Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Warriors win two straight, beat Mavs in Dallas

Since the operation to remove a malignant Stephen Jackson tumor, the Warriors have played their best basketball of the season and have two back to back wins to show for it. The improbable success of late is enhanced by the overcoming of injuries and illness.
Monta Ellis has been the man in the last two games, scoring over 30 points in both contests. Don Nelson praised Ellis's defense on Brandan Roy and said it was the best defensive performance Nelson had seen of Ellis. The lack of available bench players leaves Warriors coaches no choice, but to give minutes to Anthony Randolph, Anthony Morrow, and Stephen Curry. If not for the abundance of injury, Nelson would not give the young players big minutes. It's nice to see the Warriors develop a bright future.

Every Warriors fan who watched or listened to the Warriors upset the Mavs last night, couldn't help but smirk. It was sweet deja vous to send Nowitski and rowdy Dallas fans home with that sour, familiar taste in their mouths. Could a win over the Mavs on the road be a symbol for better times to come? Monta Ellis is hot, Morrow is shooting the lights out from three, and Curry showed he can be clutch in the final minutes of a big game. The Warriors put together a big run at the end, made possible by solid defensive rebounding.

After the last two games, I'm convinced the Warriors could beat the Spurs. It's more improbable than beating the Blazers or the Mavs on the road, but who predicted those wins. Certainly not any of the Bay Area skeptics and certainly not me. The Warriors will need to cut back on the turnovers if they hope to contend with the Spurs.

I hope Nelson gets well, but it will be intriguing to see how Keith Smart runs the team, as he could very well inherit head coaching responsibilities before season's end.

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