“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.
Posted in Don Nelson, Golden State Warriors, Recaps
Tagged Anthony Morrow, Anthony Tolliver, CJ Watson, corey maggette, Don Nelson, Golden State Warriors, Reggie Williams, Rony Turiaf, Stephen Curry
- Do the Warriors win this game without Devean George? The Warriors had no choice but to sign Reggie Williams, and no choice but to release Raja Bell. George is their third biggest player, and essential to the Warriors survival for the rest of the season. Letting him go would have sent a disastrous message to the locker-room and tanked the team’s morale. You just don’t do that. Continue reading
- 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
My Pre-Game Jitters have been posted on Golden State of Mind. I will be doing the recap there as well.
Don Nelson: Can we just take a moment to admire what Don Nelson did in his management of Hunter and Tolliver’s minutes? Rather than match up conventionally, Nellie used Tolliver at center to start the game, pulling Okafor out of the lane. If you want a reason why Tolliver scored 30 points, its because Nellie made him a focus of the offense going at Okafor, not David West.
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Tagged Anthony Morrow, anthony randolph, Anthony Tolliver, Chris Hunter, Devean George, Don Nelson, Golden State Warriors, Monta Ellis, Reggie Williams
Stephen Curry: Is going to become the best pick and roll guard in the NBA since Nash and Paul. His work last night with Chris Hunter was incredible. If Curry can find the seams against the best defense in the league, working with a D-leaguer, what can’t he do?
Tim Kawakami has just published a piece in the Merc calling for the firing of Don Nelson. I disagree essentially with every line of what he has written, and in particular with his conclusion. I think it would be a huge mistake for the Warriors to fire Nellie. Here is my rebuttal.
“Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in.” — Silvio Dante, quoting Michael Corleone.
At 6:05 of the fourth quarter, Stephen Curry received the ball under his own basket, looked up court and threw a 70 foot chest pass that hit a double-covered CJ Watson in the hands for a layup. This sensational play capped a 16-0 Warriors run that tied the game at 95, and sent the Oracle into delirium. And thanks to the good folks at Golden State of Mind, the Thaiblonde and I were right in the midst of the madness. We were eight rows back behind the backboard jumping up in joyous disbelief as Watson caught the ball over his shoulder and layed in the reverse.
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
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
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Tagged Andris Biedrins, Anthony Morrow, anthony randolph, CJ Watson, corey maggette, Don Nelson, Golden State Warriors, Monta Ellis, Rony Turiaf, Stephen Curry