Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Warriors win second in a row, David Lee dominates

The Warriors have won two consecutive games against Western conference playoff teams in the Mavs and the Blazers. In both wins David Lee has played inspiring basketball. Lee scored 29 points and grabbed 20 rebounds against the Blazers and dominated the LaMarcus Aldridge match-up.

Lee, Monta Ellis, and Steph Curry combined for 87 of the Warriors 108 points. The Warriors dared the Blazers to make three pointers, but Portland struggled going 3-21 from long distance. The Blazers are not a good three point shooting group. Batum can make some, as can Wesley Matthews and Rudy Fernandez, but each of those players are streaky. The Warriors played good defense by contesting shots and forced Portland to take shots out of their comfort zones. When the Warriors get defensive stops, their confidence on offense is elevated.
No doubt the injury to Marcus Camby in the first quarter negatively affected the Blazers. During a Blazers offensive possession he was shoved by his team mate Rudy Fernandez into David Lee's legs. Lee was swept out by Camby's fall and incidentally landed on Camby's head and neck. He was diagnosed with a neck strain after the game. Hopefully Camby will be healthy for the playoffs, as he is an impact player on defense and the boards. Ekpe Udoh does a lot of good things that remind me of Camby, the 15 year veteran out of UMass. Both players have wiry strong builds, block shots, rebound, and inject energy into their respective group.
The Warriors look like they are having fun. They have build chemistry by implementing new players into the rotation, specifically in David Lee and Dorell Wright. There was good chemistry with this group and it should continue to develop this off season. Hopefully the Warriors can get lucky and pick up an impact draft pick to add depth.

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