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Game 1 — Warriors 109 Clippers 105: Lee Owns Griffin

I just woke up from a really cool dream. The Warriors were playing the Clippers, and they were running pick and roll the whole game. And the Clippers were blitzing Curry every time, and Curry did a great job drawing the blitz out and then hitting his big man wide open in the key, but weirdly, his big man wasn’t Bogut, it was David Lee, and Lee didn’t just stand there after he caught it, looking around for someone else to pass to, or waiting to hand it back off to Curry, no, Lee rumbled straight to the basket, and either finished the play himself, or passed it to a wide-open teammate for a dunk, and the Clippers were falling all over themselves trying to guard this unguardable pick and roll, this gorgeous sublimation of the art of basketball, and the Clippers were fouling out, and pointing fingers, and Doc Rivers was furiously calling timeouts, and…

Hey, wait… What?     Continue reading

Warriors v. Clippers Playoffs Preview: Raise the Variance

Although I have been a vociferous proponent of a more Nellieball approach for this Warriors team, I don’t for a second believe that the Warriors are actually better off without Andrew Bogut. Just want to state that up front for the benefit of those who are determined to misunderstand me.    Continue reading

Warriors 113 Blazers 112: Nellieball in the Nick of Time

It will go completely unreported by the mainstream press, but it was Mark Jackson’s opening defensive game plan that nearly sunk the Warriors against the Blazers in this game.         Continue reading

Warriors 98 Pacers 96: Thompson Arrives

I snarked pre-game on Twitter that the Warriors were finally playing a team that Mark Jackson knew how to match up against. I was referring of course, to Jackson’s penchant for playing big in crunchtime. And for using Andrew Bogut to close games. Even in the most obviously wrong situations, as against Toronto’s closing smallball frontline of Amir Johnson and Patrick Patterson. Jackson literally gave that game away.     Continue reading

Warriors 126 Knicks 103: Let’s Go!

First off, I’d like to thank all the true connoisseurs of haiku who graciously bit their tongues after reading my last post. I have no pretensions to being a poet, nor of knowing how to write haiku. I simply had the idea to write a single, hopefully entertaining sentence about each Warriors player, rather than my usual verbose and repetitive paragraphs. (No one out there is as sick of my voice at this time as I am.) That led me, for better or worse, to haiku.

As for this game against the Knicks, it might seem like a run of the mill blowout of an absolutely wretched team, but I found in it several things that caught my interest. And so, hopefully with my little exercise in brevity carrying over a bit into my prose, here we go:         Continue reading

Warriors 93 Nets 86: Nellieball Haiku

The floor is spread, the offense flows.

The extra wing, the defense swarms.

Nellieball.

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Warriors 102 Bulls 87: The Shadow Warriors

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

The French: Warriors 97 Pelicans 87

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

Nellieball Vanquishes Champions: Warriors 123 Heat 114

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.

Playing Nellieball.

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.

Warriors 115 Suns 86: A Dish Served Cold

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