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Branded: Bucks 129 Warriors 125

If it weren’t for Kelenna Azubuike’s devastating knee injury, this would have been a great game to watch.  The Warriors gave an all-around superb performance in the second game of a road back-to-back, a performance to be proud of. Unfortunately, their team performance was overshadowed by the incandescent individual performance of sensational Bucks rookie Brandon Jennings, who laid 55 points on the Warriors.  29 of those points came in the third quarter, when Jennings made his first 11 shots, many from 3 point range. For the game, he shot 21-34, including 7-8 from three, with 5 rebounds and 5 assists.  A rookie performance for the ages.

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Bright Lights: Warriors 121 Knicks 107

Big City? Important audition?  Or did Don Nelson catch Private Stephen Jackson’s attention with his benching in Indiana? For whatever reason, Jack was back playing full bore last night. Certainly Nellie communicated strongly that he won’t leave Jack on the floor when he’s hurting the team. And if Jack wants a trade sooner rather than later, he knows he’ll need to play hard.

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Pre-Game Jitters

I will be guest-blogging my Warriors-Pacers recap at Golden State of Mind.  If you’re not already familiar with the GSoM blog, it’s one of my favorite sites for insightful and entertaining Warriors coverage.  Check those boys out, they’re good.

The Warriors will be catching the Pacers at a fortunate time. The Pacers are also down a couple of big men, in Jeff Foster and Troy Murphy, and like the Warriors have been going with a center and four smalls. Danny Granger has been battling a bruised heel, and his shooting is down to 39% so far this year. Granger has killed the Warriors in the past, and whether Stephen Jackson can hold him down is likely to decide the outcome of this game.

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Gift Horse: Warriors 146 Wolves 105

There are so many positive story lines to this victory I don’t know where to begin.

I’ll start with the most important:  How many times in your life have you seen an NBA team go with a lineup of a center and four point guards? At the start of the fourth quarter, the Warriors stepped out with Anthony Randolph, Monta Ellis, Stephen Curry and… Acie Law and CJ Watson.  And dominated the garbage time.  Thank you, Don Nelson.

You see, that’s one of the things I love about Don Nelson.  Something all those anhedonic haters out there will never get.  If you let him, he will entertain you.  He will make you laugh.  He’s crazy!

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Sacramental Offerings: Kings 120 Warriors 107

There are two things wrong with the Warriors.  Two very simple things without which they cannot be competitive in the NBA.

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Pre-Game Jitters

Will Don Nelson really start Stephen Jackson against Marcus Camby?  The 6-11″ Camby has been the Clippers’ starting power forward in the absence of Blake Griffin.  He doesn’t resemble Zach Randolph in any shape or form.  If Nellie does go with Jack at the 4, it will be a classic case of “Who will flinch first.”  The Clippers will presumably try to take advantage of the matchup, but it should be noted that Camby is not a post player.  He likes to drift around the elbows.  And Kaman will be clogging the post area.  The Warriors, of course, will be trying to run this big Clippers lineup off the court.  They better hope they hit some shots. They won’t be getting any rebounds.

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Phew!: Warriors 113 Memphis 105

Hey, the Warriors are on the board in ’09.  We can all breathe out now.

A large part of the credit for this win goes to Don Nelson.  His central conception of attacking Zach Randolph with Stephen Jackson and Corey Maggette was the difference in this game.  When Memphis went away from Randolph offensively in the second half, they were left with nothing but a terrible defender.  That’s how mismatches can win games.  That’s classic Don Nelson small-ball.

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Pre-Game Jitters

It’s three games into the season, and the Warriors are still looking for their first win.  The media and the fans are rumbling at the terrible play they’ve witnessed in the first two games, and if it continues into this game, at home against the woeful Grizzlies, that rumble will start growing into a roar.  It already feels like the Warriors are playing for something significant.

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Feltbot’s Prescription

Through the first two games, the Warriors have looked pretty crappy.  I’m not going to rehash everything I’ve already posted about that.  Here’s Private Jackson with a pithy summation: “I just think, like Coach said earlier, the first two games, we look like a team (on which) everyone’s playing for a contract and we’re not playing like a team. That’s all I can see.”

You can apply this statement to everyone on the team, if you like.  “Everyone must look at himself in the mirror,” and so on.  Certainly Corey Maggette has had a couple of stinkers.  But the Warriors don’t look to CM to do anything on the offensive end but score.  That’s his role.  To me, Jackson’s statement rests squarely on the shoulders of Monta Ellis.  He’s the player who’s had the ball in his hands the most often.  He’s the player who has taken the most shots.  He’s the player who has done an absolutely terrible job creating for his teammates.  He barely even looks at them.  And he’s the player who, when Curry has left the game and he has had sole responsibility at the point, has been leading the team over a cliff.  Monta Ellis is the biggest culprit for the Warriors’ obvious lack of chemistry.

What can Don Nelson do about this?  After some thought, I have decided that the solution lies in the lineups.  Nellie has a lot of pieces on this team, and he has been doing a lot of experimenting with how they should fit together.  I don’t think he’s found the right lineups yet.  My simple prescription for fixing the Warriors’ chemistry is this:

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Valley of the Sun: Suns 123 Warriors 101

Hmm… maybe that line wasn’t so ridiculous.

The Suns are clearly a much better team right now than the Warriors.  Yes, the Warriors got a horrible whistle in the first half, which makes it hard to win against anybody.  Yes, they shot 42%, which shouldn’t happen often.  Yes, they turned the ball over 22 times against a defense that is among the worst in the league, which is uncharacteristic.  And yes, it was a road game. But still it can’t be denied that the Suns were the far better team.

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