“We’re right there.” — Stephen Curry
I don’t buy the media narrative that the Indiana Pacers are on another level than the Golden State Warriors. While other writers saw nothing but how far away the Warriors are from the 33-7 Pacers, what I noticed was just how close the Warriors are to beating this team with a stick.
In my mind, the Warriors are merely two players away.
Andre Iguodala and Jordan Crawford. Continue reading
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
Great Warriors win over the Hawks on an absolutely impossible road-back-to-back. After the energy and emotion expended in defeating the two-time World Champs in their own building, the Warriors were obviously running on fumes. They stole this game the way the great teams do, by sticking together, playing unselfishly, grinding, and rising to the occasion in crunch time.
And playing Nellieball in the fourth quarter. Continue reading
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
I don’t have time for a recap, but this Warriors — Clippers Christmas matchup was too great not to comment on. Apologies for those who follow me on Twitter, this is more of a recap of my timeline than the game itself. Continue reading
That was absolutely humiliating. Popovich spanking Mark Jackson on a road back-to-back with his big three sitting on the bench. Kind of puts the lie to the Warriors’ injury problems doesn’t it? Continue reading
The surprising Phoenix Suns present a nightmare matchup problem for the Warriors. I have no idea how the Warriors win this game if Mark Jackson refuses to match up small, as he did in Charlotte. Continue reading
It’s pretty clear to me that given the superlative performance of their big men, the Warriors would have won this game against the Rockets pretty handily if they’d had Andre Iguodala. The Warriors were bedeviled in two areas last night: their perimeter defense, and Curry being unable to free himself from the predatory Patrick Beverly. Iggy would have made a major difference in both areas. Continue reading
I’ve figured out how to recap Warriors games going forward: Ignore the coaching, and focus on the players. There’s just so much teeth gnashing I’m willing to do, and, I assume, you’re willing to read. It is completely clear by now that Jackson is committed to playing big all game every game. Even if it means denying his core of supernaturally talented offensive players the system they were born to play in. Even if it means feeding the best-shooting team in the league 16 point first quarters and 22 point third quarters, regardless of opponent, from now until eternity. Even if it means reaching for an NBA reject big man in his first game up from the D-League, without an ounce of experience in his system, to match up with a 6-7″ center on defense, and plug up the middle on offense, in crunchtime.
Mark Jackson is committed, as Adam Lauridsen would ecstatically put it, to playing “the right way.” It’s pointless to argue differently. It’s time for me, as the adage has it, to “lay back and think of England.”
And Thank Jesus for Stephen Curry.
Oops, reading over that, I see a little recap of the coaching leaked out.
On to the players: Continue reading
“We’re a defensive team. 115 points is not acceptable.”
“We were a step slow on defense.”
“We need to play our brand of basketball.”
“We need to be true to our identity.”
“We’re going to stay true to the process.”
That was Mark Jackson’s take on the reasons why the Warriors lost to the Bobcats.
Here’s my take: Mark Jackson stuffed this loss down his team’s throat. His rigid inflexibility of mind and refusal to match up with his opponent was the single biggest reason why the Warriors lost this game. (And it’s something of a tradition for him against the Bobcats in Charlotte.) Continue reading