Thursday, January 7, 2010

Warriors hold off T'Wolves 107-101

The Warriors avoided losing to the worst team in the Western conference, beating the T'Wolves 107-101, despite getting outscored 57-46 in the second half. The Warriors played an awful third quarter and would have lost to any other team in the West. The Warriors pulled ahead in the first half with a 31-9 run, but let the T'Wolves back in the game in the third quarter. Corey Maggette got things going when the offensive well of ran dry. Maggette got to the rim, made free throws, and hit midrange jumpers to give the Warriors separation.
Maggette had a game high 28 points, nine rebounds, and went 12-14 from the free throw line. Corey has averaged 24.7 points over the past 10 games, played like the Maggette the Warriors thought they signed in 2008, and helped take pressure off Monta Ellis (Monta is averaging 29.7 points per game).

I like the the line up of Ellis, Curry, Morrow, Maggette, and Biedrins, it's the essence of Don Nelson's basketball philosophy. Curry and Morrrow can spread the defense for Ellis and Maggette and Biedrins can rebound and work the pick and roll game.

The Warriors are home for most of January, but face some good teams. The next three games are against the Kings, Cavs, and Heat. Some Warriors fans are looking ahead on the calendar to the Jan. 29 game at Oracle. The Warriors take on the Bobcats and Stephen Jackson, who has done a resuscitation job similar to the one he did when he came to Oakland in 2006. It will be weird to see Jack in the Bobcats cantaloupe orange and I expect his response to the boo's will be a big game.

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