Saturday, January 3, 2009

POSTGAME: TIMBERWOLVES - 01/02/09

Jackson starts off slow but ends up with 25 pts and 7 ast


MVW: Stephen Jackson

The Good
Stephen Jackson: 37 min, 7-14 fg, 2-3 3pt, 9-11 ft, 7 ast, 25 pts
Andris Biedrins: 33 min, 8-12 fg, 13 reb, 2 bs, 18 pts
Anthony Morrow: 22 min, 6-11 fg, 2-4 3pt, 4 reb, 14 pts
Marco Belinelli: 29 min, 1-2 3pt, 6 ast, 3 stl, 10 pts
C.J. Watson: 31 min, 6 reb, 3 stl, 11 pts
Rob Kurz: 16 min, 4-7 fg, 1 bs, 9 pts

The Bad
Stephen Jackson: 37 min, 3 reb, 6 to
Kelenna Azubuike: 16 min, 0-2 fg, 1 reb, 0 ast, 2 pf, 0 stl, 2 pts
Anthony Randolph: DNP-CD

The Ugly
Jamaal Crawford: 32 min, 3-12 fg, 1-6 3pt, 3 ast

Team Statistics

Warriors : Timberwolves
pts - 108 : 115
fg - 38-80 (.475) : 41-91 (.451)
ft - 25-34 (.735) : 30-39 (.769)
3pt - 7-20 (.350) : 3-13 (.231)
reb - 39 : 50
oreb - 10 : 17
ast - 21 : 23
to - 15 : 13
stl - 8 : 9
bs - 7 : 2
fast break points - 5 : 23
points in the paint - 42 : 52

Boxscore
Highlights
Popcorn Machine's GameFlow


Marco had a sub-par shooting night but dished out 6 ast

Notes

  1. starting lineup: Crawford/Belinelli/Jackson/Kurz/Biedrins vs. Foye/Ollie/Gomes/Smith/Jefferson
  2. Wright out with sprained wrist; curious as to how this injury came about
  3. Rob Kurz hits first shot for Warriors
  4. Marco misses 1st shot
  5. Foye challenging Belinelli's ball handling
  6. Kurz rebounding well, playing decent defense
  7. Warriors continue playing unselfish ball
  8. Azubuike in for Belinelli
  9. Biedrins struggling from the line again
  10. would love to have Love on this team - big that can rebound, shoot deep, and run the offense through
  11. Jefferson and Biedrins going back and fourth; 7 pts, 6 reb, 1 bs for Biedrins; 13 pts, 3 reb for Jefferson
  12. Turiaf in for Biedrins 3:34 1Q : GS 16, MIN 23
  13. Jackson with 3 turnovers, 6 total for Warriors, 0 for TWolves
  14. Jackson forcing the issue
  15. Watson and Belinelli in for Crawford and Jackson 1:22 1Q : GS 20, MIN 28
  16. Morrow hits first shot attempt, 3 pt w/ assist from driving Belinelli
  17. down by 6 after 1st Q
  18. Belinelli with another great assist to cutting Turiaf
  19. Biedrins and Turiaf in at the same time! 34 to 38 MIN, 8:35 2Q
  20. Jefferson has some of the best post moves in the NBA; learning from McHale
  21. Morrow looking good tonight; hitting his shots and has nice tear drop in traffic
  22. Jackson in for Turiaf; conventional lineup cuts deficit to 2
  23. will be fun to watch Biedrins and Jefferson go at it year after year
  24. Watson one of the best Warriors lately
  25. Morrow with pull-up baseline jumper
  26. sometimes it's hard to tell Morrow and Jackson apart when you don't look at their jersey numbers; move similarly, both wear head bands, same build
  27. Turiaf throws ball away, Jefferson gets buzzer beating layup to end half; GS 56, MINN 58
  28. at the half: 54% fg, 2/7 4-pt, 13/17 ft, 11 to, 5 fast break pts
  29. Kurz 4-5 fg
  30. Crawford dump to Biedrins...NICE!
  31. Crawford hits 3pt from Jackson assist; wide open
  32. Jackson less deliberate and more of a passer now
  33. Biedrins 2/6 ft
  34. lots of communication on defense prior to inbound by MIN; great to see
  35. Gomes heating up
  36. GS 72, MIN 83 4:47 3Q
  37. Morrow hits open 3 pt shot
  38. Azubuike (flu-like symptoms) in for Belinelli; 2:32 3Q GS 80 MIN 99
  39. Jackson hits 2 in a row
  40. GS 84 MIN 91 end of 3rd Q
  41. Morrow missing shots now
  42. Biedrins and Turiaf on floor together; 8: 02 4Q down 10 pts
  43. Jackson with another turnover (6)
  44. Cardinal shooting well; hits jumper that extends lead to 12
  45. 3 pts in 5 min. on 1-9 shooting, multiple turnovers in the quarter
  46. Jefferson scoring despite having Turiaf/Biedrins in the middle w/ Watson coming to double on every touch
  47. Jackson (5-11 fg) and Crawford (3-11 fg) having terrible shooting nights
  48. Foye's back to back 3's nail in coffin
  49. Warriors score only 13 pts in 4th Q w/ 1:54 remaining
  50. GS 108 MIN 115 Final
  51. Warriors get out-rebounded by 11 and fail to insert their 2nd best rebounder in Randolph; on-court development not a priority at this time; Nelson chose to play an ineffective, flu-ridden Azubuike over him....go figure
  52. only 5 fast break points and 8 stls
  53. gave up a lot of points to one of the worst offensive teams in the NBA
  54. 6th worst record at 10-25; keep tanking, this team needs all the help it can get: Rubio, Griffin, Harden, Holiday, Monroe, DeRozan, Jennings, Hill, Curry, Patterson, Thabeet
  55. big win for the tank brigade; Warriors need to go all-out for big home games, hold out key guys for others, keeping all games competitive and entertaining, and allow young players to develop along the way - like how Nellie is giving the young guards more time, but not so happy about Wright and Randolph's minutes


