Monday, December 28, 2009

Warriors Beat Celtics at Oracle

Warriors vs. Celtics at Oracle. End of third quarter: GS 23, BOS18 in the 3rd
Wow! The Warriors came out strong in the third quarter for once. It's happened seldom this season, but the presence of Biedrins and Turiaf (which equals depth) kept the W's fresh.

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Final: Warriors 103, Celtics 99

The Warriors got win number nine over the Celtics, who are the class of the Eastern conference. Granted, the the Warriors caught the Celts on the second game of a back to back. The Celts lost last night to the Clippers and came into Oakland tired. They also played without Paul Pierce and Marquis Daniels.

Still, the Warriors deserve credit for their recent two game winning streak. When you can count the amount of wins on two hands, it's not hard to recall the few surges of momentum thus far. The first truly impressive win came Nov 20 at home against the Blazers. Not only did the Warriors beat a formidable Western opponent, but this game marked the launch of this Monta Ellis rocket that has taken off this year.

The biggest win of the year came Nov 24 against the Mavs. The Warriors played a six man rotation as the injured outnumbered the active. The Warriors left Dallas victorious reviving memories of the "WE BELIEVE" era.

Beating the Suns on Saturday created the momentum needed to beat the Celts tonight. In consecutive wins over the Suns and Celtics, the Warriors have gone with the strategy of allowing the opposing point guard to put up big numbers (Nash 36 points, Rondo 30 points 15 assists), while preventing featured big men to go off (Amare Stoudamire 8 points, Garnett 16).

It's finally time for the Warriors to have some success. They have played most of the season without a center, the return of Biedrins and Turiaf will take significant pressure off the over worked Warriors back court.

The Warriors have a majority of their games at home in January. With an excited home crowd combined with the interior defense and rebounding of a healthy front line, the Warriors have proven they can beat any team in the league. Part of me loves the Warriors playing good ball, I don't want them to win too may. Not to be negative, but the playoffs are out of the question and I cling to the fantasy of the Warriors winning the lottery and getting John Wall from Kentucky. Imagine the Warriors next year: The Iverson-like Ellis, more developed Curry, Randolph, Morrow and Watson, healthy Azubuike and Brandon Wright with a high first round pick....

As a Warriors fan, I have learned not to get my hopes up, so I will just appreciate the success of late.

Tomorrow, the Warriors play the Lakers at the Staples Center. The Lakers were crushed by the Cavs on Christmas and beat by the Suns tonight. The Warriors will face a disgraced and hungry Lakers squad. The biggest concern will be Pau Gasol, who owned the Warriors during the last meeting between these two teams, a non-competitive beat down the Lakers won by the score of 130-97.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Warriors Fall to Grizzlies at Memphis

If Zack Randolph scores over 30 points in a game, the Grizzlies will most likely win. If the Grizzlies played the Warriors every game, they would be the number one seed in the Western Conference.

The current team the Warriors shove onto the court is the second worse team in the West, third worse in the league. Warriors players have been quoted saying injury is no excuse, but it is. No Biendrins, Turiaf, or Azubuike hurts. Giving up Stephen Jackson for injured Raja Bell and Vladamir Radmonivic hurts. Watching the Warriors try to play basketball hurts.

Warriors fans are at their limit with rebuilding years. It's understandable to spend three to four years in the basement, draft some players for the future, inject some vets, and work toward getting into the playoffs. Some teams that followed this formula are the Atlanta Hawks, OKC Thunder, Portland Blazers, and the Kings have turned around nicely from last season.

Not the Warriors, who have been "rebuilding" 14 of the last 16 seasons, are once again paddling in circles.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Weak Warriors unwatchable, a poor product...again

The Warriors are down 25 points with 4:30 to go in the third quarter...and oh, another turnover on an offensive foul. The 76ers are in the midst of a 14-1 run, Iverson just got fouled.

Its 91-60 with 2:42 to go in the third quarter. The 76ers have outscored the pathetic, listless group of Warriors 20-3 in the second half.

This Warriors team is unwatchable. Literally, I'm listening on KNBR 1050 and I can hear the despair in Tim Roye's voice. Why should Warriors watch a team with no heart? The effort on defense is nonexistent. The careless decisions with the basketball are YMCA level. I would rater go watch a pick-up game than a bunch of lost boys get spanked by a mediocre NBA team in Philly.

Please, do not go out to Oracle. Don't buy the Hardwood Classic jersey. Don't give Chris Cohan any revenue. Make him sell our Warriors to someone who likes basketball, someone who will create a new culture that appeals to star players.

Warriors fans have endured enough awful basketball. We don't deserve another digression back into the dunce corner of pro hoops.

The third quarter against the 76ers just ended. 11 points for the Warriors.

