Friday, April 3, 2009

Warriors Beat Kings in OT

Somehow the Warriors pulled out a win against the Western Conference's worst team, the Sacramento Kings. The Warriors were without Stephen Jackson, Andris Biedrins, Marco Belinelli, Brandon Wright, and Correy Maggette left the game early with post concussion symptoms. Monta Ellis scored early and often, swooping to the rim and pulling up and nailing mid range jumpers. He finished with 42, a new career high.

The Warriors played no perimeter defense, made stupid choices with the ball on offense, and committed several foolish fouls. The Kings did the same, only with more frequency. Kevin Martin went to the free throw line 26 times and made 23. The youthful inexperience of the Warriors was apparent in the amount of technicals called, simply by arguing calls not worth arguing. Chants of "ref you suck" echoed to the roof of Oracle Arena for the second consecutive game. It's not the ref that has a problem, it's the young Warriors team that still must earn the respect of the NBA and it's officials. Teams are packing the lane, forcing the Warriors to settle for outside jump shots, which the W's often fall into. These opponents then rebound the missed attempts, walk the ball up the court, and proceed to put together big runs. The Warriors still try to drive into the lane and force contact. Maybe there's a little contact, maybe not; but you still have to get up and get back on defense.

The Warriors got lucky in beating the Kings, surviving a 50 point night by Kevin Martin. It was the King's turnover problems that gave the Warriors a chance to eek past an equally struggling opponent. These to teams meet again Sunday at Arco. The W's will have to play smarter and play with intensity for more than just the fourth quarter if they expect to beat a hungry Kings team on their home floor.

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