Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Warriors beat Clippers in pre-season opener

Basketball is back, as the Warriors took the floor at Oracle Arena for their first pre-season game, a 108-101 win over the Clippers.
Would Stephen Jackson get booed? Would Monta Ellis and Stephen Curry play together? Which role player would step up and show the most improvement?

Jackson received a mix of boos and cheers, but his quick scoring to start the game reminded the home crowd at Oracle he is still the go-to man. Just because Jackson is upset with management, he's not going to give less effort on the court. If anything he will play as well as he has in years. One reason is to showcase his value to potential teams, another to stick it to the Warriors front office. Jackson may not be the best thing for the Warriors future, but you can't say he doesn't leave his best effort on the court.

Ellis and Curry did not play together at any point in the contest and were not the most impressive Warriors, although Curry did have nine assists against three turnovers.

Anthony Morrow had the team high with 21 points and Kelenna Azubuike had 19 points and 10 rebounds.

Brandan Wright re-injured his left (shooting) shoulder in the game, an injury that happened last season in a game against the Lakers. Wright attempted to block a Pau Gasol dunk resulting in a separated left shoulder. Wright's injury is especially devastating to a Warriors team desperately in need of front court contributions. Coach Nelson said that Wright was having a better camp than Anthony Randolph. Perhaps this dilemma will light a fire under Larry Riley to move Jackson for a serviceable power forward and some draft picks. Azubuike looks like he could fill the small forward position nicely.

Warriors pre-season hits the road as the W's take on the defending champion Lakers tonight in Anaheim. No TV, no radio.

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