Saturday, November 29, 2008


C.J. Watson is having a very good week shooting the ball

MVW: C.J. Watson

The Good
C.J. Watson: 24 min, 6-7 fg, 1-2 3pt, 4-4 ft, 3 reb, 2 ast, 2 stl, 17 pts
Jamal Crawford: 35 min, 5 reb, 6 ast, 1 stl, 15 pts
Brandan Wright: 20 min, 3-5 fg, 4 reb, 2 stl, 1 blk, 8 pts
Anthony Randolph: 17 min, 7 reb, 2 blk, 6 pts
Stephen Jackson: 24 min, 7-8 ft, 6 reb, 3 ast, 1 blk, 11 pts
Rob Kurz: 8 min, 2 blk

The Bad
Jamal Crawford: 25 min, 5 to
Kelenna Azubuike: 20 min, 3-8 fg, -15 +/-
Stephen Jackson: 24 min, 2-11 fg, 3 to, -18 +/-

The Ugly
Corey Maggette: 32 min, 3-11 fg, 2 reb, 0 ast, 2 to, -26 +/-

Best and Worst +/-
Rob Kurz: +11
Corey Maggette: -26

Team Statistics
Warriors : Cavaliers
pts - 111 : 119
fg - 33-83 (.398) : 43-92 (.467)
ft - 27-33 (.818) : 17-23 (.739)
3p - 4-16 (.250) : 9-25 (.360)
reb - 42 : 52
oreb - 11 : 16
ast - 13 : 22
to - 13 : 14
stl - 10 : 9
bs - 9 : 5
fast break pts - 24 : 15
pts in paint - 28 : 50

Popcorn Machine's Gameflow

Warriors lost all control in the 3rd Quarter

  1. starting lineup: Crawford, Jackson, Maggette, Wright, Biedrins
  2. Maggette is a one-trick pony; if he's not scoring, he's not helping in any other ways; he has the strength and athleticism to be a good rebounder, but he does not have the desire; very frustrating watching him out there trying to score vs. LeBron and others; does not seem to be getting the foul calls he used to get in Clippers
  3. Jackson got injured early but returned; made a comment about no one passing the ball after the game - hope he realizes he was one of the main culprits
  4. C.J. Watson had another great shooting game coming off the bench; would like to see more assists, but he has been a bright spot the last couple of games on this dismal road trip
  5. Crawford looked pretty good; shot well and is starting to look more comfortable in the offense; his defensive effort was pathetic in transition - this is to be expected but should not be tolerated by Nelson; bring in a defensive guru to change the culture of the team
  6. if you're going to go small ball, you better utilize your quickness and activity on the defensive end - harass, anticipate, deflect, switch hard, fight screens, box out and attack the boards; Maggette does not fit in as an acceptable PF in Nellieball - not enough effort
  7. good to see Wright start, but Nellie still wants to revert back to small ball even though they are getting killed on the glass every night; we don't have the dominant PG or good enough rebounding smalls to make it work - you can't force it
  8. Randolph starts the 3rd Q, but Jackson and Maggette dominate the ball; 1 reb, 1 blk in his 5 min. stint; taken out and Warriors fall deeper into the hole
  9. Watson/Belinelli/Morrow/Randolph/Wright start the 4th w/ Kurz playing 8 min and Crawford 5 min. - outscore Cavs bench 29 to 18
  10. Belinelli deserves longer stints - he's shooting well and giving good effort on defense; Morrow needs to get his aggressiveness back and quit defering to others or trying to drive when he has an open shot
  11. Jackson plays 25 min and Maggette 32 min - should be good to go vs. Harrington and the Knicks; Jackson and Maggette need to share the ball; Maggette needs to do more than just be a scorer; Nellie has to insert other younger, more energizing options if Jackson and Maggette aren't playing efficiently

Crawford had his first solid game as a Warrior

Postgame Quotes

Stephen Jackson
On The Cavs:
"They have everything they need in that starting lineup and they're starting to put all the pieces together."

On Today's Game:
"We aren't passing the ball. When you share the ball, good things happen. When everybody is out there for (themselves), you don't win like that.''

Cavaliers vs Warriors November 28th 2008


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Warriors' losing streak reaches 5 - Janny Hu
Cavs throttle Warriors to remain unbeaten at home - The Sports Network

Next Game
Saturday, November 29 - 4:30 PM
Radio: KNBR 680

Friday, November 28, 2008


James Harden: Arizona St. 78, Baylor 87
34 min, 9-17 fg, 4-6 3pt, 10-13 ft, 3 off, 9 reb, 3 ast, 3 to, 3 stl, 0 blk, 4 pf, 32 pts

Tyler Smith
: Tennessee 90, Georgetown 78
38 min, 6-12 fg, 0-0 3pt, 9-10 ft, 2 off, 2 reb, 4 ast, 4 to, 1 stl, 0 blk, 2 pf, 21 pts

Greg Monroe: Tennessee 90, Georgetown 78
27 min, 5-6 fg, 0-0 3pt, 5-9 ft, 1 off, 3 reb, 1 ast, 1 to, 2 stl, 0 blk, 3 pf, 15 pts

Kyle Singler: Duke 95, Duquesne 72
23 min, 6-12 fg, 2-6 3pt, 3-4 ft, 2 off, 7 reb, 4 ast, 1 to, 3 stl, 0 blk, 1 pf, 17 pts

