Sunday, March 27, 2011

Warriors devour Eastern conference cupcakes

After a brutal trip through the Southwest, the Warriors were happy to get back to Oracle to play two of the weakest teams in the league. The Warriors obliterated the Raptors Mar. 25 and handled business against the Wizards, who have won one road game all season.

With eight games left, all of them against playoff teams (except versus Sacramento Apr. 10), what should we look for in this Warriors team?

The Warriors should be loose as there is nothing at stake for them. As of now, they are the fourth most improved team from last year going by total wins. The end of the season is near and many of the Warriors players would like to use this limited time to make final impressions and campaign for a roster spot or starting role next season.

Ekpe Udoh has proven to be one of the most important players on this team with the way he defends the rim. When Udoh is in the game, he gives the Warriors a legit shot blocker. Not only is Udoh on track to become an elite post defender, but he has shown a nice offensive skill set. He has a good understanding of making use of his pivot foot, he pump fakes, and can make a baby hook. Plus he can knock down the open fifteen foot jumper.

Andris Biedrins was a major disappointment this season and will likely miss the last eight games with an injured ankle. Perhaps the internal competition between he and Udoh for the starting center job next season will spark Biedrins to return to the productive big who averaged a double-double 2007 and 2008.

Dorell Wright has been a bright spot this year. I don't think Warriors fans knew he would be as good as he has shown to be. D-Wright is on pace to break Jason Richardson's single season franchise record for three point field goals. Wright is also talented enough to elevate his game when teams adapt to his three point shooting by utilizing the best pump fake in the NBA and driving. D-Wright could easily be the league's Most Improved Player.

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