Monday, March 24, 2008

W's Blow 26 Point Lead, Yet Survive

No!...Yes! That's what Warriors fans were thinking when Stephen Jackson launched the first of two ice cold three point makes on the last two possessions of the game against the Lakers on Easter Sunday.

The W's proved again why they are the most excited team to watch in the NBA. They couldn't have played any better in the first half as they went into the locker room with a 23 point lead. They finished the half with a 13-0 run. Jackson went 4-4 beyond the arc in the first quarter and turned the Lakers over to get 25 points off the fast break.

If the first half was night, then the second half was day (or actually the third quarter) as a determined Laker team came out and played gritty defense. The Warriors fell into a pattern of settling for easy jumpers that didn't fall, lacked motion in the half court offense, let Derrick Fisher go 3-4 from three, and only scored 15 points.

The game was eventually drew even with about six minutes left and the W's picked their game back up and made some plays. The most crucial were the two three pointers by Stack Jack to close the deal. I don't think I've ever seen a player quite like Stephen Jack. He can be very hot or very cold during the course of the game, but when it comes down to the final minute, find him. He's got no conscience and believes in himself. Jack is a gambler, but has proven over and over, since winning a championship with San Antonio in 03', that there is no shot too big.

These teams will rematch tonight, this time at Oracle. It doesn't get any more playoff like than this. If the Playoffs started now, the Lakers would be the #1 seed and the Warriors would be #8. Get out the gold "We Believe' T's because things are looking a lot like last season. As Barnett says, the Warriors are "very capable" of taking two straight from the Lakers.

Briefly...Nowitski will probably miss the game at Oracle Sun. 3/30 with his left leg injury suffered against the Spurs. Sorry Dirk, but thanks.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

3-1 is not bad for the road trip to the Southeastern part of the country. Disapointing was the loss the the Bobcats, as the beloved J Rich singed the W's for 42 points. Harrington had only 6 points that game which is not enough. Harrington is a barometer for the GS offense. If Harrington can give the W's 20 points, there is a good chance they will win. Impressive was the win in Orlando on the second day of back to back games. The play of Mickael Pietrus has no doubt been a factor in Warriors winning ways. He is playing for a contract, so whether he comes back or not, he will be trying to show reason for GM's to give him a look. Thats just fine as long as it translates to helping the W's win games.

The Warriors exercised the option in Don Nelson's contract to bring him back next year. Should he accept, Nelly will make over 5 mil. Warrior fans most likely won't get an answer until summer as Nelly will consult his wife, Baron Davis, Stephen Jackson, and the rest of the team. (SF Chronicle, David White, Mar. 12, 2008)

Tonight the W's have Toronto at home and tomorrow travel to Phoenix to take on the Suns.

Monday, March 3, 2008

Warriors take first of two against Portland

Beating the Blazers yesterday was necessary to avoid being on the short end of a tie breaker if the Blazers were to catch up. by season's end. The two losses to the Blazers happened in Portland to a talented young team playing with confidence in a friendly environment. During the Blazers' 13 game win streak in January, most of the success came at home. The Blazers are tremendously talented, but lack experience. This youth shows in the disparity between their stellar play at home and anxiousness when closing out on the road. Steve Blake missed two critical free throws down the stretch and the Blazers offense was obviously bothered by the noise level at Oracle.

Brandan Wright has stepped in nicely for Biedrins and made a strong campaign for Coach Nelson's trust. Wright is earning experience and will hopefully stay in the rotation when Biedrins returns.