The Sins of the Past.
Two power-forwards slugging it out with seven footers on defense. The high post and high pick and roll drawing them out of the lane on offense. A spread floor opening the lane for swooping drives. The fear of swooping drives bringing on a hard rain of deadly three-pointers. The fear of deadly three pointers creating space for the pick and roll. Unstoppable guards given free rein to create havoc. A long defensive three to switch onto the best scorer. The swarming help. The gang rebounding. The outlets. The devastating fast break.
The Sins of the Past. Continue reading
This is a very good Dallas Mavericks team. They are definitely a better team than last year’s squad, that got blown out on their home floor by a 6-man Warriors squad of rookies and D-leaguers playing all-out Nellieball. They might even be a better team than the 67 game-winning, #1 seed in the NBA that Don Nelson blew out in the playoffs, playing all-out Nellieball. The reason is Tyson Chandler. He gets up and down, and does a lot to erase the defensive deficiencies of Nowitzki, and Terry, and Monsieur Beaubois, and Senor Barea, and the ancient Jason Kidd…
You’re exactly right, dear reader, there is simply no way that this Nets team, featuring the Lopezasaurus, Sasha Vujacic and Anthony Morrow should have been able to hold the Warriors to 90 points. Don Nelson would have put up 120 points against this slow as molasses and completely out-classed lineup with his eyes half shut. Continue reading
It’s getting difficult to make sense of what is going on during Warriors’ games currently. So many agendas are being worked out, so many little dramas. Biedrins taking a back seat to Udoh’s development. Stephen Curry sitting out an entire fourth quarter of a close game. Working Al Thornton, and a radically different style of play, into the rotation.
It is fair to ask at this point whether the Warriors as an organization are even trying to win basketball games. Continue reading
I had this game penciled in as a loss, so the fact that the Warriors lost at home against the Celtics did not come as a surprise to me. But that doesn’t mean I have to like the way the Warriors lost this game. I’m not referring to the shooting struggles of Monta Ellis, David Lee or the Warriors’ bench. I’m referring to the fact that in this game, as in several other games this season against better teams, the Warriors under Coach Keith Smart did not try to win.
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Tagged Boston Celtics, David Lee, Don Nelson, Ekpe Udoh, Golden State Warriors, Keith Smart, Monta Ellis, Recap, stephen jackson
Last night’s Warriors win over the Jazz has had me at a loss for words for nearly a day. How to characterize this win? It was an ugly win, to be sure. Curry had one of the worst games of his career. David Lee was lackluster, on the back-to-back. Vlad Rad was horrid. Udoh was OK, but gassed on his first road back-to-back at altitude. Several non-shooters were brought off the bench, which for long stretches made the Warriors offense look like it was running in mud. Only great shooting nights from Dorell Wright and Reggie Williams, and a legitimate superstar performance from Monta Ellis kept the Warriors in this game, and ultimately got them over the hump. Continue reading
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Tagged All-Star Boycott, Andris Biedrins, Brandan Wright, David Lee, Ekpe Udoh, Golden State Warriors, Keith Smart, Monta Ellis, Recap, Reggie Williams, Stephen Curry
We saw a lot of great things in this Warriors win over the Thunder, not least among them Monta Ellis outshining Kevin Durant, and Stephen Curry and David Lee shutting up their critics. But those great performances were not what stood out the most about this game for me.
“There are only three sports: bullfighting, motor racing, and mountaineering; all the rest are merely games.” — Ernest Hemingway
Keith Smart is driving me crazy. The guy has done everything possible to torture me this season. Which includes his frequent habit of coming up with extraordinary coaching performances immediately after abysmal coaching performances. I was in despair of Keith Smart after the last game, not for the first time this season. Now, I’m confused again. But confused in a good way.
This convincing 101-90 Warriors victory over the powerhouse Chicago Bulls was easily the best of the season. And it began and ended with the coach.
Once again the Warriors were dismembered by a veteran team currently playing great basketball. No need to freak when they lose to a team like the Hornets, who are currently on a 10-0 run.
But there were a couple things to be disturbed about. Beginning with Biedrins, of course. This loss began with him. It is clear that he will never again be the player he was, whether it’s because of chronic injury problems, as I suspect, or something mental. Whichever it is, the Warriors again found themselves playing 4 on 5 for most of the game. Continue reading
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Tagged Andris Biedrins, Chris Paul, David Lee, Ekpe Udoh, Golden State Warriors, Keith Smart, Monta Ellis, Recap, Stephen Curry
The Warriors sleepwalked through this game against the woebegone Nets, which is only natural on a holiday day-game against a cellar-dwellar. So I’m just going to give a pocket recap of the game, before moving on to other matters that affected me more deeply on this Martin Luther King day.