The floor is spread, the offense flows.
The extra wing, the defense swarms.
The floor is spread, the offense flows.
The extra wing, the defense swarms.
We got a look at the Shadow Warriors in this victory over the Bulls. By which I mean the seldom-seen lineup combinations within this Warriors roster, the true full squad within the #fullsquad, that GM Joe Lacob, Spokesmodel Bob Myers, and interim coach Mark Jackson would strongly prefer to keep hidden from view.
I’m referring of course to the one big + four smalls, and even five smalls units that worked to perfection last night in blowing out a bigger, rougher and tougher Chicago Bulls team. I’m referring to the gloriously talented Nellieball units contained within this extraordinarily versatile Warriors roster, that have the power to transform this Warriors team from pretender to contender. Continue reading
FOR SALE: Vintage World War II French Army rifle. Never been fired. Dropped once.
The Warriors essentially held serve on this road back-to-back, beating the team they were supposed to. And now, finally, the schedule starts turning radically in their favor. Well, after Indiana on Monday. But after that, they don’t play again until Friday, giving them some much needed practice time to get Jordan Crawford integrated into the team. Continue reading
The Warriors gave up 114 points to the Heat on this night.
And won by 9.
In Miami. Becoming the only Western Conference team to beat the World Champions in their home crib since… the Warriors did it last year, playing exactly the same way.
Playing The Right Way, for this most gloriously gifted offensive team in the NBA.
I’m not going to recap this game, because as everyone who reads this blog knows, I have been recapping it for four long years. In my mind, and on the pages of this blog, trying my best to explain to others the players that Stephen Curry and David Lee could become, together, if surrounded with the right pieces, the right coach, and if played in the right system.
Championship Caliber Players.
Tonight, after three long years, you finally saw it not in my words, but in action on the court. I’ll leave it to my faithful readers to fill in the details.
After I get one more thing off my chest:
Joe Lacob, the time for cheapness and running the Warriors like a business is over. This Warriors team stands on the cusp of greatness. The Championship of the NBA is up for grabs this season, and this Warriors team has it in their sights. It is beyond time for you to open the purse strings and get them the help they need. For long-suffering Warriors’ fans sake, for the sake of one of the most gloriously talented cores in NBA history, for the sake of basketball history itself,
GET STEPHEN CURRY A BACKUP.
Revenge played a big part in this turnaround Warriors effort against the Suns. Home cooking certainly played a role.
And Mark Jackson deserves a lot of credit. He committed to running Channing Frye off the three point line. He had the Warriors offense spacing the floor much better, and executing far more crisply. And running the ball back at the Suns. Great tempo in this game.
But I think the biggest difference between this game and the game in Phoenix was the ability to put Andre Iguodala on Eric Bledsoe. Iggy is still nothing like himself, one glance at the box score will tell you that. But Bledsoe was nothing like himself either with Iggy guarding him, and that’s all she wrote.
Games like this get me thinking like I was thinking to start the season.
Thinking that the Warriors have the best starting five in the NBA. Continue reading
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
I’ve figured out how to recap Warriors games going forward: Ignore the coaching, and focus on the players. There’s just so much teeth gnashing I’m willing to do, and, I assume, you’re willing to read. It is completely clear by now that Jackson is committed to playing big all game every game. Even if it means denying his core of supernaturally talented offensive players the system they were born to play in. Even if it means feeding the best-shooting team in the league 16 point first quarters and 22 point third quarters, regardless of opponent, from now until eternity. Even if it means reaching for an NBA reject big man in his first game up from the D-League, without an ounce of experience in his system, to match up with a 6-7″ center on defense, and plug up the middle on offense, in crunchtime.
Mark Jackson is committed, as Adam Lauridsen would ecstatically put it, to playing “the right way.” It’s pointless to argue differently. It’s time for me, as the adage has it, to “lay back and think of England.”
And Thank Jesus for Stephen Curry.
Oops, reading over that, I see a little recap of the coaching leaked out.
On to the players: Continue reading
Mark Jackson joked in the post-game that his role in this nearly historic Warriors comeback victory against the Raptors was nothing more than “spiritual advisor.” And the players and media pundits I heard credited the victory to the Warriors simply coming out in the second half with more fire in their belly, and playing hard.
I think we all know that’s not true. Mark Jackson’s decision-making was central to the outcome of this game. Jackson was instrumental in digging the Warriors a 27 point deficit, and he was equally instrumental in allowing his best players to dig their way out. Continue reading
There’s nothing like a Jermaine O’Neal injury to make Mark Jackson a better coach, is there? The Warriors played big virtually every minute of the first two games. But in this game against the Kings, Jackson was forced to give major minutes to Speights and Lee at center, and to Draymond Green at power forward in the second and fourth quarters.
Accidentally causing the Warriors to explode. Oops!
I have nothing against the Warriors playing big, particularly in the first and third quarters. Those are the quarters to meet size with size, force with force. And to save the bodies of your most gifted players for crunch time, and the playoffs.
And — in principle — I have nothing against the Warriors playing big with their second units, and in crunch time, either. Just so long as by doing so they are putting their BEST team on the floor.
As this game indicated, those big teams need to be pretty darn good if Jackson prefers them. Because the Warriors smallball units of Lee or Speights at center, Green or Barnes at stretch-four, Iggy at free safety, the Splash Brothers, and a sprinkling of Toney Douglas on top, are going to be absolutely extraordinary.
As good a smallball squad as exists in the league. Continue reading
How the Spurs can Win: Greg Popovich has a big problem. The first two games have made clear that the Warriors are by far the more offensively talented team. Curry, Thompson and Jack are far more talented than Danny Green and the aging and injured Parker and Ginobili. Draymond Green is far more talented than Bonner. And so far at least, there hasn’t been a significant difference in the play of Barnes and Leonard.
Tim Duncan is still one of the great offensive big men in the game, but Bogut and Ezeli’s ability to guard him one-on-one takes away a lot of his value to his team. Now he’s just a semi-efficient scorer of two point buckets, and not the team facilitator of layups and open threes that he can be when double-teamed.
What can Popovich do about this? What is the correct strategy for a team that is facing a major deficit in offensive talent? Continue reading