Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Rockets thump Warriors 119-97

As predicted, the Warriors lost in Houston, a season sweep for the Rockets. The Rockets jumped out to a huge lead, scoring 39 in the first quarter. The Warriors trailed by as much as 21 in the first half, but Monta Ellis caught fire in the second quarter. The Warriors (or Ellis) fought to get within one point before the half.

The Warriors played a pathetic third quarter per usual. At the end of the third quarter, Ellis was the only Warriors player in double figures with 34. With under 11:00 to go in the fourth quarter, the Rockets led 85-69, Monta's 34 totalled half of the Warriors points.

The recently named rookie of the month in January, Stephen Curry had a rough shooting night, going 6-18. Correy Maggette did not play and it showed in the lack free throw attempts with 15. The Warriors front line contributed nothing. Is Biedrins still hurt? Why did he and Roni have to play in that stupid Eurobasket tourny? It's hurting their performance of their regular jobs. Anthony Tolliver looked like he didn't belong in the D-League, let alone the NBA. He went 2-8, scored 4 points, grabbed a measly rebound, and generally wasted space.

Ellis left the game for good at the 9:18 mark in the fourth quarter and finished with a game high 34 points.

Tomorrow night the Warriors play the Mavs, who are hungry to avenge the embarrassment of losing to a Warriors team that played a 6 man rotation. I don't know how a team could have less energy, but we will see what that looks like tomorrow.

The Warriors have lost six straight and it's not going to stop before the All-Star break. The injury problems, the D-League craze, and all the rest of the excuses are old...

As Tim Roye says, the rest of the season is stat time...or garbage time.

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