Blake Griffin: Oklahoma 87, Purdue 82
40 min, 5-14 fg, 0-0 3pt, 8-13 ft, 8 off, 21 reb, 3 ast, 2 to, 2 stl, 3 blk, 3 pf, 18 pts

Jeff Teague: Wake Forest 82, UTEP 79
33 min, 7-14 fg, 2-4 3pt, 13-16 ft, 0 off, 3 reb, 6 ast, 4 to, 1 stl, 2 blk, 3 pf, 29 pts

Al-Farouq Aminu: Wake Forest 82, UTEP 79
32 min, 5-7 fg, 0-1 3pt, 5-7 ft, 1 off, 8 reb, 3 ast, 2 to, 1 stl, 1 blk, 2 pf, 15 pts

Austin Daye: Gonzaga 81, Maryland 59
27 min, 7-11 fg, 0-2 3pt, 3-4 ft, 0 off, 10 reb, 0 ast, 3 to, 1 stl, 3 blk, 4 pf, 17 pts

Patrick Mills: St. Mary's 79, CSU Fullerton 54
34 min, 9-23 fg, 3-9 3pt, 0-0 ft, 0 off, 1 reb, 6 ast, 0 to, 2 stl, 0 blk, 0 pf, 21 pts

Jonny Flynn: Syracuse 73, Virginia 70
39 min, 4-9 fg, 0-2 3pt, 7-11 ft, 0 off, 1 reb, 6 ast, 2 to, 1 stl, 1 blk, 0 pf, 15 pts

DeMar DeRozan: USC 70, Tenn-Martin 43
28 min, 6-10 fg, 0-0 3pt, 0-0 ft, 0 off, 3 reb, 1 ast, 4 to, 1 stl, 1 blk, 1 pf, 12 pts


Jeff Teague: Wake Forest 75, CSU Fullerton 69
36 min, 9-17 fg, 4-6 3pt, 2-4 ft, 0 off, 3 reb, 2 ast, 4 to, 0 stl, 0 blk, 3 pf, 24 pts

Tyler Smith: Tennessee 78, Siena 64
23 min, 5-10 fg, 0-1 3pt, 4-6 ft, 1 off, 4 reb, 2 ast, 4 to, 0 stl, 0 blk, 3 pf, 14 pts

Scottie Hopson: Tennessee 78, Siena 64
21 min, 2-5 fg, 1-1 3pt, 0-0 ft, 1 off, 3 reb, 1 ast, 2 to, 0 stl, 0 blk, 3 pf, 5 pts

Greg Monroe
: Georgetown 58, Wichita 50
29 min, 3-6 fg, 0-0 3pt, 5-6 ft, 0 off, 4 reb, 1 ast, 1 to, 2 stl, 3 blk, 5 pf, 11 pts

Al-Farouq Aminu: Wake Forest 75, CSU Fullerton 69
32 min, 6-9 fg, 1-2 3pt, 1-7 ft, 0 off, 7 reb, 2 ast, 3 to, 1 stl, 0 blk, 2 pf, 14 pts

Austin Daye: Gonzaga 83, Oklahoma St. 71
20 min, 4-7 fg, 2-5 3pt, 0-1 ft, 0 off, 7 reb, 1 ast, 3 to, 2 stl, 3 blk, 3 pf, 10 pts

James Harden: Arizona St. 84, Charlotte 56
34 min, 2-5 fg, 0-2 3pt, 11-11 ft, 1 off, 4 reb, 2 ast, 5 to, 1 stl, 0 blk, 2 pf, 15 pts

Wednesday, November 26, 2008


Damion James: Texas 70, Oregon 57
32 min, 9-11 fg, 1-2 3pt, 2-3 ft, 4 off, 12 reb, 0 ast, 1 to, 1 stl, 2 blk, 2 pf, 21 pts

Blake Griffin: Oklahoma 77, UAB 67
38 min, 11-14 fg, 0-0 3pt, 10-14 ft, 4 off, 15 reb, 3 ast, 6 to, 1 stl, 0 blk, 3 pf, 32 pts

Tyler Hansbrough: North Carolina 102, Notre Dame 87
30 min, 13-19 fg, 1-2 3pt, 7-7 ft, 3 off, 5 reb, 0 ast, 2 to, 0 stl, 2 blk, 1 pf, 34 pts

Ty Lawson: North Carolina 102, Notre Dame 87
29 min, 7-10 fg, 1-2 3pt, 7-7 ft, 0 off, 6 reb, 11 ast, 1 to, 2 stl, 0 blk, 2 pf, 22 pts

Luke Harangody: North Carolina 102, Notre Dame 87
27 min, 6-12 fg, 0-0 3pt, 1-2 ft, 3 off, 7 reb, 2 ast, 2 to, 0 stl, 3 blk, 1 pf, 13 pts


Stephen Jackson had his most efficient night this season

MVW: Stephen Jackson

The Good
Stephen Jackson: 45 min, 11-18 fg, 3-4 3pt, 5 reb, 6 ast, 3 stl, 1 blk, 30 pts
Corey Maggette: 37 min, 12-20 fg, 4 reb, 32 pts
Andris Biedrins: 42 min, 4-9 fg, 9 reb, 4 ast, 2 bs
C.J. Watson: 16 min, 4-4 fg, 2-2 ft, 10 pts
Jamal Crawford: 37 min, 6-6 ft, 6 reb, 6 ast, 18 pts
Ronny Turiaf: 22 min, 5 bs

