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  • Apr

    By Geoff Lepper

    For more than a half century, the Serenity Prayer has been a cornerstone of the Alcoholics Anonymous 12-step program:

    God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
    courage to change the things I can,
    and wisdom to know the difference.

    The Warriors accepted the things they cannot change about themselves Friday night, and in doing so become something greater than they previously had been.

    By forcing Chris Paul to shoot, shoot and shoot some more, the Warriors were able to control the Hornets’ All-Star point guard in a 111-103 victory.

    At first blush, the fact that Paul went off for 43 points and nine assists doesn’t look like a victory. But seven of Paul’s nine dimes went to David West, who finished with 31 points. That’s a nice number, but what the Hornets need from Paul is to get the rest of the roster involved with some spoon-fed buckets, especially since Peja Stojakovic is battling through a bad back and James Posey and Tyson Chandler are on the bench with injuries.

    Instead, Hornets not named Paul or West shot 10-for-38 on Friday.

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  • Apr

    By Geoff Lepper

    Everyone keeps wanting to compare Warriors rookie forward Anthony Randolph to Lamar Odom or Josh Smith or some other current NBA player.

    For a true statistical comparison to Randolph’s rookie season, however, you have to delve farther back into the NBA’s history books.

    Since the league started tracking blocked shots as a stat in 1973, there have been only a handful of rookies who have played at least 890 minutes (the same amount Randolph clocked heading into Friday’s game with the New Orleans Hornets) and put up per-minute averages as high or better than Randolph’s in terms of scoring (21.3 points per 48 minutes), rebounding (15.5) and blocks (3.6).

    And let’s just say the list puts Randolph in pretty good company.

    In chronological order:

    ** Hakeem Olajuwon (HOU, 1984-85, 27.9 points, 16.0 rebounds, 3.6 blocks per 48 minutes)

    ** David Robinson (SAS, 1989-90, 31.9, 15.7, 5.1)

    ** Shaquille O’Neal (ORL, 1992-93, 29.6, 17.5, 4.5)

    That’s it.

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  • Apr


    ** Luke: I hear what you’re saying, and I know this stat is going to be counterintuitive, given that Stephen Jackson is going to end the season leading the league in TO/G, but the Warriors actually averaged 14.3 TOs/G in the 59 games Jackson played versus 17.1 in the 16 games he missed.


    ** Kelenna Azubuike might wind up having the best PER of any Warriors center this season.

    ** Gill: They’re saving Randolph for the third OT. ;)

    ** Oh my goodness. Ellis down and grabbing at the left ankle. It looks like he might have possibly landed on Jason Thompson’s foot. But it also looks like he might have had one of his looks-worse-than-it-turns-out-to-be moments that used to be so frequent in his second and third season.

    ** Also, I know the book play was for the Kings to go for the 2-for-1, which they did, but I really don’t like that. It happened to work out because Turiaf missed one of two free throws, but that 3-pointer by Garcia was just terrible.

    ** Um, Kelenna, I was just kidding about saving Randolph for the third OT.

    ** I’m happy most especially for Ronny Turiaf, because without his defense — most especially as Thompson tried to score on that putback with 12 seconds left — this would have been a 152-132 Kings win in regulation.


    ** I think the Warriors did a horrible job adjusting to this refereeing crew, but I will say this: Bob Delaney, Eli Roe and Joe Forte have rendered this game unwatchable.

    Not that it took much, I’ll admit. But it’s still true, nevertheless.

    ** Gill: No, the Suns have not given up on Grant Hill yet, but I do think that if Maggette is hurt to the point where he’s going to miss Friday and beyond, they will seriously look at bringing someone in on the short term.

    ** By the way, with two players having racked up five personals (in addition to a T each) and two others also hit with technicals, Rule 3, Section 1 of the NBA manual might come into play:

    a. Each team shall consist of five players. No team may be reduced to less than five players. If a player in the game receives his sixth personal foul and all substitutes have already been disqualified, said player shall remain in the game and shall be charged with a personal and team foul. A technical foul also shall be assessed against…