David Lee disappeared quietly from the Warriors’ roster this summer. A back-page item, unworthy of a single quote. An after-thought to the Warriors’ championship.
He was never treated with much respect as a Warrior by media or bloggers. Was in fact the subject of frequent ridicule — just as frequently wrong, as I’ve noted too many times to count — for his defensive shortcomings, while all of his many abilities and accomplishments as a player and a teammate were dismissed and denigrated. At the end of last season, some of the kid bloggers out there even started a joke internet meme at his expense, calling him “your dad’s favorite player.”
Hmmm. As someone of a certain age who has a modest notoriety as a David Lee admirer, you might guess that I’d have something to say about this. And I damn well do.
It will take some time to put all my thoughts on the Warriors’ World Championship together, but for now, here are my impressions of Game 6: Continue reading
Posted in 2015 NBA Finals, Recaps, Steve Kerr
Tagged Andre Iguodala, Cleveland Cavaliers, David Blatt, Draymond Green, Festus Ezlie, Lebron James, Shaun Livingston, Stephen Curry, Steve Kerr
This game followed the Game 4 script enough that I’m not going to give a full recap. Here are my bullet points: Continue reading
Posted in 2015 NBA Finals, Golden State Warriors
Tagged Cleveland Cavaliers, David Blatt, Draymond Green, Iguodala, JR Smith, Klay Thompson, Lebron, Mozgov, Shumpert, Stephen Curry, Steve Kerr
Steve Kerr just made one of the most inspired, and most courageous, calls I have ever seen in an NBA Finals. Down 2-1 in the series, on the road for Game 4, he benched his $12 million center, inserted a small forward in his place, and went 6-6, 6-7, and 6-6 across the front line.
The full Don Nelson.
Posted in 2015 NBA Finals, Golden State Warriors, Recaps, Steve Kerr
Tagged Andre Iguodala, Andrew Bogut, Cleveland Cavaliers, David Blatt, Draymond Green, Harrison Barnes, Klay Thompson, Lebron, Matthew Dellavodova, Mozgov, Stephen Curry
You saw it, right? The way that David Lee at center, playing all-out pick and roll with Stephen Curry for literally the first time all season, simply demolished the Curry blitz? Continue reading
Posted in 2015 NBA Finals, Predictions, Previews, Steve Kerr
Tagged Cleveland Cavaliers, David Lee, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson, Lebron James, Matthew Dellavodova, Stephen Curry, Steve Kerr
I’ve seen a lot of pundits predict that this would be an easy series for the Warriors. And of course, after the Kyrie injury, all the pundits doubled down. And even after the evidence of last night, and two straight games on the Warriors’ home floor in which the Cavs appeared to control the action from the opening tip right up to the 2:00 mark in the 4th quarter, the pundits were all repeating that the Warriors had nothing to worry about, they just had a bad game.
Really? Continue reading
Posted in 2015 NBA Finals, Golden State Warriors, NBA Playoffs
Tagged Andrew Bogut, Cleveland Cavaliers, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson, Lebron James, Matthew Dellavodova, Mozgov, Stephen Curry, Steve Kerr
Steve Kerr said after the game that not only he, but the entire Warriors bench thought that Iman Shumpert’s shot at the end of regulation was going in. It was right on line, and maybe an inch short. One wonders whether Shumpert might have made that shot if he had trimmed maybe an inch off of his signature high-top fade before the game. And that, sports fans, is the most ridiculous lede that will be written about tonight’s game. Continue reading
I’ll confess off the top that this Warriors-Cavaliers series would be extraordinarily difficult for me to forecast even in normal circumstances, but the injury situations of Klay Thompson and Kyrie Irving have made it virtually impossible. Continue reading
Whew. It was great just to see Steph get to his feet, let alone return to the game, after that Jerry McGuire moment. Although I’m not a fan of the decision to let him return. Doctors are not infallible, the game was totally meaningless and the deficit already big. I would have liked to see Warriors management step up like adults in this situation. It reminded me a bit of Mike Shanahan destroying RGIII’s career, although the injuries of course are not at all similar.
It seems kinda pointless to analyze a game like this, a give-away game in which the give-away was interrupted by a frightening injury to the MVP, but Houston made quite a few interesting adjustments in this game that I’d like to mention: Continue reading
Ron Adams just ended the Rockets with a killer mid-series defensive adjustment. Just as he did to the Grizzlies. Continue reading