The Bad
Corey Maggette: 37 min, 1 ast, 4 to
Kelenna Azubuike: 23 min, 0-3 fg, 2 reb, 1 ast, 5 pts
Ronny Turiaf: 22 min, 2 reb
Anthony Randolph: 1 min
Anthony Morrow: DNP-CD

The Ugly
Jamal Crawford: 37 min, 5-17 fg, 2-8 3pt, 4 to

Best and Worst +/-
C.J. Watson: +4
Jamal Crawford: -17

Team Statistics
Warriors : Celtics
pts - 111 : 119
fg - 39-79 (.494) : 41-87 (.471)
ft - 26-33 (.788) : 32-36 (.889)
3p - 7-19 (.368) : 5-14 (.357)
reb - 34 : 47
oreb - 7 : 13
ast - 21 : 21
to - 11 : 11
stl - 6 : 4
bs - 8 : 7
fast break pts - 21 : 20
pts in paint - 38 : 66

Box Score

Corey Maggette turned in his best performance as a Warrior


  1. starting lineup: Crawford/Jackson/Maggette/Wright/Biedrins
  2. can't really complain too much about the Warriors' effort vs. the NBA Champs; better rebounding, hit free throws, hustled for loose balls and played tough defense in long stretches; close game - entertaining game
  3. they showed how moving the ball and playing scramble defense could help you beat any team on any given night
  4. a number of bad calls and no-calls went against the Warriors; Randolph's blocks were pretty clean - 2 fouls in 1 min, did not return; Warriors hacked and no fouls called; refs gave Celtics the benefit of the doubt tonight
  5. Jackson got frustrated on at least 2 calls and his arguing resulted in 2 scores by the guy he was guarding; run back on defense then argue when it is safe to let your guard down a little more
  6. Crawford was struggling out there and should have been replaced with more C.J. and a little bit of Belinelli; Crawford's new and should be eased in slowly
  7. Warriors need to study how they played in the 1st half and duplicate that as much as possible
  8. Jackson was terrific, Maggette was just a scorer - like him, but not a player you commit +$10M per year for 5 years

Postgame Quotes

Don Nelson

On Today's Game:
“They’re the world champs, they’re terrific. They may have nights like this more often than they would want, but anyway, compared to our last game we played about as well as we can play. So I’m very happy about that. We just didn’t have enough for them. Corey [Maggette] was terrific. We went with our bigger lineup that he’s probably more comfortable playing in. The three rather than the four. Jamal didn’t shoot it as well as I know he can, but he’s going to be really good for us. Its just a matter of maturing and playing together. I suppose at the two guard he’d be playing off screens more. But he’ll be fine. There will be a day when he can play either spot. When Monta [Ellis] gets back, that’ll really be an interesting combination.”

Stephen Jackson
On Today's Game:
“It’s good that we had them on their heels. We came out and competed better than we did last night. It’s something we’ve got to build on, but we’ve still got to find a way to win games. We had them on their heels and we weren’t able to close it out. That shows you why they are one of the best teams. They turned it up a notch, and we couldn’t reach their intensity. KG made some big shots, Ray made some big shots, and I think the key to them winning this game was Rondo. Rondo had a heck of a game. He made a lot of big shots and a lot of big defensive plays.”
“I’m proud of my young guys for coming in here and battling against the defending champs. We had a chance to win, we just didn’t finish. We know we have talent, we’re just trying to figure out how to come together. Just to compete against a team like this is a plus, but a win is what we want. At the same time it’s something to build on, so we’ve got to take it for what it’s worth.”

On Corey Maggette:
“Corey’s a scorer. A couple times we should have went to him we missed him. But this is what we expect him to do. Corey’s been an 18, 20-point scorer his whole career, so we expect him to do that.”

On The Season So Far:
“It would be frustrating if the team wasn’t so young. But you’ve got to expect this. We have to expect ups and downs, and we’ve got to stay positive and build on it. We can’t dwell on it. That’s my attitude, and that’s the team’s attitude, and we’ve got to keep it that way. I think we’re real close.”

Corey Maggette
On Today's Game:
“I was just trying to do whatever I could to get going. The shots started to fall. Trying to keep my hamstring in order so I can keep my strength, be more aggressive. But we had a great opportunity to win this game tonight, and in the second half we made some careless plays that cost us the game. I think our team really played hard and gave us a chance to win this game. I think we got careless. I don’t want to say it was all them. We were throwing the ball all over the place. In the third quarter they made a run, next thing you know its 73-76. If we had capitalized on their turnovers we might have had a chance. Of course these are the world champs, and they are extremely good. They play to win every possession. They have really good players with Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Ray Allen. Their big guys came in and did some big forcing. Perkins, Tony Allen, and Big Baby made some big plays. I think we really had an opportunity to win the game.”

On The Future:
“We need to continue to play hard, but I think it needs to be me and [Stephen Jackson] making shots to help our team win. Then everyone else filling the board. We have to shoot better. Your twenty-point scorers have to shoot above 38%. We’re shooting below 38%, and that’s hurting us. Beidrins is playing absolutely great for this team right now. We just need to pick up the slack everywhere.”

