Sunday, January 11, 2009

Warriors Edge Pacers in a Nail Biter

The Warriors survived a 42 performance by Danny Granger, who has emerged as an elite offensive NBA player and legitimate 'Warrior Killer', to defeat the Pacers 120-117. The Warriors shot the ball well tonight, as they did last night in the disappointing loss to the Blazers. Last night, lack of defensive rebounding cost the game and tonight it was an abundance of sloppy turnovers that allowed the game to be a nail-biting finish.

After a poor showing last night, Anthony Randolf brought the Warriors back into the game with energetic rebounding and defense. Randolf made good decisions with the ball and it was obvious he was playing within himself. Coach Nelson is running out of excuses to keep Randolf on the bench, especially with the sudden barrage of injuries that have recently hit the W's. Brandan Wright's shoulder, Jackson's hammy, Belinelli's ankle, and Monte is still day to day.

It's nice to see the Warriors come out on top of an exciting finish in front of the best fans in the NBA. If the W's are in the game in the final minutes at Oracle, the crowd will always give the Warriors the advantage regardless of the opponent.

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