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
Most NBA pundits are predicting that Mark Jackson is about to radically transform the Warriors style, forcing them away from their run and gun roots under Nellie, and towards a slowed-down style that emphasizes defense first.
I am predicting the exact opposite.
Posted in Golden State Warriors, Joe Lacob, Mark Jackson, Predictions, Previews
Tagged David Lee, Dorell Wright, Golden State Warriors, Kwame Brown, Mark Jackson, Monta Ellis, Stephen Curry
Some things and some people have to be approached obliquely, at an angle. — Andre Gide
After reacting with the requisite knee-jerk snarkiness to the news of Mark Jackson’s hiring — I tweeted: “It should come as no surprise that Joe Lacob just hired an expert at walking the ball up the court to coach the fastest team in the league.” — I’ve taken the last few days to come to a considered opinion. I’ve read through the media statements, done some research, and remembered some past Mark Jackson statements from his coverage of Warriors games. I’ve looked at Lacob’s surprising choice for head coach of the Warriors from every angle.
You might be surprised by my take. Continue reading