Wright starts but the rebounding lineup is set aside again for small ball

Golden State Warriors vs. Boston Celtics 11/26/08 GAME RECAP

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Thoughts on Game No. 15: Celtics 119, Warriors 111 - Geoff Lepper
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Warriors can't knock out champs - Janny Hu
Warriors valiant in loss to Celtics - The Sports Network
Celtics gobble up win thanks to Rajon Rondo - Boston Herald
Rondo leads way in comeback win over Warriors - Associated Press

Next Game:
Friday, Nov. 28 - 4:30 pm
Local TV: CSN
Radio: KNBR 680

Tuesday, November 25, 2008


Eric Maynor: VCU 90, East Carolina 93
41 min, 11-20 fg, 6-12 3pt, 7-9 ft, 0 off, 6 reb, 6 ast, 4 to, 0 stl, 1 blk, 5 pf, 35 pts

Chase Budinger: Arizona 69, Santa Clara 66
40 min, 10-15 fg, 2-3 3pt, 0-0 ft, 1 off, 5 reb, 1 ast, 4 to, 1 stl, 1 blk, 4 pf, 22 pts

Luke Harangody: Notre Dame 81, Texas 80
37 min, 11-21 fg, 1-1 3pt, 6-10 ft, 4 off, 13 reb, 2 ast, 0 to, 1 stl, 1 blk, 2 pf, 29 pts

Nick Calathes: Florida 86, Washington 84
33 min, 6-13 fg, 1-3 3pt, 8-10 ft, 0 off, 1 reb, 8 ast, 3 to, 1 stl, 0 blk, 2 pf, 21 pts

Stephen Curry: Davidson 78, Loyola (MD) 48
32 min, 0-3 fg, 0-1 3pt, 0-0 ft, 0 off, 3 reb, 3 ast, 2 to, 0 stl, 0 blk, 3 pf, 0 pts

Jonny Flynn: Syracuse 89, Kansas 81
43 min, 6-12 fg, 2-4 3pt, 11-16 ft, 0 off, 1 reb, 5 ast, 5 to, 3 stl, 0 blk, 2 pf, 25 pts


Nice floor game, but Jackson was not able to
lead his young squad to a respectable showing

MVW: Stephen Jackson

The Good
Stephen Jackson: 34 min, 2-4 3pt, 4-5 ft, 8 ast, 2 stl, 4 blk, 16 pts
Andris Biedrins: 30 min, 5-7 fg, 9 reb, 2 blk, 15 pts
Brandan Wright: 16 min, 5-6 fg, 5 reb, 1 blk, 10 pts
Kellena Azubuike: 33 min, 6-9 fg, 1-1 3pt, 2-2 ft, 5 reb, 15 pts
Corey Maggette: 30 min, 4-5 ft, 17 pts
Jamal Crawford: 29 min, 7 ast
Anthony Morrow: 15 min, 6 reb
Anthony Randolph: 19 min, 4 reb, 2 blk

The Bad
Andris Biedrins: 30 min, 5 to
Corey Maggette: 30 min, 6-16 fg, 2 reb, 3 ba
Stephen Jackson: 34 min, 5-12 fg, 3 reb, 3 to

The Ugly
Anthony Randolph: 19 min, 1-7 fg, 5 to, 2 pts

Best and Worst +/-
Marco Belinellit: +4
Kelenna Azubuike: -24

Team Statistics
Warriors : Wizards
pts - 100 : 124
fg - 39-85 (.459) : 53-105 (.505)
ft - 16-23 (.696) : 12-17 (.706)
3p - 6-20 (.300) : 6-15 (.400)
reb - 40 : 54
oreb - 13 : 23
ast - 26 : 27
to - 20 : 12
stl - 7 : 12
bs - 10 : 9
fast break pts - 17 : 21
pts in paint - 50 : 60

Box Score
Popcorn Machine's Game Flow

This was about the only time we saw smiles on the Warriors faces tonight


  1. starting lineup: Crawford/Morrow/Jackson/Maggette/Biedrins
  2. Wizards win tip and get alley-oop slam from McGee right off the bat; McGee w/ block and dunk; Biedrins scores an And-1 on him; missed a couple of easy close ones; blocked by Biedrins
  3. Maggette on Jamison
  4. Crawford's 1st shot was a 3 from top that missed
  5. Azubuike subs in for Morrow early; matched up with Dee Brown
  6. Jackson shutting down Butler early
  7. Biedrins with 3 turnovers early; 11 pts off turnovers (6) 3:55 mark of 1st Q
  8. Andray Blatche having a good start
  9. Crawford with no contribution so far w/ 1:32 left in 1st Q; misses 2nd 3pt from top
  10. Warriors 26, Wizards 33 end of 1st Q; Nick Young with buzzer beating, contested 3 from corner
  11. Watson in to start 2nd, with Jackson/Turiaf/Maggette/Azubuike
  12. Jackson shooting poorly but continues to take difficult shots
  13. Randolph in for Maggette, 10:10 of 2nd Q; couple of blocks early; terrific block on Jamison
  14. Watson having a good game early; deflection, score on fastbreak, assist to Turiaf; looking to pass off his drives
  15. Jackson needs to sit; liability on the floor
  16. 4 misses, unable to secure rebound - Jamison ends possession with a jumper
  17. Crawford/Maggette in for Jackson/Watson 5:07 2nd Q
  18. Crawford first pts as Warrior come on driving layup; hits 3pt shot
  19. Blatche and McGee doing well; Wizards own version of twin towers
  20. Wright in for Randolph; scores layup on 2nd possession; scoring well in paint the last few games
  21. horrible 1st half: Warriors 49 Wizards 63; too many turnovers, 2nd chance points, bad defense
  22. Morrow starts 3rd Q, 1 shot all game
  23. McGee draws 4th foul at start of 3rd; Blatche subs in
  24. Crawford starting to hit; 5 ast 7:55 3rd Q; like his passing
  25. a defensive lineup of Wright/Randolph/Biedrins should bring them back
  26. Maggette should stop driving vs. Blatche; too many blocked shots
  27. Randolph in for Maggette - thank you Nellie
  28. Blatche doing it all
  29. Biedrins' hands aren't functioning well; fumbling more passes than usual
  30. Jackson gets a Technical - Wizards lead by 21
  31. offense can't anything going; surprised no Morrow, Wright to help out; give Belinelli a look
  32. no combo able to cut deficit; Wizards play their stars deep into the 4th Q to grow lead
  33. Belinelli enters, makes layup, misses two jumpers, makes assists to Morrow for 3
  34. Morrow limited in action and touches; Warriors should look to get him going early instead of taking difficult shots (Maggette vs. Blatche) or chucking when cold (Jackson)
  35. Warriors 100, Wizards 124
  36. coaching change may have energized the Wizards; stars Butler and Jamison had great games, Blatche was phenomenal; Warriors unable to rebound and Wizards shot well; careless turnovers leading to easy points; Warriors not playing with energy; Wizards get off 105 shots!; worst game of the season; Warriors may have taken one look at their 1-10 record and mailed it in
  37. A young team like the Warriors is going to have bad games like this. All they can do is erase this game from their memory banks and continue to get better as a team; Nelson needs to adjust his starting line-up to include better rebounders; Maggette at PF will not work in the long run
Maggette kept challenging Blatche in the paint and kept getting stuffed

