It goes down as a loss in the records, but the Warriors should be proud of how they played against the Celts. They played scrappy and survived early Celtics runs and played a terrific second quarter, out scoring Boston 39-19. Every Warrior that played contributed in some way, specifically Maggette and Jack getting 32 and 30, respectively. Unfortunately for the Warriors, four out five Celtics starters scored 20 or more points and Boston closed out the game with stout defense, showing they are still NBA elite.
The game tonight in Cleveland couldn't have been more disappointing after such a great effort in Boston. The W's left the gate quickly and finished the first quarter ahead 32-29, but lost momentum after Stephen Jackson re-injured his left hand by reaching in on Ilgauskas and had to come out of the game. Again, a serious lack of energy allowed another Warriors opponent to inflate a large lead through easy points via offensive boards, made possible by dribble penetration. When the Warriors have success, its always going to be defensive effort that fuels the fire. I hate to make excuses, but traveling to Cleveland was a cruel back track before closing the trip in New York against the Knicks, not to mention it was the day after Thanksgiving. Also, expect Jamal Crawford to shoot better as he gets a feel for Don Nelson's offense and gets comfortable with his new squad. He looks like he's been forcing some things which is normal when a guy first comes to a new team, but he should be fine.