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The Verge of Valhalla: Warriors 113 Raptors 112

“We shall fight on the beaches, We shall fight on the landing grounds, We shall fight in the fields and in the streets, We shall fight in the hills; We shall never surrender…” — Winston Churchill

It was appropriate that Nellie got his 1,332nd NBA coaching win — tying him with Lenny Wilkens for the most wins in league history — in this game. A game that featured a short-handed team of scrappy underdogs, playing for nothing but him, on the road against a superstar-led playoff team, fighting for its very life.  A game which required Nellie to play his patented small-ball right from the very tip.  A game which required every ounce of his creativity and savvy right down to the final seconds.

In short, a game that no NBA coach in history was likely to have won, save Don Nelson.

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Thought Bubbles: Suns 133 Warriors 131

  • I was near courtside for this game, courtesy of GSoM.  Thanks guys!
  • The Warriors didn’t play bad, exactly, it just felt like they never got going.  They missed every important shot, and made the ones that didn’t count.
  • The D-leaguers outplayed the vets.  Monta Ellis, Stephen Curry and Corey Maggette didn’t quite have it in this game.  It looked like their feet were stuck in mud.  And I’m guessing that’s what it felt like to them, as well.         Continue reading

Things to Chew On: Warriors 132 Clippers 102

1) Let’s get the obvious out of the way first: the Clippers showed up to this game already on vacation.  In other words, they didn’t show up.

2) I was a huge fan of Baron Davis when he was with the Warriors.

3) I am SO happy now that the Warriors did not re-sign him.  His game was heavily dependent on athleticism, and his athleticism is gone. His legs are shot. He is a shadow of himself.

4) How good is Stephen Curry?  I will avoid maudlin gushing and simply repeat what I have been saying since the start of the season: Better than Steve Nash was in his third NBA season.           Continue reading

Pre-Game Jitters: Mavs

In their last game, horrible as it was, the Warriors showed a few positive developments.  Morrow came off the injured list.  Curry came off the respirator. Tolliver got an NBA contract and responded by looking like an NBA power forward.  Biedrins had his best game of the season.

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Lone Star: Mavericks 110 Warriors 101

The Warriors lost their seventh game in a row last night, and are currently the third worst team in the league, by record.  It is easy to get down as a Warriors fan watching this season play out, particularly when the Warriors don’t give much of an effort, as we saw in the Houston game.  In this game, however, with the return from injury of Corey Maggette, and the return to dominance of Monta Ellis, we saw the return of the heart and effort that has characterized the Warriors’ play in this most tragic and difficult of seasons.  As a fan, I can derive enjoyment from that, even if the result is a loss.         Continue reading

Pre-Game Jitters: Mavs

Vlad Rad is the latest Warrior casualty.  Nellie stated post-game last night that he is shutting Vlad down indefinitely until his achilles tendon heals.  So fingers out, everybody.  It’s Dallas, scene of the 6-man massacre, so let’s count what we have left.             Continue reading

Pre-Game Jitters: Rockets

The Warriors are in Houston tonight.  The Rockets have struggled badly after a hot start to the season.  They are 4-6 in January, and have lost 4 out of 5 games on their current home stand.  Their problem has been putting the ball in the hole.  With Trevor Ariza and Shane Battier at the two and three,  the Rockets are perhaps the only team in the league that doesn’t have a natural scorer at either of the wing positions.  Their effort to make Ariza into a  go-to guy has been a failure:  He is shooting a miserable 38% from the floor, taking 15 shots a game, and 30% from three, taking 6 a game.         Continue reading

No Lightning: Thunder 112 Warriors 104

This game highlighted a lot of the things that the Warriors are currently lacking. The Warriors lack, quite obviously, a long wing defender who could have been used to guard Kevin Durant.  No Stephen Jackson, no Kelenna Azubuike, not even a Cartier Martin.  Durant went for an effortless 45 and 11. The Warriors lack, at least at the moment, a starting center who can rebound and defend the paint.  The Thunder out-rebounded the Warriors by 14, and Russell Westbrook went to the line for 17 free throws, making 14 on the way to a 28 point 8 assist performance.  The Warriors lack a power forward who is capable of matching up against the Jeff Greens of the league.  Like, perhaps, Anthony Randolph.  The Warriors were forced to give Anthony Tolliver help on Green, which exacerbated their problems on the boards.

And the Warriors lack Monta Ellis, superstar.  Monta is back, but he has not been the star of any of the three games he has played since his return.

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Pre-Game Jitters: Thunder

The Warriors are gettting +8.5 against the Thunder, and I have no interest. That’s what we’ve come to.  That’s how far the Warriors’ effort has slipped since Monta injured his ankle.  And now that Monta has been passed over as an all-star, and dreams of individual glory are no longer available to fuel his effort, it’s possible that there is another reason for his lackluster play since returning.  Like depression.     Continue reading

No Show: Hornets 123 Warriors 110

It’s been a long hard season, and Feltbot is worn down and needs an optimism IV. So how about a one-sentence recap: Chris Paul showed up, and the Warriors didn’t.

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