Sunday, January 20, 2008

Warriors Stay Hot Through Freezing Temperatures

As the All-Star game approaches, Baron Davis has been making a strong campaign for a much deserved place on the Western Conference roster. Baron has found his three point stroke going 6 of 8 beyond the arc against the Bulls in a season high 40 point night. He has improved his free throw shooting not missing any in the last two games in Chicago and Milwaukee. Minus the disappointing loss in Indiana on Jan. 16, the W's would have swept this last four game road trip. That loss at Indiana was an important lesson, however; lighting a fire beneath the Warriors. It is obvious this 2007-2008 team has terrific chemistry and are meshing together as individuals on and off the court. This year's team is better than the "We Believers" of last year, but also improved is the Western Conference as a whole.

Don Nelson has continues to show why he is a Hall-of-Fame coach by making the absolute most of the players on his roster. Last night, against the Bucks, the bench had a different look than usual. Matt Barnes, Austin Croshere, and Mikael Pietrus did not play. Patrick O'Bryant gave the Warriors a solid seven and a half minutes and was very effective against Bucks big man Andrew Bogut. Kosta Perovic, the 7'2" rookie center from Serbia, gave the Warriors six and a half minutes and scored twice and offensive rebounds. This front line support left Andrins Biedrins enough energy to put up 20 points and 10 rebounds in 33 minutes. Biedrins was the second leading scorer to Al Harrington, who shot the leather off the ball in the third quarter. Harrington finished with 27 points, 15 from converted three pointers.

The road has been the stage for the bench to show what they can bring to this playoff contending Warrior team. C.J. Watson is starting to look like he can make good decisions with the ball on offense, but will he be ready to spell Baron in the second half of a Playoff game? Will Patrick O'Bryant and Perovic be effective against the dangerous Western Conference front lines? There are some tough customers: Duncan, Boozer, Stoudamire, Chandler, Bynum...Don Nelson will be providing opportunities, we'll see who can give the Warriors what they need.

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