Postgame Quotes

Don Nelson
On Today's Game:
“We played an inspired team tonight. They out-worked us, out-hustled us and out-played us. Washington did everything well and we did nothing well. I’m pretty disappointed with how my team played, especially the young players. They all played pretty poorly given that they have been playing better as of late.”
On His Young Players:
“I expect more energy from them and to compete better than what they gave us tonight. Everyone that got in tonight seemed to make some errors. As a coach I want to play the young players, but it is very hard to play them when they play like that tonight.”
On Guard Jamal Crawford:
“I like Crawford a lot. It will take some time to get used to, but I feel like it will work out extremely well. It’s just a matter of time.”

Stephen Jackson

On Today's Game:
“It was a tough game tonight. The Wizards came out with a lot of energy. Their two main scores played well tonight. We just need to let this game go and be ready to play against Boston tomorrow.”
On Moving On:
“We have to put this game behind us and get ready for tomorrow. We’ve got to realize that we have a young team and being down and dwelling on a loss is not going to help these young guys. It’s not going to help us play better.”

Corey Maggette

On The Wizards:
“We started off trying to play to run but I knew the Wizards were going to come out with a lot of energy and emotion for their new coach. (Antawn) Jamison and (Caron) Butler had tremendous nights as well as (Andray) Blatche.”
On Today's Game:
“We really just didn’t play to our capability tonight. We weren’t good on the defensive end and the Wizards capitalized on a lot of stuff. This is one of those games that you have to forget about.”

Jamal Crawford

On His First Game With The Warriors:
“We’ve got a lot of good talent and some veterans but it’s going to be a process. If we lost by one point or if we lost by 20, it’s still a loss and we’re going to have to bounce back tomorrow.”
On His Role With The Team:
“I definitely see where I’m going to fit in. Out here you can’t be passive. You have to be aggressive and it opens things up for your teammates.”

Golden State Warriors vs. Washington Wizards

Related Links
First Impressions and Second Chances (Wiz 124, Warriors 100) - Adam Lauridsen
Warriors have plenty of scorers but not enough passers - Matt Steinmetz
Warriors roll over against Wizards - Janny Hu
Crawford can't keep Warriors from getting blasted - Marcus Thompson II
Tapscott opens to raves - The DC Examiner
Wizards Gain Second Win in Tapscott’s Debut as Coach - Associated Press

Next Game
Wed. Nov 26, 2008 vs. Boston Celtics, 4:30 pm
Local TV: CSNBay
Radio: KNBR 1050

Monday, November 24, 2008


Patrick Patterson: Kentucky 91, Longwood 57
30 min, 12-15 fg, 0-0 3pt, 4-4 ft, 3 off, 12 reb, 6 ast, 2 to, 3 stl, 4 blk, 1 pf, 28 pts

Luke Harangody: Notre Dame 88, Indiana 50
26 min, 7-13 fg, 0-1 3pt, 0-0 ft, 1 off, 5 reb, 2 ast, 1 to, 5 stl, 0 blk, 2 pf, 14 pts

Chase Budinger: Arizona 86, Miss. Valley St. 52
27 min, 10-11 fg, 4-4 3pt, 0-0 ft, 0 off, 5 reb, 3 ast, 1 to, 3 stl, 0 blk, 1 pf, 24 pts

Nick Calathes: Florida 83, Syracuse 89
35 min, 7-13 fg, 4-8 3pt, 1-2 ft, 1 off, 2 reb, 7 ast, 4 to, 3 stl, 1 blk, 3 pf, 19 pts

Jonny Flynn: Florida 83, Syracuse 89
35 min, 5-7 fg, 2-4 3pt, 6-6 ft, 0 off, 1 reb, 4 ast, 2 to, 2 stl, 0 blk, 1 pf, 18 pts

