Monday, January 4, 2010

Warriors play Nuggets tuesday

The Warriors began the new year with a loss on the road to the Blazers, who suited the league minimum eight players. The Warriors played three solid games leading up to the Portland contest, beating the Suns, Celtics, and took the Lakers down to the wire.

Against Portland, the Warriors exploded in the first quarter scoring 41 points, the most by any team against the Blazers this year.

Don Nelson openly criticized his "smalls" for allowing Portland's backcourt do whatever they wanted. (Outside of Monta Ellis, of course, who scored 30 points) The final three quarters of the Portland loss were ugly, but not a reason to think the recent success is a fluke. The Blazers were embarrassed losing to the W's earlier in the year, especially Brandon Roy.

The Warriors ran into a hungrier Blazers team. Sometimes a rotation of eight guys can find a good chemistry and play better than a 10 or 11 man rotation. (Example: the W's upset the Mavs in Dallas with six bodies earlier this year)

The next game is against the Nuggets at Denver Tuesday Jan. 5. The last game against the Nugs on Dec. 1 was ugly, as the Nuggets dominated a Warriors team without Biedrins or Turiaf. The Nuggets seem to match up favorably against the W's, but I expect the game to be closer this time around.
Bad news: the Warriors play the second game of a back to back Wednesday

Good news: That game is against the T'Wloves

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