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Warriors v. Clippers Playoffs Preview: Raise the Variance

Although I have been a vociferous proponent of a more Nellieball approach for this Warriors team, I don’t for a second believe that the Warriors are actually better off without Andrew Bogut. Just want to state that up front for the benefit of those who are determined to misunderstand me.    Continue reading

Warriors 105 Clippers 103: Peace on Earth, Goodwill Towards Men

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

Clippers 126 Warriors 115: War

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.

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Two the Right Way: Warriors 111 Mavericks 87 + Warriors 97 Clippers 93

Did the Warriors win these last two games because they suddenly decided to play with energy?  Because they suddenly felt like competing?

Or was it because of something else?       Continue reading

Your Nightmare Has Come True: Warriors 104 Clippers 97

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

Pre-Game Jitters: How to Beat the Clippers

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:

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Buzz-Saw: Hornets 112 Warriors 103

Once again the Warriors were dismembered by a veteran team currently playing great basketball.  No need to freak when they lose to a team like the Hornets, who are currently on a 10-0 run.

But there were a couple things to be disturbed about.  Beginning with Biedrins, of course.  This loss began with him.  It is clear that he will never again be the player he was, whether it’s because of chronic injury problems, as I suspect, or something mental. Whichever it is, the Warriors again found themselves playing 4 on 5 for most of the game.             Continue reading