On a rush: On a run; to be dealt a series of strong hands. – The Poker Dictionary
The Golden State Warriors have apparently traded Lou Amundson to the Indiana Pacers for Brandon Rush. I think this was a brilliant move, one that radically transforms the Warriors roster.
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The Sins of the Past.
Two power-forwards slugging it out with seven footers on defense. The high post and high pick and roll drawing them out of the lane on offense. A spread floor opening the lane for swooping drives. The fear of swooping drives bringing on a hard rain of deadly three-pointers. The fear of deadly three pointers creating space for the pick and roll. Unstoppable guards given free rein to create havoc. A long defensive three to switch onto the best scorer. The swarming help. The gang rebounding. The outlets. The devastating fast break.
The Sins of the Past. Continue reading
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
Warriors fans enjoyed their first extended Nightmare of the season, as Ekpe Udoh delivered an amazing all-around performance off the bench that electrified the Oracle. The highlight sequence of the night, of course, began with his soaring, left-handed putback slam at 9:35 of the 4th Q. As the Oracle went beserk, the Rockets kept their head, and quickly inbounded the ball and connected over the top to a streaking Courtney Lee, who beat the Warriors defense, and… there was Udoh again, soaring to block Lee’s layup from behind. Wow.
In the surest sign to date that Don Nelson does not intend to play small this season, the Warriors just signed the 6-9″ 240 lb. Lou Amundson to a 2-year $5 million deal. There will be no more reliance on 20-year-old matchstick men to hold off the behemoths in the paint. There will be no more courting of injury disasters such as befell the Warriors front-line last year, when both Brandon Wright and Anthony Randolph disappeared for the season. There will be no more Corey Maggette at power forward. The Warriors are going to play big this season, even when they go to the bench.
And they are going to play with veterans. High basketball IQ veterans.