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Niners Win: Bobcats 112 Warriors 100 + Warriors 99 Pistons 91

I watched a truly great game this weekend.  A football game.

And naturally, had a couple of Warriors-related thoughts as I watched it unfold.                                         Continue reading

Half-Way Crooks: Magic 117 Warriors 109

This guy don’t wanna battle, he’s shook
Cause there ain’t no such thing as half-way crooks. — Eminem*

This game against the Orlando Magic was extremely interesting in the questions it has raised.  Was the Hack-a-Dwight a good strategy? Would Don Nelson have done the same thing?  Did the Warriors miss Kwame Brown in this game? Did the Warriors have a good game plan in this game?

Could this game have been won?

My one word answers to these questions, in order:  No.  No. Yes and No. (That’s three words I guess, sorry.)  No.

Yes.

Surprised by these answers?  Well, I’m going to surprise you further: I’d like to show you some very simple stats to support them. Yes, this avowed stat hater is going to convince you of the rectitude of his positions by trotting out some very simple stats.             Continue reading

The Injury Miracle: Warriors 111 Heat 106

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

Big Brother: Lakers 97 Warriors 90

Forget my new rule about not recapping the front end of back-to-backs. I can’t resist talking about this well-played game against the Lakers, the Warriors’ Big Brother from the Southland.  And one game after ripping on Kwame Brown, I have to pay him some props for his great game against Andrew Bynum tonight.        Continue reading

Kwame Brown, Joe Lacob and the Golden State Warriors’ Missing Piece

Two left feet, oh, so neat, 
Has sweet Georgia Brown! – Louis Armstrong

Kwame Brown

If anyone had told me in 2009 that in a few short years I would be watching the  Warriors’ second rookie coach in as many seasons lean on Kwame Brown in crunch time, I would never have started this blog.  That’s a fact.

And yet here we are.                                          Continue reading

Get on the Warriors: Warriors 92 Knicks 78

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

A Tale of Two Games — Warriors vs Clippers and Bulls

[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

Pre-Game Jitters: How to Beat the Clippers

Don’t you know
You better run, run, run, run, run,
run, run, run, run, run, run, run
Oh I said, you better
Run, run, run, run, run, run, run,
run, run, run, run, run.  —
Tracy Chapman

This comes straight from the playbook of Don Nelson, who back in the day when we believed, stole a game from the formidable Chris Paul – David West – Tyson Chandler Hornets, in New Orleans, like this:

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Joe Lacob and the Hidden Meaning of the Warriors Bench

What is it with Joe Lacob’s reluctance to spend money on this Warriors team? Last year he refused to shore up the worst bench in the NBA for a team that was arguably in contention at the trade deadline. This year in free agency he refused to “overspend” for a quality defensive center, virtually ensuring that the Warriors came away with nothing.                                                                          Continue reading

The Klay Thompson Problem

Klay Thompson will be in the running for Rookie of the Year. — Joe Lacob

Joe Lacob is gonna really, really regret saying these words, which he splashed all over the media in the preseason.  They are wrong on so many levels, not least in the ridiculous expectations they set in the mind of a young player, for all the wrong reasons (see Evans, Tyreke).  They are words grounded more in trying to establish Lacob’s credibility as Warriors GM, and in selling tickets and jerseys, than they are in reality, or the best interests of the Golden State Warriors (see Lin, Jeremy).

Let’s be real: Klay Thompson has no chance of becoming rookie of the year. Continue reading