Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Warriors drop close one to Heat, 35 points for Wade

Give the Warriors credit for almost winning a tough game, without Monta Ellis or Andris Biedrins. (Truthfully, the W's would be non-competitive without Steph Curry) Credit to the Warriors for playing with heart and competing 48 minutes, unlike the Knicks, who quit and lay down when the game gets out of hand. The Warriors were in position to win this game if they made a few plays down the stretch. Morrow missed a three that would have put the W's up one with under a minute remaining. With 8 seconds in the game, Jermaine O'Neill missed two free throws, leaving the door open as the Warriors had the ball, down two points with 8 seconds remaining in the game. On the following possession, Turiaf set a high pick for Curry, but fumbled Curry's zipped pass as he rolled to the basket, thus ending any comeback hopes.

The opportunities to win were there.

The Heat should be concerned about making it into the playoffs, as they had lost four previous games without superstar Dwayne Wade, and needed all of Wade's 35 points, 12 assists, 6 rebounds, and 4 steals to eek out a win over a group of D-League All-Stars. No disrespect to the players on the Warriors roster, including the latest call up Reggie Williams, who made solid contributions in his first NBA game going for 10 points on 4/7 shooting, 2-2 from three point range, along with 5 assists and 5 rebounds. The Heat are obviously a superior team to the lowly Warriors, but Miami showed a lack of maturity by trying to cruise through the game. Michael Beasley is ultra talented, but he lacks the attitude to be a professional on a team that goes deep into the playoffs. (opposite of a Jerry Sloan, Greg Papavich, or Phil Jackson player)...Like the Knicks, the heat are a team that will undergo a complete off-season makeover after the season is done. Like the Warriors, Heat fans and some players are thinking ahead to next season.

The Warriors chances to beat the Magic in Orlando tonight are slim to none, as they (along with most of the league) have no answer for Dwight Howard and play poor perimeter (and all-around) defense. The Warriors will face two former "We Believers" in Matt Barnes and Mikael Pietrus. Tip off at 4:00 P.M. Pacific.

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