Tag Archives: Mark Jackson

The Miraculous Season: Warriors 104 Thunder 99

A few short days after I watched the Lakers compete hard against the Miami Heat, took a look at the Warriors schedule, and pronounced that the Warriors still have a tough road  ahead to make the playoffs, I’m ready to take it all back. This Warriors team is going to the playoffs. Guaranteed.  Continue reading

The Barnes Identity: Warriors 115 Clippers 94

There are plenty of reasons to discount this Warriors win over the Clippers. I sensed this would be a blowout before it happened, and missed an opportunity to make myself look good by predicting it in the last thread. I have noticed before that when teams come off a long winning streak, they often suffer a sustained letdown. This was also a road back-to-back. The Clippers were without Caron Butler, which threw off their normal rotation and further sapped their energy. And they are certainly looking ahead to the Lakers on Friday.        Continue reading

Nellieball versus Nellieball: Warriors 97 Heat 95

What do you call Chris Bosh at center and Lebron James at power forward?

What do you call David Lee at center, and 6-6″ Draymond Green at power forward?            Continue reading

General Patton: Warriors 102 Nets 93

“Whenever you slow anything down, you waste human lives.” — George S. Patton

During halftime of this game, Gary St. Jean offered two keys for the Warriors against the Nets. The first was to “keep size on Brook Lopez.” The second was to “get up and down — you can’t play halfcourt.”

Do those two keys sound consistent to you? Do they make any sort of sense when paired together?

No, they do not. And fortunately for the Warriors in this game, Mark Jackson understood that. This may have been the best coached game in Jackson’s tenure.                Continue reading

Rookies: Nuggets 107 Warriors 101

“Forget it, Jake. It’s Chinatown.” — Walsh

Warriors fans have just suffered one of the most brutal weeks in history — and that’s saying something for this woebegone franchise. First we lost Brandon Rush for the season, then we got the bad news on Bogut, and then we watched the last two games.

Where the Warriors got stomped on like ants by the Lakers, and completely gave away a win against a far better Nuggets team.

Crushing.                Continue reading

Festus Ezeli: Warriors 114 Clippers 110

This was a tremendous win. But before I get to it, I’d like to say something about Brandon Rush. To me, what is really awful about these injuries — even beyond the shock and pain of the injury itself — is the disappointment and heartbreak they cause. Continue reading

Waiting for Bogot

“Saved from what?”

                                   – Estragon, Waiting for Godot

Well, we’ve certainly had some solid indications that Joe Lacob is finally finished tanking the Warriors, haven’t we?                 Continue reading

The Running Game Returns: Warriors 120 Wizards 100

Obviously, this game settles nothing in the debate over what ails the Warriors. It was the Wizards, one of the most wretched teams in the NBA, if not in NBA history. I like precisely one player on their roster, Trevor Booker. (He’s currently on my injury-ravaged fantasy team, competing for minutes with Mr. Nightmare.)

Did the Warriors three point shooting return because the first two shots went down? Because the law of averages dictated that it had to return at some point? Because the Warriors were inspired by the Return of the Prosthetic Son?  Because they were playing against the Wizards, and the worst perimeter defense in the league? Or because they knew they were playing against the Wizards?

Or was it because for the first time in the last 6 games they actually pushed the tempo, found an offensive rhythmn and got open looks?   Continue reading

Fire Mark Jackson: Raptors 83 Warriors 75

I shouldn’t bother to write anything about this game. I forgot to record it and only caught the 4th quarter. But I can’t help myself.

Here are my game notes, derived chiefly from the box score:    Continue reading

The Mark Jackson Disaster: 76ers 105 Warriors 83

After this blowout loss to the 76ers, Mark Jackson once again threw his Warriors team under the bus.  “We didn’t come out of the locker room [at halftime] with the right mindset,” said the Preacher.  For once I might have to agree with Jackson.  The Warriors came out of the locker room with the wrong mindset entirely.

They came out of the locker room with the wrong lineup, the wrong philosophy, and the wrong gameplan.                Continue reading