B.J. Mullens: Ohio St. 61, Bowling Green 57
11 min, 1-4 fg, 0-0 3pt, 0-0 ft, 0 off, 1 reb, 1 ast, 1 to, 0 stl, 0 blk, 2 pf, 2 pts

Al-Farouq Aminu: Wake Forest 62, Winston-Salem 31
21 min, 2-3 fg, 0-0 3pt, 2-2 ft, 1 off, 8 reb, 0 ast, 2 to, 0 stl, 1 blk, 3 pf, 6 pts

Jeff Teague: Wake Forest 62, Winston-Salem 31
28 min, 6-8 fg, 0-1 3pt, 2-2 ft, 0 off, 2 reb, 6 ast, 5 to, 2 stl, 0 blk, 2 pf, 14 pts

Stephen Curry: Davidson 76, Florida Atlantic 60
36 min, 13-21 fg, 5-9 3pt, 8-9 ft, 1 off, 5 reb, 4 ast, 2 to, 0 stl, 1 blk, 1 pf, 39 pts

Hasheem Thabeet: Connecticut 76, Wisconsin 57
34 min, 2-6 fg, 0-0 3pt, 5-6 ft, 3 off, 7 reb, 1 ast, 1 to, 1 stl, 3 blk, 3 pf, 9 pts

A.J. Price: Connecticut 76, Wisconsin 57
30 min, 3-7 fg, 2-3 3pt, 1-2 ft, 1 off, 3 reb, 2 ast, 3 to, 1 stl, 0 blk, 4 pf, 9 pts

Ty Lawson: North Carolina 115, Chaminade 70
19 min, 7-9 fg, 3-4 3pt, 2-3 ft, 1 off, 3 reb, 6 ast, 0 to, 2 stl, 0 blk, 2 pf, 19 pts


Future Frontline of Randolph, Wright, and Biedrins

I was fairly certain that the Warriors absolutely had to tank and draft a top tier PG like Rubio in order to become a contender. But with the emergence of Morrow, the drafting of Randolph, the upside of Wright, the potential stardom of Ellis and Biedrins, and the veterans Jackson, Maggette, and Crawford - they just might have enough to grow into contenders. Sure, tanking would make this team even stronger, but it may not be necessary to win it all 3-5 few years from now.

The Warriors can follow the Pistons model of building a contender and put together a formidable Starting 5 with a deeper bench. I think they have all but one of the pieces...a true PG. But with the current cast, I don't believe it's necessary to have a Chris Paul level PG to succeed. The Warriors need to draft/acquire a mid-level PG like Rondo, Ford, or Duhon. Those types could be had in the middle of the draft, the Warriors' likely draft position. The Warriors could even trade up a few slots to draft a better PG because they have the surplus of assets to do so.

Hypothetical Lineup in 2010

PG: Ellis / Crawford / Patrick Mills*
SG: Jackson / Crawford / Morrow / Azubuike / Belinelli
SF: Randolph / Maggette / Jackson / Azubuike
PF: Wright / Randolph / Hendrix
C: Biedrins / Wright / Turiaf

* other possibilities for next year: Nick Calathes, Darren Collison, Eric Maynor, Tyreke Evans?, Ty Lawson, Jonny Flynn, Greivis Vasquez
* or trade up for: Jrue Holiday, Brandon Jennings, Stephen Curry?

There's a logjam of talent at the 2 and 3. I would use Maggette, Azubuike, Belinelli and their pick as trade bait to move further up in the draft if possible.

Australia vs USA Basketball 5th August '08 // BOOMERS & PAT MILLS TOP PLAYS!
From: msfbasketball

This group is loaded with guys that could play multiple positions allowing Nellie to go big, small, or traditional. The catch is, Nelson needs to continue to develop the Bigs in order to have them ready within a year or two. That means consistent minutes every night and the best Big-man coaching possible. When the Bigs are ready, the Warriors will be defined by their versatility, athleticism, quickness, length, and scoring ability at all positions and deep into the bench.

Wright is ahead of Biedrins' development if you compare each of them at the start of the 2nd years. I see Wright with almost as much potential as a post scorer as Biedrins, and in addition, a little more range to enable him to be a threat to drive or shoot from 10-15 feet out. He's a much better shot blocker as well.

Randolph is scary good. His combination of size, defense, ball handling, competitive fire, and confidence make him 'Gold Medal Superstar' material. He could be the impact player that puts this team on his back when he is in his prime. Championship teams have that big time star, and Randolph is their best chance at filling that requisite. If he gets close (All-Star level) then that may be good enough, given the rest of the talent on the roster.

The discovery of Morrow is huge, not only because he is the Warriors' best shooter, but because he can also be used in a trade if necessary. By signing this undrafted player from Georgia Tech, it's as if they landed a free lottery pick. A package including a combination of a developed Wright, improved Morrow, Maggette, Crawford, and future picks can get you that star that bolsters the Starting 5 even more. The Warriors are blessed with many young players that other teams would covet if they were forced to trade a disgruntled star and they don't have the leverage to get back equal value.

Ellis and Biedrins put Championship in the realm of possibility (though unlikely), Wright made things more interesting, Randolph made it seem even more plausible, and Morrow gave me even greater hope. Continued improvement, the addition of a true PG, better assistant coaching (defense and Big-man gurus), and the surrounding veteran stability (Jackson, Crawford, Maggette, Turiaf) just might be enough to get fans to utter the words "Championship Contenders" by 2011.

