Tag Archives: Klay Thompson

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

Warriors in Six: Warriors 100 Spurs 91– Game 2

No, our eyes didn’t deceive us last game. The newly Nellieball Golden State Warriors are a better team than the San Antonio Spurs.

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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.

NELLIEBALL.                                   Continue reading

Game One Recap: Denver Nuggets 97 Golden State Warriors 95

Heartbreaker. An amazingly resilient performance by the Warriors on the Nuggets’ home floor, given the youth and playoff inexperience of their roster, and the loss of David Lee.  Continue reading

Golden State Warriors v. Denver Nuggets Playoff Preview

There are some difficulties in forecasting this Nuggets – Warriors series. For one, Andrew Bogut didn’t play against the Nuggets this season. And, in another indication of just how lucky the Warriors were in their schedule this year, they played the Nuggets three times in the first month, and then on Jan. 13th, and not once after that date. The Warriors managed to avoid the period when the Nuggets had their full roster and were clicking on all cylinders — and beating the Thunder on their home floor — towards the end of the season. So even if the Nuggets were at full strength, which they are not, it would be hard to apply the lessons of the regular season games to this playoff series. The Nuggets got better as the season progressed, while the Warriors, with the addition of Andrew Bogut, got objectively worse. Continue reading

No Coincidence: Lakers 118 Warriors 116

No offense to Andrew Bogut, whose courage and former talent I admire, but it’s no coincidence that with him out, Stephen Curry dropped 47 on the Lakers in Staples Center.       Continue reading

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

Bogut Check: Jazz 97 Warriors 90

It’s been difficult to recap Warriors games recently. Not just because I was out of town, but because we’ve entered the silly season. That time of year when many bad teams have simply given up, and many good teams are resting their stars, and fantasy league owners are asking themselves questions like, “Should I start Lebron James?” Most of the games the Warriors are playing right now, and will be playing up until the playoffs, are meaningful only to themselves.

This was not such a game. I’ve had this one marked on my calendar as a game that could serve as a benchmark of the Warriors’ progress, because both teams needed it, and both teams wanted it. And, in what has been an extreme rarity in Warriors’ opponents this season, Utah was at close to full strength. Continue reading

Bogut Lives: Warriors 108 Rockets 78

Wow, what an incredible win by the Warriors against a Rockets team that I had all but decided they could never beat. I was so amazed that as soon as the game was over, I rewound the tape and watched the whole thing again.

This is what I believe happened: Quite obviously, this was Bogut’s best game of the season. But not so obviously, the Warriors coaches made a major adjustment on offense that was hugely effective in integrating Bogut with this Warriors team. And then there was Klay Thompson’s superb game going head to head with James Harden.  Continue reading

Home Cooking: Warriors 105 Pistons 97

Nothing like a couple of home games against wretched teams to cure what ails the Warriors.  The Knicks without Amare and with Melo on one leg, and the Pistons without… eh, it doesn’t even matter who they were without. They’re the Greg Monroe Pistons. Soft as a marshmallow, and about as quick as one too. Continue reading