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    Game 22, Live: Warriors (7-14) at Bulls (7-13)

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    OVERTIME

    ** You can sit here and cry about all the missed jumpers, but if you don’t want to live and die by the jumper, then perhaps you shouldn’t build a team predicated on … shooting jumpers, with no backup plan anywhere on the roster. Laughable.

    FOURTH QUARTER

    ** Marcus Thompson II pointed this out over on Twitter, but it’s worth repeating: How many times does the Monta-goes-1-on-4 play at the end of quarters have to fail before you stop using it?

    ** The Bulls got away with one miss from Ellis already in the final minute. Will they get so lucky again?

    ** Ellis jacks Hinrich, storms downcourt for the tying finger-roll. If the best player on the floor wins in these situations, the Warriors should have the advantage.

    ** Mikki Moore picks up a third moving-screen violation, this one with the Warriors down 2 with 2 minutes to go. Crushing. Nice veteran move.

    ** I don’t know if Monta is banged up a little bit, or just exhausted, but there’s no way Kirk Hinrich should be able to blow by you on the dribble without the benefit of a screen or any fake whatsoever.

    ** Corey Maggette: If you weren’t shooting 21.7 percent on 3-pointers and yet still jacking one up during the fourth quarter of a hotly contested potential road win … the Oracle fans wouldn’t boo you.

    ** Regardless of the outcome, this is a painful game to watch.

    ** If the Warriors can pull this one out, it would be only their second road win over a quality team this season (Dallas, Nov. 24).

    THIRD QUARTER

    ** This game may set a record for the number of face-up blocks. It’s one thing to get nailed from the weak side, but when you go mano y mano and get roofed … ouch.

    ** Good teams respond to adversity by digging down and doing what they do best to try to turn the situation around. The Warriors, meanwhile, crank up jumpers of increasing ridiculousness. (Of course, it can also be argued that that’s what the Warriors do best, but that’s a thought for another time.)

    ** Didn’t someone say something about how Luol Deng should do well against this team?

    ** Bulls finally getting around to attempting to exploit Stephen Curry’s poor D, but John Salmons is botching the job, over and over.

    ** Joakim Noah scares small children when he tries to dribble or shoot.

    ** Belay that thought: Morrow cans a 3 from the other corner.

    ** Anthony Morrow opens up with a missed corner 3 and dribbling the ball off his own foot OB. How long until C.J. Watson gets off the bench?

    SECOND QUARTER

    ** Monta Ellis played 24 minutes, had the ball in his hands as much as humanly possible, scored 18 points with three assists, and didn’t turn it over once. Pretty damn impressive.

    ** Bulls can’t buy a shot, even from 5 feet or less. How very Warriors-esque.

    ** Watson sidebar: With that new haircut, am I the only one who keeps thinking about this guy whenever I see C.J.?

    Wez from Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior

    ** C.J. Watson is once again sparking the Warriors defense. I never thought I’d ever put those words together in a sentence after Watson’s performance, but there it is. He has improved himself in a major way.

    ** When he gets going, Anthony Randolph just gobbles up absurd amounts of real estate with every step.

    ** And, right on cue, Maggette takes one step in from the 3-point line and bangs a 22-footer off the back iron.

    ** Speaking of Maggette … Corey, the Oracle crowd is not booing you because they perceive you as a bad guy. They’re booing you because when you take 18 footers with a matching 18 seconds on the shot clock, you’re hitting less than 40 percent of them. Even though you’re open, it’s a sub-optimal basketball play. And that will always get booed by a savvy Bay Area crowd.

    ** How many Corey Maggettes does it take to blow a 3-on-1 fast break? Just the one.

    FIRST QUARTER

    ** Too bad Anthony Morrow can’t use an arm bar to knock Deng on his backside on every possession to set up open 3-pointers. His job would be significantly easier. :)

    ** If Luol Deng is going to put a big number on anybody, it ought to be the Warriors. Mind you, I’m not convinced that he can, but if he’s going to, it should be tonight.

    ** Taj Gibson just reached right over Vladimir Radmanovic to grab that board for the putback basket. Boxing out will only do so much.

    ** Maybe in addition to the “unforced turnover” stat, the NBA needs to create a “bricked assist” stat for creating an open shot that a teammate misses. (Yes, Stephen Curry, I — and Monta Ellis — am looking at you.)

    ** When Anthony Morrow opens 0-4 (0-2 treys), that’s not a good thing. The length of Luol Deng is very much causing him problems right now.

    ** Derrick Rose is just abusing Monta by rubbing him off screens. I know they don’t want to go under any screens if they can help it, but there might need to be an adjustment.

    PREGAME

    ** Was Vinny fired yet? … OK. Just checking.

    ** Off-topic Tiger Woods thought: Call me a contrarian, but I am hardly bowled over by Eldrick’s hiatus from golf. If all it means is that he’ll miss the Bob Hope Classic and the Pebble Beach Pro-Am, then who cares? He has all the money he could ever want, so it’s not like he’s going to be hurting financially for skipping those events.

    Now, if he misses The Masters in April, that will be big, because that’s the one yardstick he uses to measure his career. And if he sits out the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach and the British Open at St. Andrews — both courses where he has been dominant in past Opens — then this move will qualify as ginormous. But only then.

    ** Is it true that Vinny Del Negro is still employed after the way his team has imploded in the last week? Wow. Just stunning.

6 Responses to “Game 22, Live: Warriors (7-14) at Bulls (7-13)”

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  2. Morrow reminds me of a kid on a CYO team. Can’t dribble, constant turnovers and the game is playrd to fast for him

  3. Probably the least meaningful outcome.

    Bulls win but have to do it at home and in overtime. They can’t score 100+ against GSW. Played just well enough so Pa can’t fire VDN for blowing an obviously must win game.

    W’s lose on the road, with nothing to build off of as a consolation prize. Tied near the end of game, W’s radio announcers say neither team looks like they want to win.

  4. What matters is that Gears of war 3 kicks off pretty soon

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