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That Losing Mentality: Celtics 115 Warriors 93

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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The Closer: Warriors 110 Pacers 108

Monta Ellis rewrote the title of this Warriors-Pacers recap for me. I had several titles in the works. “Outpaced” was one, jotted down when the Pacers were running away with the tempo and the game in the second quarter. Others had to do with how badly Dorell Wright — the putative Warriors stopper — was getting worked by Danny Granger, and how badly Keith Smart was getting worked by the very underrated coach on the other bench. There was a moment when I thought Stephen Curry might have overcome the abominable way in which he is being used to be the hero of this game. But we know what happened there.

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Spanked by a Master: Spurs 118 Warriors 98

There are no two ways around it: Last night, Greg Popovich gave Keith Smart as thorough a spanking as I have ever witnessed one coach give another in an NBA game. Well, there was that multiple spanking that Nellie gave Mark Cuban and his Squeaky General. But you get the idea.

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No Lightning: Thunder 112 Warriors 104

This game highlighted a lot of the things that the Warriors are currently lacking. The Warriors lack, quite obviously, a long wing defender who could have been used to guard Kevin Durant.  No Stephen Jackson, no Kelenna Azubuike, not even a Cartier Martin.  Durant went for an effortless 45 and 11. The Warriors lack, at least at the moment, a starting center who can rebound and defend the paint.  The Thunder out-rebounded the Warriors by 14, and Russell Westbrook went to the line for 17 free throws, making 14 on the way to a 28 point 8 assist performance.  The Warriors lack a power forward who is capable of matching up against the Jeff Greens of the league.  Like, perhaps, Anthony Randolph.  The Warriors were forced to give Anthony Tolliver help on Green, which exacerbated their problems on the boards.

And the Warriors lack Monta Ellis, superstar.  Monta is back, but he has not been the star of any of the three games he has played since his return.

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Pax Jaxicana: Bobcats 121 Warriors 110

Steven Jackson showed his love for coach Don Nelson and his former teammates with hugs and smiles before tipoff last night, right before burying them with a dominant performance before the booing ignorant in Oracle arena. That’s who Stephen Jackson is, and that’s what he does on the basketball court.

In his comments both before and after the game, Jackson stressed that his actions in forcing a trade from the Warriors had absolutely nothing to do with Don Nelson or his teammates.  About Nelson, he said “I have a lot of respect and love for Don Nelson.” And he was equally effusive in his praise and affection for his teammates.  The reason why Jackson wanted off the Warriors was because of the ownership.  He wants to play for ownership that wants to win, and he doesn’t believe that’s the case with the Warriors’ owner.  I think he’s right about that, and I don’t blame him one bit.

Go in peace, Stephen Jackson.

I just got around to watching the game on tape, and was again depressed by the let down in effort that the Warriors are currently going through.  It appears to be contagious, because my energy level is suffering along with the Warriors, particularly after a long hard night battling over the green felt.  So if you’re looking for an insightful recap, I’m going to pass the ball to the consistently excellent Mike Massa at the Examiner.  He hit this nail on the head.

Pre-Game Jitters: Stephen Jackson’s Return

Stephen Jackson is returning to the Oracle with the Charlotte Bobcats.  No doubt the Warriors faithful will be letting him have it.  But I would not boo him myself if I were at this game.  I have a very strong admiration for Jackson as a basketball player, that was not diminished by the actions he took to separate himself from the Warriors.     Continue reading

Pre-Game Jitters: Hornets

Chris Paul and the Hornets at the Oracle tonight.  They’ve gone 10-4 so far in January to get their record up to 24-20, and I have no idea how they’ve done it. This is not a great basketball team.  I wrote after the last time the Warriors played them that the Warriors had surpassed them in talent, and I stand by that assessment. Chris Paul is carrying them.

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Pre-Game Jitters: Nets

The Warriors are -7.5 point favorites, dressing only 4 1/2 NBA players.  Huh? This can mean only two things. One, those 4 1/2 players are pretty good. And two, its the New Jersey Nets.   Continue reading

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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Windy City: Bulls 96 Warriors 91

The wind chill in Chicago tonight was 12 degrees. It appeared that the Warriors felt it: they shot 38% in this game. I’m guessing in the second half it was a lot closer to 25%.  Its pretty tough to win on the road when you are that cold.  And yet, the Warriors looked like the better team for most of this game, and despite all their struggles, had a tie score and the ball with 24 seconds left.  They ran an isolation for Monta Ellis at the top of the key, he drove the lane, ignored Anthony Morrow standing wide open in the corner, and flung up a contested airball.  The Warrior’s frigid shooting continued in overtime, and that was the ballgame.   Continue reading