Biedrins and Jefferson battled all night,
but Jefferson dominated in the post

Postgame Quotes

Don Nelson

On Tonight's Game:
"I think the fire was there, but not for the whole game... Some of those (statistical) categories are surprising, but we struggle against talented big men, there's no question about it. And they've got one here. (Kurz) and Anthony Morrow were my two best players tonight. Really did a good job on both ends of the floor."

Stephen Jackson
On Tonight's Game:
"We have to expect it, but we've just been too inconsistent right now. We've got to grow up fast and learn to play on the road. This team is going through the same hardships that we've gone through, but at the same time coming into the game we thought we were the better team. We've just got to figure out how to find our identity and stick with it every game, and not play one good game and then drop four in a row and then play good again. We have to try and get some consistency going and guys have got to grow up faster. Guys have to get themselves going and stop looking at the next person to do this."

"Everybody has to be accountable. Coaches are doing everything they can to get us ready and prepared. We've got to stop looking at the coaches for answers and we've got to go out there and play and get the job done ourselves. I think everybody in the locker room needs to start looking at themselves in the mirror. That's the only way we're going to get it done. Coaches can't play. They get us prepared the best they can (but) we have go out there and find a way to put the action on court and win games."




Golden State Warriors @ Minnesota Timberwolves 1/2/09

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Related Links
Game No. 35, live: Warriors (10-24) at Timberwolves (6-25) - Geoff Lepper
The Bottom? (Warriors 108, Wolves 115)- Adam Lauridsen
Losses to OKC and Minny? The Warriors are bad, but shouldn’t be THIS bad - Tim Kawakami
Warriors hit new low two days later - Janny Hu
Warriors lose to another struggling team - Curtis Pashelka, Inside Bay Area
Wolves show spark in victory over Golden State - Star Tribune
Jefferson, T'Wolves get win over Warriors - The Sports Network
Wolves hold lead against Warriors - Associated Press


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Utah Jazz
Monday, January 5 - 6:00 p.m.
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