Just like that, all of the suspense went out of a potential playoff matchup between the Warriors and Grizzlies. The Grizz have no chance against this Warriors squad. None, nada. As I tweeted in the fourth quarter, the only thing Grizzlies fans have left to look forward to this season is the final fall of the guillotine in the playoffs.
The media storyline will be that the Warriors have a strong enough and deep enough front line to neutralize the Grizzlies’ greatest strength. And the Warriors have Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, and the Grizzlies don’t. That’s all very true, and a good summary of the situation.
But let’s take a deeper look. There are a number of very interesting reasons why the Grizzlies can’t possibly match up against the Warriors, that I doubt will ever get mentioned by the major media: Continue reading
The media storyline of this Cavaliers win over the Warriors: Curry and Klay bad shooting nights, LeBron unstoppable.
My storyline: Steve Kerr made it so. Continue reading
The Warriors are a ridiculous 40-9 at the moment, and will likely enter the All-Star break at an even more ridiculous 42-9. And judging from the comments I’m getting on this blog and on Twitter, the consensus among the fans is that if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Continue reading
Posted in Golden State Warriors, Recaps, Steve Kerr, Trade Speculation
Tagged Al Horford, D, David Lee, Draymond Green, Harrison Barnes, Klay Thompson, Mike Budenholzer, Stephen Curry, Steve Kerr
The Warriors played triangle virtually every possession of the second unit in this game, with David Lee in the mid-post. Lee almost never looked at the basket after receiving the ball, instead looking for cutters and open shooters. 7 assists in 16 minutes. Those shots he did take were unassisted — he had to create for himself, usually out of the post. This might help explain to some why Lee scored only two points on four shots. Continue reading
And the dawn comes up like thunder outer China crost the Bay. — Rudyard Kipling
Somewhere in the middle of this game I became convinced that the Warriors are a championship contender. I’ve known for some time that they had the players — I called their roster the best in the Western Conference before last season. But I’ve never had the confidence that they had the right coach, and the right basketball philosophy, to get deep into the playoffs. Until right now. Continue reading
The Lakers got the best Christmas present they could possibly wish for in this game against the Warriors: the absence of Kobe Bryant. Could there be any more stark indication of what a bad player Kobe is now? Utterly inefficient. Utterly selfish. A willful and unrepentant destroyer of his team’s offensive chemistry. An indifferent destroyer of his team’s defense (he hasn’t competed on that end in years). It was fascinating to watch the Lakers play like a team on both ends, and I for one was amazed at how the worst defensive team in the league could look for one night like one of the best. Maybe they are one of the best, with Ed Davis in for Boozer, and Wayne Ellington in for Kobe? Wesley Johnson is no slouch — ask Harrison Barnes. Continue reading
Frenchy: “Get out before I kill you!”
Destry: “You mean you ain’t been trying?”
– Destry Rides Again
There are some games in an NBA schedule that just can’t be won. And an 11:00 a.m. start on a road game in Texas, playing in a different system than you’re used to, against one of the league’s hottest teams, would seem to be one of them. I’ll confess I wasn’t high on the Warriors chances before this game, to put it mildly. So the fact that the Warriors dominated made a real statement to me. Continue reading
“Who am I?” — Jason Bourne
Only reason I’m choosing to recap this game, or indeed this road trip, is that it’s been awhile, and I have some free time. The Warriors weren’t really tested on this trip, against some truly godawful teams. I don’t think it’s even possible for the bottom of the East to be worse than it is this season. Continue reading
I always used to say that losing Andrew Bogut’s services made Mark Jackson a better coach. With Steve Kerr, however, the opposite appears to be true. If you ask me, Kerr almost got the Warriors beat in a game they should have controlled. Continue reading
The amateur GM of the Warriors has given his rookie coaches a lot of difficult puzzles to solve over the years. Veritable Rubik’s Cube rosters of mismatched pieces, that Keith Smart and Mark Jackson struggled to color coordinate. One-way defensive centers who were poor offensive partners for one of the most talented pick and roll point guards to ever play (The Kwame Brown Era, Bogut, Ezeli). Backup power forwards who weren’t power forwards (Lou Amundson, Jeremy Tyler, Jermaine O’Neal, Mo Speights). Defensive wings who couldn’t shoot the three (Dominic McGuire, the rookie Green), or actually defend (the rookie Barnes). Backup point guards who couldn’t shoot the three (the rookie Jeremy Lin, Ish Smith, Acie Law, Charles Jenkins, and yes, Shaun Livingston), or run the team (Charles Jenkins, Nate Robinson, Tony Douglas, Kent Bazemore, Jordan Crawford), or both. Continue reading
Posted in Golden State Warriors, Joe Lacob, Steve Kerr
Tagged Andre Iguodala, Andrew Bogut, David Lee, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson, Leandro Barbosa, Marreese Speights, Shaun Livingston, Stephen Curry, Steve Kerr