“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.
Another lucky win, in a game that should have been a blowout. Why does it feel like the Warriors are stealing games when they win at home? Because they are stealing them. Stripped of the strictures of their coach by the desperation of the situation, Monta Ellis and Stephen Curry are stealing wins for the Warriors in crunch time.
And they just may be saving the skin of their coach every time they do it.
I just listened to the entirety of Joe Lacob’s interview with Gary Radnich, and I have to say I was very impressed by him. I came away very willing to concede that I have been too hard on him, and that he understands far more about what he has on this team, and how to build on it, than he had indicated with his prior personnel moves and statements. He knows he has something special in both Curry and Ellis, and will be loathe to break them up. He stated very clearly that the Warriors need to get a big defensive shooting guard to protect the Curry and Ellis backcourt. Bravo! Continue reading
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
I know there’s a Warriors-Clippers game to recap tonight, but I feel my attentions are urgently needed in another cause.
Joe Lacob has just done another round of media interviews, which is our clue that some nasty business is at hand. His first round of interviews prepared us nicely for the firing of Don Nelson, the retention of Robert Rowell, and the glorious signings of Keith Smart, Lou Amundson and Jeremy Lin. What was the intention of this latest round of interviews? Continue reading
Monta Ellis rewrote the title of this Warriors-Pacers recap for me. I had several titles in the works. “Outpaced” was one, jotted down when the Pacers were running away with the tempo and the game in the second quarter. Others had to do with how badly Dorell Wright — the putative Warriors stopper — was getting worked by Danny Granger, and how badly Keith Smart was getting worked by the very underrated coach on the other bench. There was a moment when I thought Stephen Curry might have overcome the abominable way in which he is being used to be the hero of this game. But we know what happened there.
The Warriors sleepwalked through this game against the woebegone Nets, which is only natural on a holiday day-game against a cellar-dwellar. So I’m just going to give a pocket recap of the game, before moving on to other matters that affected me more deeply on this Martin Luther King day.
…Uh huh, Uh huh, I like it. — KC & The Sunshine Band
This was the best win of the Warriors’ season. I say that first of all because it came against a very tough team, the Los Angeles Clippers. Don’t scoff. This isn’t your Daddy’s Clippers team. This is the Clippers team of Blake Griffin, who only needs continued health to erase all memory of Karl Malone. (Yes, I said that.) This is a Clippers team with Eric Gordon, who is rapidly becoming a bonafide star. And with Baron Davis. A healthier, slimmed down, motivated, gleam-in-his-eye Baron Davis, who has finally been freed from the half-court swamp of The Kamanosaurus by the emergence of DeAndre Jordan at center. Continue reading
It is more than a little sad to say that I’m somewhat pleased by this ultra-competitive Warriors’ loss to the Lakers. But that’s where we Warriors fans find ourselves in relation to our insufferable LaLa land counterparts these days. The Lakers are the defending two-time champs. They have a bankroll that dwarfs ours. One of the best big men in NBA history fell into their lap, even if they don’t completely know what to do with him.
And of course, they have a GM who knows how to build a winning bench. The Warriors have a GM — Joe Lacob — who gave us Lou Amundson and Jeremy Lin. Two players not good enough to even dip a toe into this game against the big boys. Continue reading
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Tagged Andris Biedrins, David Lee, Dorell Wright, Golden State Warriors, Joe Lacob, Keith Smart, Kobe Bryant, Monta Ellis, Stephen Curry, Vladimir Radmanovich
A lot of things annoyed me about how Keith Smart went about business in this Warriors loss to the Hawks. And I’m annoyed in general at how he goes about business against the “better” teams of the league. I do not accept the notion that this was a game the Warriors couldn’t win.