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
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
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
I’m under the weather, so I’ll limit my recap of last night’s debacle to a few observations: Continue reading
Nice win tonight for the Warriors, but we must acknowledge that it wasn’t the Denver Nuggets that they beat. The Nuggets’ best player, Danilo Gallinari — who happens to be the kind of spread four the Warriors have no answer for — is out for a month. Their second best player, Wilson Chandler, is stuck in China. Ty Lawson, with a sprained foot on one side and a sprained ankle on the other, is a mere shadow of himself. (I know this because he’s on my fantasy team.) When your main asset is speed, two bad wheels cannot be overcome.
What else? Aaron Afflalo, normally a terrific player, has struggled badly with free agency legs. And Nene has been in and out of the lineup with plantar fasciitis.
Not surprisingly, the Nuggets have been struggling, losing five straight games. The Warriors caught them at the right time. Nevertheless, a road win in mile high Denver is still an achievement, no matter who you’re playing. (The Warriors had dropped 15 out of their previous 16 in Denver.) Continue reading
I’m not going to recap this Thunder game. Going to save my bullets. I would just be howling in the wind (and mixing my metaphors), because no one in the world believes this Warriors team should be able to beat the Thunder.
That 22-2 lead in fastbreak points the Heat had over the Warriors at halftime? Brought to you by Joe Lacob and Mark Jackson: The Kwame Brown Era.
That 19 point 3rd quarter? A Joe Lacob and Mark Jackson joint production: The Kwame Brown era. Continue reading
Not going to recap this Suns game. I wrote up something quite long, but have decided not to post it. Too negative. I’ve saved it, and will probably use some of it in later posts. I hope not. Perhaps it’s completely unjustified. I’ll try to take the long view, and wait for the Warriors to get all their pieces back. It would be nice if this Warriors team could play just one decent stretch of basketball with all of its pieces, wouldn’t it? Just one stretch in what, four years now? Five? Continue reading
I am as delighted by this Warriors win over the Knicks as anyone. More than delighted. I’m ecstatic, not just for the single win in a long NBA season, but for the promise of many more wins to come that I see in the quality of their coach, Mark Jackson.
But before I get into that, I just have to get the nonsense out of the way. The nonsense that is spewing out of the mouths of the Warriors media right now. And yes, spewing out of the mouth of their head coach. Continue reading
[I]t was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us…. — Charles Dickens
So which game is it, the Clippers game or the Bulls game? Which game represented the real strength of this season’s Warriors team? Tentatively, I’m going to lean towards the Bulls game. Partly because that was the last game I saw, partly because I’m an inveterate Warriors optimist, and partly because I glimpsed a few things I like in Mark Jackson’s game-planning. And partly because Andris Biedrins is still walking in an upright vertical position. Continue reading