Still Believe?

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Warriors take down the nets, everyone contributes

The Warriors beat the Nets in a should-win game against the NBA's worst team. The Nets entered the Wednesday night contest winning two out of their last three games and the Warriors nearly lost the game by underestimating this reeling New Jersey franchise.
The W's had a 74-54 lead midway into the third quarter, but a few turnovers gave the Nets momentum. By the end of the third quarter, the Warriors lead was cut to five points. Thanks to 13-0 run down the stretch, the Warriors put the game away led by some Monta Ellis breakaway layups and Mikki Moore dunks.
Scoring contributions from Stephen Curry in the first quarter and C.J. Watson in the second, brought balance to this team which has been overly reliant on Monta Ellis scoring 30 or more points per game. The Warriors had almost seven players score in double figures, as Vladamir Radmonavic scored nine. The Warriors made 23 team assists to 18 turnovers compared to the Nets 12 assists to 22 turnovers. The Warriors actual out-rebounded a team, edging the Nets 46-44 in total boards.

The Warriors showed a great balanced attack and got way out in front of a bad team. They made some mistakes that gave the Nets a chance to come back, miscues a better opponent would have capitalized on.
The Warriors next game is Friday against the Chicago Bulls, who are on a four game slide. The Bulls are one of the bottom three offensive teams in the league. A key to winning will be active defense to spark fast breaks because the Bulls can play decent half court defense. It will be interesting to see if the Warriors will continue to share the ball.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Warriors fall to OKC, Ellis needs support

The Warriors lost to the Thunder in Oklahoma City last night, the fourth consecutive loss for the struggling W's. Monta Ellis played every minute of the contest and tallied a game high 31 points. Ellis also made nine turnovers and took 28 of the teams 76 shots. Out of the available Warriors, Ellis is the only one that can get away with taking one third of the teams field goal attempts. Stephen Curry scored a career high 22 points, but the Warriors lost Correy Maggette via ejection in the third quarter and were without Anthony Morrow, who was attending a family member's funeral in North Carolina.

Monta Ellis is having no problem putting up 30 plus points every night, it's a shame the Warriors can't support their emerging superstar team mate. Golden State doesn't have a clear cut number two player. Correy Maggette and Anthony Morrow have been the two most capable players in helping Ellis shoulder the scoring burden. Maggette is averaging 15.5 points per game and Morrow 14.6. Steph Curry and C.J. Watson are also capable of scoring 20 plus points to help Ellis.

It would be nice to have a clear cut number two scorer, specifically a power forward like Amare Stoudamire or Carlos Boozer; Ellis needs a break or he's likely to break down. The Warriors are missing Andris Biedrins the most. Only on the Warriors would Mikki Moore get a starter's kind of run. If I have to watch him fumble another pass under the basket, I'm going to throw my remote at the T.V.

The Warriors play the second most injury plagued team Wednesday in the New Jersey Nets. The Nets have just one win in 20 games and are the lowest scoring team in the league averaging 87 points per contest. The Warriors should be able to reach the 120 point mark if Monta Ellis gets the help from Maggette, Morrow, or Curry.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Nelson returns to Warriors bench

The Warriors take on the Rockets at Oracle tonight and Don Nelson rejoins the team after missing the last five games recovering from pneumonia. There are plenty of people around the bay area who feel he should take more time to feel better. Like, forever.

Keith Smart did a fine job, working with the most injury stricken roster in the league. The Warriors beat Dallas and Indiana, but lost convincingly to the Spurs, Lakers, and Nuggets. The bright side of this dim period for the Warriors, is the recent play of Monta Ellis, who has looked like a young Allen Iverson, averaging 28 points per game over the past ten games. Ellis's upward spike in production occurring simultaneously with Nelson's departure to the infirmary. It looked like Ellis responded well to Keith Smart calling the plays.

With Monta Ellis scoring as well as anyone in the league, the double team is inevitable. The Warriors need to find a go-to scorer to consistently punish teams that double the Warriors best player. Anthony Morrow has proven himself a deadly perimeter shooter, but still has to polish his all-around game to be an every night threat. Stephen Curry has looked brilliant at times, but once in a few games he is learning more than producing.

The Warriors front line is completely wiped out. Two out of six low post players are available: Mikki Moore and Chris Hunter. I can't think of a more depleted roster than Golden State's. That doesn't mean the Warriors have an excuse to lose. When Monta Ellis is on fire like he has been lately, it only takes a 20 point game from another player to keep them in the game. Another key is limiting turnovers. If the opponent is going to out rebound the Warriors by 20, the W's need to get moretakeaways than turnovers and have more assists than the other team.

Expect Anthony Morrow to have 20 plus points if the Warriors beat the Rockets tonight.