Patrick Mills on Trans World Sport
From: dfdfec

Sunday, November 23, 2008


James Harden: Arizona St. 61, Pepperdine 40
36 min, 12-19 fg, 1-6 3pt, 8-9 ft, 5 off, 12 reb, 2 ast, 3 to, 2 stl, 0 blk, 1 pf, 33 pts

DeMar DeRozan: USC 72, Missouri 83
25 min, 2-9 fg, 0-1 3pt, 4-6 ft, 3 off, 6 reb, 0 ast, 0 to, 0 stl, 0 blk, 2 pf, 8 pts

Kyle Singler: Duke 78, Montana 58
25 min, 5-9 fg, 1-4 3pt, 2-5 ft, 2 off, 5 reb, 3 ast, 0 to, 3 stl, 0 blk, 1 pf, 13 pts

Hasheem Thabeet: Conneticut 76, Miami (FL) 63
32 min, 8-11 fg, 0-0 3pt, 3-5 ft, 6 off, 14 reb, 1 ast, 2 to, 1 stl, 7 blk, 2 pf, 19 pts

A.J. Price: Conneticut 76, Miami (FL) 63
33 min, 5-13 fg, 2-5 3pt, 1-4 ft, 3 off, 11 reb, 5 ast, 3 to, 1 stl, 0 blk, 2 pf, 13 pts

POSTGAME: 76ERS - 11/23/08

Wright, Turiaf, and Randolph host the Block Party

Randolph was a key part of the youth brigade
that got the Warriors back into the game.

MVW: Brandan Wright

The Good
Brandan Wright: 14 min, 5-7 fg, 2 reb, 1 blk, 10 pts
Ronny Turiaf: 22 min, 1-2 fg, 3 reb, 5 blk
Stephen Jackson: 43 min, 7 reb, 7 ast, 3 stl
Andris Biedrins: 30 min, 5-8 fg, 8 reb, 4 ast, 2 st, 2 blk, 10 pts
C.J. Watson: 24 min, 5-10 fg, 5 reb, 3 stl, 12 pts

The Bad
Corey Maggette: 26 min, 2-10 fg, 0-3 3pt
Anthony Morrow: 24 min, 2-6 fg, 6 pts
Kelenna Azubuike: 27 min, -18 +/-
Marco Belinelli: DNP-CD

The Ugly
Stephen Jackson: 42 min, 5-14 fg, 4 to

Best and Worst +/-
Brandan Wright: +10
Kelenna Azubuike: -18

Team Statistics
Warriors : 76ers
pts - 81 : 89
fg - 34-78 (.436) : 37-93 (.398)
ft - 7-13 (.538) : 9-12 (.750)
3p - 6-18 (.333) : 6-15 (.400)
reb - 38 : 54
oreb - 11 : 22
ast - 20 : 22
to - 18 : 16
stl - 10 : 6
bs - 13 : 5
fast break pts - 15 : 0
pts in paint - 42 : 32

Box Score

Turiaf had 5 blocks and did a respectable job guarding Brand
in the 4th Quarter


  1. starting lineup: Jackson/Morrow/Azubuike/Maggette/Biedrins
  2. 3 pointers short for most Warriors
  3. 76ers getting on the offensive glass; Maggette at PF failing
  4. Azubuike hits first 3 pt attempt; looks a step slow and not as explosive due to his knee injury; why is he starting - Nellie should ease him back into the lineup
  5. Dalembert blocking lots of shots
  6. Marcus Williams could be a poor man's Andre Miller
  7. C.J. Watson 1st off bench at 5:15 mark; Morrow not a factor early
  8. Warriors shooting poorly and playing sloppy early
  9. problems with inbounding ball again - Watson hands off ball to Jackson
  10. Turiaf in to combat 76ers quality bigs; Jackson rests
  11. GSW 17, 76ers 27 end of 1st Q
  12. Randolph starts the 2nd Q. along with Watson, Maggette, Azubuike, and Turiaf
  13. put back slam off missed CJ layup; CJ does NOT pass; like how he plays the passing lanes, causing turnovers
  14. Randolph blocks Brand then finishes the fastbreak with a dunk
  15. Louis Williams having a terrible year after signing a nice longterm deal
  16. careless inbounding
  17. Jackson comes back after getting an extended period of rest
  18. Dalembert hitting his jumpers tonight
  19. Biedrins scoring everytime he gets the ball in the paint
  20. Warriors keeping game within reach because of their steals
  21. Azubuike starting to heat up; finishing strong
  22. Randolph with 3 fouls in 7 min
  23. 76ers pulling away with 3 3pters in succession
  24. Wright in at 3 min mark of 2nd Q: Biedrins, Wright, and Randolph front line!
  25. 76ers 52, Warriors 35 when big 3 are in together along with Morrow and Jackson
  26. 13-0 run by 76ers
  27. Wright with nice jumper from top of key; what a weapon he can become!
  28. Jackson strikes back after air balling a 3 on his last shot; foot on 3pt line
  29. Morrow missing shots he usually makes; passed up 3, took it into the left elbow and missed a pull-up jumper
  30. Warriors 39, 76ers 57 at the half; Warriors' season low points for a half this year
  31. Watson starts 3rd Q in place of Morrow; Watson taking wide open jumpers but missing
  32. Warriors need to bring in a defensive guru
  33. Jackson making stupid passes; needs to stop trying to be a flashy PG
  34. Watson hits his 2nd 3pt in 8 attempts this season
  35. Randolph back in at 6:45 mark of 3rd Q; Azubuike sits
  36. 76ers with no fastbreak points so far!
  37. Brand is hitting all his perimeter shots; ends Warriors run
  38. Randolph with another big block
  39. Turiaf in for Biedrins
  40. Jackson hits left corner three off Randolph fast break pass; come within 10 pts (3:15 of 3rd Q)
  41. Brand = Warrior momentum killer (or is it Stephen Jackson with his chucking and turnovers)
  42. would like to see Belinelli in for Jackson playing with Randolph, Wright, and Biedrins
  43. Wright comes in at 1:40 mark of 3rd Q; Brand sits soon after - see if W's could get back in
  44. Morrow not shooting when he's open; looks very apprehensive today
  45. Warriors 62, 76ers 72 end of 3rd Q
  46. Wright blocks Speights then finishes with difficult runner in the paint
  47. BLOCK PARTY! can't secure the defensive rebound, but repeatedly denying shots
  48. Wright looking great; jumper brings Warriors within 7 with 8:56 to play
  49. Brand re-enters; Turiaf assigned to guard Brand; gets a nasty block on Iggy
  50. Wright's pick and roll layup cuts deficit to 6 pts
  51. Morrow for 3!!! And another to tie the game!!!! Why is he unguarded?
  52. Warriors are LONG and disrupting the 76ers' shooting
  53. young Warriors making some mistakes; 3 turnovers in a row
  54. Azubuike comes in for Randolph; misses 3 then makes one; loses track of Iggy, resulting in ally-oop
  55. Biedrins finally comes in at 1:53; Turiaf did a good job on Brand down the stretch; great blocks and defensive effort
  56. poor execution down the stretch did them in; started when they tied the game; 76ers veterans take over and make big shots
  57. Jackson, Maggette, and Randolph shot a combined 10-34 fg; Morrow needed to be more aggressive; Biedrins need to come in after the Warriors made 2 turnovers in a row; Warriors out-rebounded 38-54
  58. if Jackson is not shooting well and is turning over the ball at a high rate, why not give Belinelli a shot and surround him with the big 3 and CJ?

