogutted Golden State Warriors, is that the Jazz know who they are as a basketball team.
Or as Mark Jackson put it post-game: “We’ve got to find ourselves.”
Yup. Continue reading
I think I saw some new themes emerging as the Warriors faced their first stiff competition since the return of the prodigal big man. But it’s probably unfair to get into them too much at this time. Road blowouts happen in the NBA, particularly in February, and particularly heading into the all-star break. Let’s leave this on simmer for now, and wait for a few more ingredients to throw themselves into the pot.
I’ll restrict myself to a few observations. Continue reading