“There are only three sports: bullfighting, motor racing, and mountaineering; all the rest are merely games.” — Ernest Hemingway
Keith Smart is driving me crazy. The guy has done everything possible to torture me this season. Which includes his frequent habit of coming up with extraordinary coaching performances immediately after abysmal coaching performances. I was in despair of Keith Smart after the last game, not for the first time this season. Now, I’m confused again. But confused in a good way.
This convincing 101-90 Warriors victory over the powerhouse Chicago Bulls was easily the best of the season. And it began and ended with the coach.
Once again the Warriors were dismembered by a veteran team currently playing great basketball. No need to freak when they lose to a team like the Hornets, who are currently on a 10-0 run.
But there were a couple things to be disturbed about. Beginning with Biedrins, of course. This loss began with him. It is clear that he will never again be the player he was, whether it’s because of chronic injury problems, as I suspect, or something mental. Whichever it is, the Warriors again found themselves playing 4 on 5 for most of the game. Continue reading
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Tagged Andris Biedrins, Chris Paul, David Lee, Ekpe Udoh, Golden State Warriors, Keith Smart, Monta Ellis, Recap, Stephen Curry
Two late great Warriors wins in a row, what a wonderful feeling after these long weeks of teeth-grinding misery. And this one against a former Western Conference powerhouse, a team that the Warriors are going to be competing with for that 8 seed, if Monta Ellis’ prediction comes true. I say former because Brandan Roy’s bone on bone career is currently in doubt, and trade rumors are swirling around Andre Miller.
I’m going to get to this great Warriors win. But first, in honor of Christmas — which is my favorite holiday on a spiritual level, and now also on an NBA basketball level as well, thanks to the decidedly unspiritual David Stern — and also in honor of Don Nelson, whose style of basketball was greatly honored today — I’m going to gift-wrap you some bonus coverage.
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Tagged David Lee, Don Nelson, Ekpe Udoh, Golden State Warriors, Keith Smart, Monta Ellis, Recap, Stephen Curry, Vladimir Radmanovich
Warriors fans enjoyed their first extended Nightmare of the season, as Ekpe Udoh delivered an amazing all-around performance off the bench that electrified the Oracle. The highlight sequence of the night, of course, began with his soaring, left-handed putback slam at 9:35 of the 4th Q. As the Oracle went beserk, the Rockets kept their head, and quickly inbounded the ball and connected over the top to a streaking Courtney Lee, who beat the Warriors defense, and… there was Udoh again, soaring to block Lee’s layup from behind. Wow.
Whew. Props to Bob Fitzgerald for never panicking in this game. After that 17 point first quarter performance, I have to admit I had my doubts that the Warriors would win.
It’s not usually my way to nitpick after wins. But it’s also never been my way to put on false optimism, or sugarcoat what I’m seeing. I write about what I see. And I’m seeing a lot more negatives than positives on the court right now.
Posted in Golden State Warriors, Joe Lacob, Keith Smart, Recaps
Tagged Acie Law, Ekpe Udoh, Golden State Warriors, Joe Lacob, Keith Smart, Monta Ellis, Recap, Reggie Williams
“Welcome to my nightmare/I think you’re gonna like it.” — Alice Cooper
My twitter feed is aflame with the news that Ekpe Friday “The Nightmare” Udoh will take the court tomorrow against the Miami Heat. Udoh practiced with the team and looked ready to multiple observers. Marcus Thompson tweets: “Ekpe looks ready. He’s blocking shots, dunking, even making midrange jumpers.” Matt Steinmetz tweets: “Asked Reggie Williams to tell me something about Udoh. He said: ‘He’s long, and he blocks everything.'”
I haven’t been this interested and excited in a Warriors rookie debut since…, well since last year’s clear-cut — but defrauded by media ignorance — Rookie of the Year, Stephen Curry. But before that, you’d have to go back to Chris Webber. Continue reading
Don’t answer until you check out this profile of Udoh. I note several characteristics of a quintessential Don Nelson player. First of all, “he has an incredible basketball intelligence.” Secondly, he has a love of doing the dirty work, which is something Nellie desperately wants from his four, and which has been sadly lacking in both Brandan Wright and Anthony Randolph. Third, he has versatility, or as Nellie puts it, the ability to do more than one thing well.