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Warriors 122 Mavs 120: Splash

Huge win for the Warriors in what can aptly be described as the first playoff game of the season. Both teams desperately needed this game.

The game was so big, that Mark Jackson actually let the Warriors play. He is, in general, a much better coach when his big man options are limited. But he’s also to be credited for limiting the isolation offense in this game, and trusting his great passing team to create.

One big only, Draymond Green at the four.

Early offense.

Limited isolations.

Pick and roll after pick and roll after pick and roll. Relentless, all game long. (Wouldn’t it be nice to see this with David Lee playing?)

Scoring centers, busting the Curry blitz.

Jordan Crawford, taking over the second unit offense.

My version of the Warriors true identity.          Continue reading

Warriors 95 Mavs 93: Players Only

I’ve figured out how to recap Warriors games going forward: Ignore the coaching, and focus on the players. There’s just so much teeth gnashing I’m willing to do, and, I assume, you’re willing to read. It is completely clear by now that Jackson is committed to playing big all game every game. Even if it means denying his core of supernaturally talented offensive players the system they were born to play in. Even if it means feeding the best-shooting team in the league 16 point first quarters and 22 point third quarters, regardless of opponent, from now until eternity. Even if it means reaching for an NBA reject big man in his first game up from the D-League, without an ounce of experience in his system, to match up with a 6-7″ center on defense, and plug up the middle on offense, in crunchtime.

Mark Jackson is committed, as Adam Lauridsen would ecstatically put it, to playing “the right way.” It’s pointless to argue differently. It’s time for me, as the adage has it, to “lay back and think of England.”

And Thank Jesus for Stephen Curry.

Oops, reading over that, I see a little recap of the coaching leaked out.

On to the players:        Continue reading

Warriors 98 Jazz 87: Wandering Thoughts

The Bogut-Lee Frontline: Another dominating performance from Bogut and Lee against the golden boys of Utah, Favors and Kanter. This time in their home gym. If you think that’s easy to do, you haven’t been following Jazz boxscores.

And in general, this furthers the point that I made in my Thunder recap. Bogut and Lee are at their best when playing against big lineups. They are far less effective playing together against smaller players who stretch the floor. When the Warriors are facing small lineups like the Thunder’s, Mark Jackson should rethink his rotations.                          Continue reading

More 2013-2014 Fantasy Basketball Sleepers and Busts

Preseason has ended, and I’ve already participated in three CBS prize league (for cashish) fantasy drafts. I now have a few more players to add to my original sleepers and busts post:         Continue reading

The Team That Joe Lacob Built: Bucks 103 Warriors 93

I’m referring, of course, to the Milwaukee Bucks.                   Continue reading

Tank Thread Number Two

Brandon Rush: We’ve been hearing a lot lately — from people on his payroll, like Larry Riley, Rick Barry and Andrew Bogut — that Joe Lacob has been spending money, and is willing to spend money, to win.

I say: Really?                           Continue reading

Tank Thread Number One

I watched two thirds of the Warriors – Rockets game last night before turning the channel. There was a Milwaukee Bucks game on.     Continue reading

Joe Lacob’s Big Deal: Monta Ellis and Ekpe Udoh for Andrew Bogut

Golden State grabs 2-guard Klay Thompson (son of Mychal), a pick that has “We’re trading Monta Ellis” written all over it. — Bill Simmons, 2011 Draft Diary, 6-23-2011.

Let’s be real: Klay Thompson has no chance of becoming rookie of the year. Zero. None. Unless of course, Joe Lacob trades Monta Ellis. Does Lacob know something we don’t? — Feltbot, The Klay Thompson Problem, 12-21-2011.

One thing this trade is not is shocking. It’s something we all knew was coming from day one, when Joe Lacob told us that running teams can’t win in the playoffs, that the “architecture” of the team needed fixing, and that the culture needed changing. And that Stephen Curry and David Lee were the core of the Warriors, and Monta Ellis something else.                                        Continue reading

Yes! : Bucks 120 Warriors 98

Yes!  This is what we’re supposed to be rooting for, right? Getting Joe Lacob his lottery pick back? If not, I’m confused.             Continue reading

Burn the Memo: Celtics 105 Warriors 103

The scrap-end of this Warriors team has apparently not gotten the memo. Don’t they know how badly Joe Lacob wants his lottery pick back?         Continue reading