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New Wave: Heat 115 Warriors 102

I’m depressed. It hit me hard when I saw the shots of the Warriors bench in the third quarter last night, that featured more empty seats than players in uniform. It looked like a shot of the crowd at a Nets game.

And that was before I got to watch Devean George at center.

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Zero Quit: Cavs 117 Warriors 114

Was this a basketball game or a football game? Pound, Dribble… Pound, Dribble… Pound, Dribble.  The Cavs attacked the Warriors interior relentlessly with their gargantuan front line of Shaquille O’Neill, Zydrunas Ilgauskas and Anderson Varejao. Pound, Dribble… Pound, Dribble… Pound dribble. The Warriors made goal line stand after goal line stand.  One by one, their big men were carried off the field of play.  Rony Turiaf with an ankle sprain, Andris Biedrins with 5 fouls and a sprain to his pride.

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Pre-Game Jitters: Cavs

Shaq v. Turiaf’s knee?

Lebron v. D-league call-up Cartier Martin?

Hickson and Varejao v. Vlad-Rad?

Hmmm. On paper, this game looks like a train wreck in the making. But I’m not ready to write it off before it happens.  There are several positives for the Warriors in this game.  Beginning with Don Nelson.  Nellie has found some great game plans against teams like Phoenix and Sacramento lately, and I have a feeling we’ll see some more creativity out of him in this game. He’ll be matched against Mike Brown, in my humble opinion one of the worst coaches in the NBA. His GM seems to share that opinion, having forced an offensive coordinator down his throat in the off-season.     Continue reading

Gut Check: Warriors 107 Timberwolves 101

The Warriors stumbled over the finish line last night, nearly obscuring just how much better they are than this ridiculously bad and mismatched Timberwolves team.  The Warriors lost their legs in the third period, but were able to dig deep in crunch time to preserve the win.  A gritty performance on a road back-to-back in Minneapolis in January.     Continue reading

Cheated: Nuggets 123 Warriors 122

“Fair is foul, and foul is fair.”     — Macbeth I,i.

Bill Spooner, Jason Phillips  and Mark Ayotte are the three refs that cheated the Warriors out of this win tonight.  If they are going to take it on their shoulders to change the outcome of an NBA game in the final seconds, then I think it’s only right that they get full credit.     Continue reading

Pre-Game Jitters: Nuggets

The Warriors return to the scene of the crime tonight in Denver.  In their last mile-high game, the short-handed Warriors got blown out by 28. In this game, however, it will be the Nuggets who are short-handed:  Chauncey Billups and the Birdman, Chris Andersen, are out with injuries, and Carmelo Anthony will be a game-time decision with a bruised knee.  The Nuggets have been struggling without Billups, going 2-6 with him out.

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Small Again: Blazers 105 Warriors 89

As the only team to take the court with actual centers, the Warriors figured to have the size advantage in this game.  But that’s not the way it worked out. There is more than one way to have a size advantage in basketball.  You can have it the traditional way, on the front line.  But you can also have it the way the Portland Trailblazers had it in this game, at the wings. Portland used the size of its wing players, Brandon Roy at 6-7 and Martell Webster at 6-7 to dominate their far smaller Warriors counterparts. The Warriors wing defenders, Monta Ellis, Stephen Curry and CJ Watson, who all go 6-3 in their dress shoes, were completely helpless against Roy and Webster. Roy avenged his terrible performance in Oakland with a brutally efficient 37 points on 12-16.  Webster went for 21 and 11.  And with the help of these players and Dante Cunningham off the bench, the Blazers outrebounded the Warriors 43-36.

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Big Again: Warriors 103 Celtics 99

Back to back games with a real NBA center available.  Back to back games in which the Warriors looked like a real team.  Back to back great wins against two of the best teams in the league.

Coincidence? Virtually every Bay Area sportswriter and blogger, not to mention every NBA writer on the planet, has been telling you that the Warriors are a mess, and that the problem lies with Don Nelson.  He’s washed up, he can’t communicate with today’s player, the league has caught up with him, he’s destroying this franchise.

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Pre-Game Jitters: Celtics

The Warriors are +5.5 home dogs to the Celtics tonight, in the return of Andris Biedrins to the Warriors lineup (it’s really happening, right?).  This line seems curious to me.  The Celtics are one of the best road teams in the NBA, it is true. They had won 9 road games in a row, and 13 of 14, until they lost last night to the Clippers (on a BDiddy last-second dagger. Oh, the memories…!). On the other hand, consider this: The Celtics are without Paul Pierce. They are an old team, and they are playing a back-to-back on the road.  It is the third game of their road trip. Their starters played heavy minutes last night in a close game.

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Just Short: Hornets 108 Warriors 102

This much was made clear by this game: The Golden State Warriors have passed by the New Orleans Hornets in talent. They are the better team. All that is needed now is for the Warriors to get their team back.

In this game, the short-handed Warriors were playing on the road on a back-to-back.  They played a 7 man rotation, while the Hornets got contributions from 11 players.  They played their power forward at center, their small forward at power forward, and a back-up point guard at small forward.  And they gave the Hornets everything they could handle. In fact, if it weren’t for the fact that the depleted and undersized Warriors couldn’t keep the Hornets off the boards, they may well have won this game going away.

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