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Poorly Constructed: Thunder 116 Warriors 97

I think we can all agree after this fiasco that the one team the Warriors don’t want to see in the playoffs is the Thunder. They simply match up horribly against them. In this game, the playoff-ready Thunder ruthlessly exposed every major hole on the Warriors’ poorly constructed roster.          Continue reading

The Miraculous Season: Warriors 104 Thunder 99

A few short days after I watched the Lakers compete hard against the Miami Heat, took a look at the Warriors schedule, and pronounced that the Warriors still have a tough road  ahead to make the playoffs, I’m ready to take it all back. This Warriors team is going to the playoffs. Guaranteed.  Continue reading

One Leg Blues: Warriors 116 Hornets 112

I got a woman with one leg yeah/I got a woman with two/I got a woman with a wooden leg/I’ll tell you what that’s gonna do.

  — Wild Willy Barrett

These sprained ankles to Stephen Curry and David Lee could not have come at a worse time in the Warriors schedule. But the gritty Warriors fought through their one leg blues to turn in two fine road performances in San Antonio and New Orleans, culminating in this nail-biting win against the surging Hornets. And boy did they need it, coming into New Orleans having lost 6 of their last 7, and looking at a brutally tough schedule through the end of January. Out of the next 7 games, which include a 4 games in 5 nights road trip, the Warriors figure to be favorites in only two.

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Warriors Myths Exposed: Nuggets 116 Warriors 105

It’s never easy to go into Denver and get a win. Particularly against this Denver team, which just got Wilson Chandler back. Chandler is one of my favorite players in the NBA, a world-class defender of three positions, as well as a versatile scorer. A true Nellieball two-way wing.  Continue reading

Small Again, Naturally: Warriors 96 Sixers 89

My schedule has been a bit crazy this holiday season, and will be through New Years, so please forgive the abbreviated recaps.

The most notable thing about this Sixers game is that Mark Jackson corrected his error of the Lakers game, benched his conventional centers in the fourth quarter, and went back to the crunchtime Nellieball lineup that has been responsible for so many wins this season.             Continue reading

Nellieball versus Nellieball: Warriors 97 Heat 95

What do you call Chris Bosh at center and Lebron James at power forward?

What do you call David Lee at center, and 6-6″ Draymond Green at power forward?            Continue reading

Pick Rattle and Roll: Warriors 109 Nets 102 + Warriors 101 Wizards 97

Do you think that I’m shocked that the Warriors are playing so well? Me, who was so skeptical of Bogut playing this season? So carefully noncommittal on the Warriors’ prospects?        Continue reading

General Patton: Warriors 102 Nets 93

“Whenever you slow anything down, you waste human lives.” — George S. Patton

During halftime of this game, Gary St. Jean offered two keys for the Warriors against the Nets. The first was to “keep size on Brook Lopez.” The second was to “get up and down — you can’t play halfcourt.”

Do those two keys sound consistent to you? Do they make any sort of sense when paired together?

No, they do not. And fortunately for the Warriors in this game, Mark Jackson understood that. This may have been the best coached game in Jackson’s tenure.                Continue reading

More Rookies: Warriors 105 Mavericks 101

Not going to get too excited about this win. The Mavs are an incredibly old and bad basketball team. So bad, I don’t think even getting Nowitzki back will help them get into the playoff picture. If by some miracle the Warriors actually wind up contending for the eighth seed, I think it will be against the Twolves, Blazers and possibly the newly-hardened Rockets.

So let’s talk some more rookies.               Continue reading

Festus Ezeli: Warriors 114 Clippers 110

This was a tremendous win. But before I get to it, I’d like to say something about Brandon Rush. To me, what is really awful about these injuries — even beyond the shock and pain of the injury itself — is the disappointment and heartbreak they cause. Continue reading