The leader of the team should stop chucking when
he's cold and know his limitations as a Point Forward.

Postgame Quotes

Ronny Turiaf
On advising Brandan Wright:
“I feel like I have a great basketball IQ, so I think I can tell Brandan stuff to help him out. I was seeing the Sixers in a zone and I was telling him to try and help him. When he is focused he is a really good basketball player, and he is assertive and he makes the right play.”
On the Warriors' defense:
“It’s good because we all have long arms, and we all like to box out and play defense. I think the other guys know that. We’re trying to protect the paint. I like to watch and analyze to help my teammates.”

Brandan Wright
On the team’s performance in the second-half:
“I think we just got more active on the defensive end, got in our positions, had guys playing Elton Brand better, we blocked shots, got our hands in the passing lane and used our athleticism to our advantage.”
On getting behind early on;
“Players make mistakes all the time, it’s part of getting better and learning the game. We have a young team, but that’s no excuse. We’re not going to get down on ourselves, we’re going to continue to play hard and give effort to get out on the court and win these games.”

Golden State Warriors @ Philadelphia 76ers 11/23/08
From: aznpowerdaniel

Related Links
Tall Tales (76ers 89, Warriors 81) - Adam Lauridsen
On loss at Philly: Randolph's rambunctiousness and the block party - Matt Steinmetz
Brand helps 76ers move above .500 - Associated Press
Brand leads Sixers past Golden State - The Sports Network
Warriors' Randolph shines on defense - Janny Hu
Thoughts on Game No. 13: 76ers 89, Warriors 81 - Geoff Lepper

Next Game
Tues. Nov 25, 2008 vs. Washington Wizards, 4:00 pm
Local TV: CSNBay
Radio: KNBR 1050


By commiting the maximum amount allowed for an extension of Jackson's contract beyond 2010, the Warriors took themselves out of the bidding for any of the great free agents in what promises to the best collection of talent available in one summer. A windfall of cap-space evaporated in a course of months, starting with the signing of Corey Maggette and ending with the acquisition of Jamal Crawford.

I proposed a deal for Crawford, but it also included rookie prospect Danilo Gallinari, who is injured and possibly out for the entire year with back problems. I would not have done this deal if we did not commit to Jackson, but since there is no chance to be players in the 2010 offseason, this move is a move I can live with.

Crawford gives the Warriors yet another offensive weapon that opposing teams have to worry about. His long-range shooting and ability to share point guard duties makes him a very good compliment to Monta Ellis.

Here are the updated financials:

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As you can see, the Warriors are unable to get far enough under the cap to land any major free agent until the Summer of 2013 unless they trade Maggette, Crawford, and/or Jackson for expiring deals - not an impossible feat, but not easy to do given the size and duration of some of the contracts. Let's hope Nellie can work with this roster and that he is open to developing ALL of his players, including Wright and Randolph - two big pieces that could turn the Warriors fortunes around in a hurry.

Jamal Crawford - All alone FULLVERSION!!!
From: doit18seven

Related Links
Warriors newcomer joins crowded backcourt - Marcus Thompson II
Don Nelson on acquiring Jamal Crawford: "I'm stoked is what I am" - Matt Steinmetz
Jamal Crawford: The Best Available Option - Geoff Lepper
Winners and losers in Warriors’ Harrington-for-Crawford deal - Tim Kawakami
No Man Is an Island, Except in Nelson’s Offense - Adam Lauridsen