Welcome back Don Nelson! The Warriors’ capo is returning to the bench tonight after his bout with pneumonia.
The Warriors are +2 home dogs against Houston tonight. The Warriors lost by 1 to Houston at home in a heartbreaker on opening night, but they will not be taking the floor with the same team tonight. How about no Biedrins, no Randolph, no Jackson, no Azubuike, and possibly no Turiaf? In their place, Vlad Rad and Chris Hunter. And maybe Devean George. In the Warriors favor, the Rockets are playing the back end of a back-to-back (they demolished the Gordon-less Clippers last night in LA).
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.
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!
Big City? Important audition? Or did Don Nelson catch Private Stephen Jackson’s attention with his benching in Indiana? For whatever reason, Jack was back playing full bore last night. Certainly Nellie communicated strongly that he won’t leave Jack on the floor when he’s hurting the team. And if Jack wants a trade sooner rather than later, he knows he’ll need to play hard.
“In small proportions we just beauties see….” — Ben Jonson
I listened to this game on the radio. Thank God we’re done with basketball that isn’t televised. Let’s get this party started!
Common sense tells us there is nothing to take away from this last preseason game. New Orleans clearly wasn’t in the mood to have fun: they left Chris Paul, David West, Emeka Okafor and Julian Wright on the bench. The Warriors went without four of their starters as well, but for more lugubrious reasons. Biedrins was being rested, but Randolph, Azubuike and Jackson were out with injuries.
I have never been overly afflicted with common sense, though. Continue reading
Who makes the pre-season schedule anyway? Whoever it is has no sensitivity to the feelings of the Warriors and their fans. Its hard to go into the regular season feeling good about your team’s chances when every other preseason game they’ve played has been against the World Champion Lakers. Continue reading
I missed the game, not being able to find the usual internet links. Anyone see it?
Again flying blind, but I do have some thoughts looking at the box score:
The number one story, obviously, is Stephen Jackson. Nellie played him all 48, which is interesting. First of all, of course, because he managed to keep from getting tossed out of the game and suspended. Secondly, because Nellie didn’t give him a blow. I’m guessing this was for conditioning, Jackson having missed a day or two. We’ll find out, as I’m sure the latrine-stirrers will be all over this like flies. Continue reading
I missed the game. When your girlfriend is taking you out to a fine restaurant on your birthday, it’s pretty tough to say, “But honey, it’s a pre-season game against the Clippers!”
A couple of things stand out from the box score: Continue reading
The Warriors’ sixth man could be getting set for a big year. After a year in Nellie’s system, and hopefully injury free, I expect Maggette to start this year as fast as he started last year slow. Continue reading
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