Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Warriors beat T'Wolves 108-99, end seven game slide

The losing streak ends at seven. I didn't think I'd be typing those words as I watched the first quarter. The Warriors struggled to score against a bad defensive team and finished the first quarter with 17 points.

Every Warriors fan watching that first quarter was thinking the same thing. We can't lose to the T'Wolves! Psychologically it would be like two losses. After such a difficult stretch in the schedule, the Warriors needed to take advantage of playing a struggling team at Oracle. It seemed the Warriors took Minnesota lightly in that first quarter and forgot this is the NBA and every roster has people who are capable. The Warriors didn't get to their spots on the defensive end nor did they get the deflections that make them effective on defense.

In the second quarter, Monta Ellis put this team on his back. Ellis was the Warriors offense and his energy turned into a 12-0 run and ended in a 18-4 run to finish the second quarter. It's almost like Monta learned from what happened to him last night against D-Will of the Jazz. The elite play makers in the NBA can will their way to score no matter what the opposing team throws at them. Ellis proved again that he belongs on that list and finished with 34 points.

Once Ellis jump started the Warriors offense, Reggie Williams picked up the slack and contributed some big shots down the stretch. He finished with 26 points, 8-13 from the field, and 4-7 from three point range. The production of Reggie has been a bright spot in Steph Curry's absence. If Reggie can bring these performances off the bench when Curry returns, the Warriors will have the makings of a respectable second team.

A.C. Law showed he deserves to be a candidate for the back up point guard. His nine points don't tell the complete story of what he gave the Warriors tonight off the bench. Law doesn't shoot very well, but he brings physical tenacity, energy, and ability to create for his team mates. All qualities Keith Smart wants in a bench player.

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