Monday, April 13, 2009

Warriors Season Winding Down

With the major league baseball season underway and the Warriors just trying to finish out their schedule, it's safe to say that the focus around the bay area has shifted off of basketball!

But we're not going anywhere. The Warriors are still playing and they've actually been playing pretty good basketball of late, and it's no secret that they've done it with the return of Andris Biedrins. The W's have gone 4-2 in the month of April and a lot of that has to do with the play of the guards. Jamal Crawford has had a lot written about him since he's dawned the Blue and Gold, some bad, some good. The talk lately has been all good as the 29 year-old guard has averaged over 26 points and nearly 5 rebounds and assists per game in April. C.J. Watson has also gotten into the mix with Monta Ellis shelved with an injury and Watson put up a career night on Sunday vs. the Jazz. Watson finished with 38 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists.

As I said earlier in the post, Biedrins has returned to the lineup over the past few nights, and although he hasn't looked particularly comfortably yet, his return makes a ton of difference to this team. In the final 2 games on the schedule, I would love to see Biedrins and Randolph playing the front-court together full-time. The Warriors need to see if this combo is big and strong enough to match-up with the better front-courts in the game and now is a good time to do so. Randolph has finally seen his playing time spike since the end of March as he's really become a full-time starter over these last 3 weeks. The Warriors 19 year-old has averaged 14 points and 11 rebounds in his 9 starts since March 24th and he's been a huge reason why the Warriors are rebounding the basketball, and ultimately winning games. Randoph is the future, along with Biedrins and Ellis and it's good to see Nelly treating him as such...

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