Saturday, November 8, 2008

Coach Nelson Beginning to Utilize the Bench

In the loss to the Grizzlies Saturday, we discovered there are jerseys under the shooting shirts of coach Nelson's bench. Anthony Randolf logged 17 minutes and Marcus Williams and Marco Belinelli played just under ten each. While it's encouraging to see Nelson show more confidence in the younger players, it is imperative to have Stephen Jackson or Andris Biedrins on the floor (preferably both) to lead this young group on the defensive side. The Warriors showed they can be easy to score on as O.J. Mayo singed them for 11 in the third quarter and the Grizzlies shot 60% in the second half.

If the W's don't play team defense, coach Nelson's philosophy is not effective. (No turnovers=no fastbreaks) The zone defense has looked good at times (against the Nuggets Wednesday), but frigid three point shooting has prevented the Warriors from pulling away down the stretch.

If the W's part with Harrington, they must get an athletic player that brings something to the fastbreak.

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