Monday, April 20, 2009

Warriors Go Out With A Loss

The Warriors ended their season with the same result they've had 53 other times this year; with a loss. However this team wasn't at full strength for most of the second half of the season and played the year out with reserves getting starters minutes.

Instead of Monta Ellis, Andris Biedrins and Stephen Jackson, fans were relegated to watching C.J. Watson, Kellena Azubuike and Ronny Turiaf run the Warriors' show. It wasn't such a bad thing though. This team wasn't going to the playoffs and they got a chance to asses some of the talent on the roster. These young players like Anthony Randolph, C.J. Watson and Anthony Morrow really showed that they need to have steady roles on this team going forward. Morrow really shined in the season finale vs. the Suns (Phoenix Suns Schedule), leading the Warriors with 33 points, 12 boards and a couple assists. I don't think Morrow, Watson and Azubuike are ever going to be full-time starters on a good basketball team, but I do they've shown what they're capable of and certainly should be included in the rotation next season, even with everyone at full-strength.

Stay tuned for our full Warriors season review post coming in a few days, but I could basically sum the Warriors season up in one word: Injuries. Monta Ellis missed half the year with that freak moped accident over the summer, and the teams veterans, Stephen Jackson and Corey Maggette couldn't stay healthy and on the court together at the same time. Even Andris Biedrins, who'd been a staple of consistent health throughout his first few years in the league, missed a bunch of games due to injuries. The Warriors won't be this bad next year, believe me, and now that they're going into their first off-season, knowingly, without Baron Davis (who spurned them for his hometown Clippers (LA Clippers Schedule) in the middle of last-summer), it should be interesting to see how Mullin goes about business.

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