Billy Beane is quite clearly the class of baseball. The best talent evaluator as well as the best GM at timing and executing really complex moves whether tactical (for the season) or strategic (for the future).
I think dumping Cespedes for a stretch run and playoff run with Lester is a sign of his genius, that in all probability no other GM in baseball would have had the guts to pull off. Because Cespedes was in many ways the most exciting player on the As, probably the most identifiable player on the team, a big fan draw. One of the faces of the franchise. Continue reading
I would have loved to have watched this game at home, and to have it on tape. Instead, due to the dark alchemies of pipes, drywall, microbes and time, I was once again forced to watch from a sportsbar — the Fiddler’s Green in San Rafael, with their fine selection of Belgian beers and Irish whiskeys. Continue reading
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
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
Posted in Golden State Warriors, Previews
Tagged Blake Griffin, Chris Paul, David Lee, Draymond Green, Harrison Barnes, Jermaine O'Neal, Jordan Crawford, Klay Thompson, Mark Jackson, Stephen Curry
Huge win for the Warriors in what can aptly be described as the first playoff game of the season. Both teams desperately needed this game.
The game was so big, that Mark Jackson actually let the Warriors play. He is, in general, a much better coach when his big man options are limited. But he’s also to be credited for limiting the isolation offense in this game, and trusting his great passing team to create.
One big only, Draymond Green at the four.
Pick and roll after pick and roll after pick and roll. Relentless, all game long. (Wouldn’t it be nice to see this with David Lee playing?)
Scoring centers, busting the Curry blitz.
Jordan Crawford, taking over the second unit offense.
My version of the Warriors true identity. Continue reading
With Bogut back on the shelf, it looks like the Warriors are going to be playing some Nellieball going forward. So of course, I’m scheduled to be out of town for the next 10 days. It looks like I’m going to be forced to miss the next 4 games, including the two big home games against the Grizzlies and the Spurs. I assume those are the teams that Jackson is resting Jermaine O’Neal up for.
I’ll leave this thread open, and look forward to reading some of you guys’ recaps for a change.
We got a look at a little smallball last night. Some observations: Continue reading
I’m not going to harp too much on the outcome of this game, because as the game wore on, it became apparent that the Warriors didn’t have the horses to go the distance. Actually, it was apparent as early as the first quarter, when Mark Jackson pulled Stephen Curry at 4:14. No way he does that if Curry’s 100% — he’s been playing the entire first quarter this season. And as even 5 yr. old Warriors fans know — better than anyone, in fact — no Stephen Curry, no win. Continue reading
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
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
The floor is spread, the offense flows.
The extra wing, the defense swarms.