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Dog Days v.2013

The great flurry of activity surrounding the draft and the opening of free agency has now died down, and I think the Warriors have emerged clear winners. They have not only addressed every single critical hole or misconstruction in their roster that I have been harping on since the advent of the Lacob era, but by doing so have also given strong indications that the guiding philosopy of the franchise has changed radically as well.

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San Antonio Spurs 94 Golden State Warriors 82 — Game 6

A sad but somehow fitting way to end this injury-marred season. I hope neither Harrison Barnes nor Andrew Bogut are badly hurt, and wish them both as rapid a return to health as possible. That obviously goes for David Lee and Stephen Curry (and Brandon Rush) as well. This Warriors team left absolutely everything on the court, and they and Mark Jackson can be very proud of what they achieved this season.  Continue reading

Spurs in Control: Spurs 109 Warriors 91 — Game 5

David Lee just might be the healthiest star on the court.

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Buying Time: Warriors 97 Spurs 87 — Game 4

You could choose from any number of story lines to describe this Game 4 Warriors win against the Spurs. Mark Jackson’s was this: “I’m just so glad that a national TV audience had an opportunity to see exactly what’s been taking place in this area.” The Warriors’ PR department’s preferred story line was “Barnes Shoots Lights Out!” Buried deep in the sports section, you might find something about how Jarrett Jack put the Warriors on his back and carried them when they absolutely needed him. You’ll find something about Bogut’s defense and rebounding against Tim Duncan. And the fact that the crippled Curry and Lee gave everything they had.  Continue reading

Pop Goes the Series: Spurs 102 Warriors 92 — Game 3

Well, I guess I was a little optimistic with that Warriors in Six prediction, wasn’t I? Who would have thought that the Spurs could beat this red-hot Warriors team, with a half-dead Manu Ginobili? Gregg Popovich and the Spurs, that’s who. The Spurs showed their championship pedigree in this game. Starting with the head of the snake, their head coach, who demonstrated once again why he is one of the best to ever stalk the NBA hardwood. Continue reading

Pre-Game Jitters: Warriors v. Spurs — Game 3

How the Spurs can Win: Greg Popovich has a big problem. The first two games have made clear that the Warriors are by far the more offensively talented team. Curry, Thompson and Jack are far more talented than Danny Green and the aging and injured Parker and Ginobili. Draymond Green is far more talented than Bonner. And so far at least, there hasn’t been a significant difference in the play of Barnes and Leonard.

Tim Duncan is still one of the great offensive big men in the game, but Bogut and Ezeli’s ability to guard him one-on-one takes away a lot of his value to his team. Now he’s just a semi-efficient scorer of two point buckets, and not the team facilitator of layups and open threes that he can be when double-teamed.

What can Popovich do about this? What is the correct strategy for a team that is facing a major deficit in offensive talent?   Continue reading

Spurs Escape: Spurs 129 Warriors 127 — Game 1

I’m with Mark Jackson. Regardless of the result, I liked what I saw in this game. Really liked what I saw. I know Duncan was deathly ill, but the Spurs looked really old and slow. Tony Parker is at about 80% — he’s slower than normal, and his deep shot isn’t falling. Ginobili has been at about 70% all season, when he’s been playing at all — his shooting has all but deserted him (funny thing to say after he just daggered us), and his driving and finishing ability are hugely diminished.   Continue reading

Closing Time: Nuggets 107 Warriors 100

As pointed out in my last post, the result of this Game 5 between the Warriors and the Nuggets was predictable. It was a give-up and rest-up road game for the Warriors, and the home Nuggets had their backs to the wall, and played like it.

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The Curry Adjustment: Warriors 110 Nuggets 108 — Game 3

Great playoff basketball between evenly matched basketball teams always involves a chess match between the head coaches. Each coach tries to find the adjustments and counter-adjustments that can give his team a winning edge. If you are lucky, you can catch a series where the adjustments are so major and brilliant, and their effect so profound, that your expectations for how the games will be played are constantly smashed, and your brain starts whirling trying to adjust to each new reality as it unfolds.               Continue reading

Nellieball Triumphant: Warriors 131 Nuggets 117 — Game 2 Recap

“Height is a blessing, but speed kills.” — Reggie Miller

“RunJCT.” — Shaq   

A defensive shotblocker in the middle. (Alton Lister, Shawn Bradley, Andris  Biedrins, Andrew Bogut, Festus Ezeli.)

A three-point shooting stretch four.

Four shooters on the floor at all times.

The two point guard backcourt.

Matching up smaller than your opponent, but with more talent.

Relentless fastbreak.

Outlets to half-court.

Walk-up threes.

Early offense pick and roll.

Running the opposing centers off the floor.

Playing for three points with the best shooters in the league, while your opponent is playing for two.

“Gimmick defense.” Packing the paint. Zone. Gang rebounding.

What’s it called? C’mon, I know you know the answer.

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