The Warriors Report: Ah, yes, the old “glass-half-full switcheroo”
(PROGRAMMING NOTE: No live conversation regarding tonight’s game in New Orleans. Check back in the morning for fresh, piping-hot Christmas Eve bon mots.)
By Geoff Lepper
Your daily guided tour through the national and local media coverage of the always-entertaining Golden State Warriors.
Contra Costa Times (Marcus Thompson II): Marcus pulls off an old favorite, the “glass-half-full switcheroo,” pointing out that the Warrriors made half their shots (yes, my in-game prediction was sadly made wrong by a late surge) and garnered 20 assists before driving it home with a Stephen Curry quote: “We had good stats, they had better stats.”
Also: It sure sounds like training camp invitee Cartier Martin is going to be rejoining the Warriors sooner rather than later, as Golden State nears getting a second injury exception.
San Francisco Chronicle (Rusty Simmons): Headline: “A foul stench pervades this loss.” Somebody really needs to put the pun pen down and back away from the keyboard.
Also: Chris Hunter, on a last-chance power drive.
CSNBayArea.com (Matt Steinmetz): Taking on the issue of Monta Ellis’ pre-training-camp edict on playing with Stephen Curry in the Warriors’ backcourt (“Can’t. Just can’t.”), Matt points out correctly that Ellis has been doing a credible (and at times, excellent) job on bigger 2s and 3s. But the problem with the pairing which goes practically unmentioned is Curry’s defense, which has ranged from adequate to horrendous, depending on the night. If Don Nelson really thinks, as Steinmetz quotes him, that Curry “is actually a pretty decent defender right now,” then I guess we know why the Warriors don’t value defense: They can’t recognize it.
Examiner.com (Mike Massa): Mike hits upon an important point, reminding that the Warriors not only hit their first 10 shots to build their lead, they also didn’t commit any turnovers for the first 8:19 of the game.
That means Golden State had 16 over the final 39 minutes, including some really painful ones that Mike lists here: “There was Maggette’s attempted left-handed tip pass on a 2-on-1 break, Curry’s behind-the-back pass that went to no one, Watson’s drive and kick to no one, Ellis running with the ball without dribbling after getting a loose ball, among others. The Warriors like to say they have little margin for error with their current roster, yet they give away a handful of possessions each game with unforced errors.”
NBA.com (Jason Smith): I’m going to assume this is a typo, because even for Monta’s Mississippi dialect, this would be a strange construction: “Zach Randolph got off to a hot start and made shots. We more can we do?”
Fast Break/San Jose Mercury News (Adam Lauridsen): “Even when Ellis, Maggette, and Curry fill up the stat sheet, this team isn’t capable of sticking with a non-playoff squad like Memphis. It’s an ugly fact that can’t help but dampen my enthusiasm as the team moves on to its next likely failure.”
Somebody alert 1011 Broadway to get a season-ticket specialist on the phone … it sounds like they might be losing a customer.
Talking Points/San Jose Mercury News (Tim Kawakami): Extolling the greatness that is C.J. Watson, at least if you use those crazy plus-minus measurements that stat geeks keep promoting.
Warriors Wire/Santa Rosa Press Democrat (Jared Cowley): Jared asks, hypothetically, if Warrior fans would want Zach Randolph. And the answer is: If it’s the summer of 2011 and you can sign him for $4 million a season because there’s a soft market, sure. If you’re talking about taking on the remainder of his $16M for this year and $17.3M next season? Hell no.
Golden State of Mind: Life without Monta? Not very watchable, according to GSoM.
Feltbot’s Warriors Blog: If you’re going to call someone out by name (while remaining pointedly anonymous yourself), at least try to get some facts straight: I hammered the coaching staff for staying small in the Washington loss, at home, four days after the road trip ended. And the Chris Hunter road-trip shin splints that the TV Announcer so adroitly brought up in his excuse-making last night wasn’t what precluded Nelson from using a Maggette/Radmanovic/Randolph front line against the Wizards — a grouping that would have allowed Maggette to guard Caron Butler, who was simply destroying the smaller players who guarded him. It wasn’t the Chris Hunter shin splints that made up Nelson’s mind to use Monta Ellis for 46+ minutes, Stephen Curry for 46+ minutes and C.J. Watson and Anthony Morrow for a combined 52:04. Nelson made those calls on his own, and they were most decidedly not successful in this instance.
I’m sure that someone who has a self-professed financial stake in the team being successful doesn’t want to hear about errors in judgment by the coach, but that doesn’t make them any less factual.
NBA.com: Highlights from the mothership.
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Wow, sorry if I struck a nerve Geoff. Forgive me if I mistook you for the guy who has agitated in print and on TV for years against Don Nelson, to the extent of attempting a statistical analysis to “prove” that he’s a bad coach. That wasn’t you? My bad.
As for me: I’m only “pointedly anonymous” because I started as a poster, and no one posts under their real name. I have nothing to hide, and my real name is easily obtainable. My small financial interest in the Warriors is long-dead, having died the moment Biedrins and Turiaf went out for 30 games, and Azubuike for the year. (Oops,did I make up an excuse?). But even if it weren’t, I can’t understand why that would make me sensitive to criticism of Don Nelson. Most bettors in my position blame the coach for every loss.
As for criticizing Don Nelson, do it all you like. I do it myself sometimes. It’s fun! But if your criticism is completely irrational, then I’ll have a difference of opinion with you. And placing the blame on the coaching for this season’s misery is completely irrational. No coach could have done anything about these godawful circumstances.
I’ve pointed out that I think you have an agenda. You say you don’t. But when you write things like:
“the Chris Hunter road-trip shin splints that the TV Announcer so adroitly brought up in his excuse-making”
whose case do you think it furthers?
Nellie’s 2006-10 “work” can tie Musselman’s Warriors winning percentage with 3 more losses in a row.
Anthony Randolph has fouled out of 1 career NBa game.
So has Chris Hunter, as of last night’s ugly loss.
The penny just dropped. By “pointedly anonymous” you’re insinuating that I’m trying to hide a secret connection to Don Nelson or the Warriors front office, right?
Geoff, I think you may be reading a little too much of your buddy Chris Cohan. It’s not a good direction for you, mental-health wise.
Geoff Lepper December 23rd, 2009 at 11:03 pm
You can’t hit a nerve when you’re using nothing but factual inaccuracies. Prior to the Washington game, I hadn’t discussed smallball even in passing since Game 12 victory, when I went so far as to posit that Portland was the best matchup in the NBA right now for Golden State because “The Blazers, outside of Greg Oden, don’t seem to know how to take advantage of their size differential.”
As for the “pointedly anonymous,” it refers merely to the fact that even though you go to the trouble of writing a full bio for your site, you still didn’t put your name on it. I’m of the opinion that it’s pretty classless to call people out by name when you deliberately hide your own.
I’m not trying to hide anything, nor shield anything. I see it more as schtick. I am known in blog circles solely by my handle, and so I stick with it. If more people voice your opinion, or if my profile rises, then I may start using my name.
But I really don’t see that it makes any difference. If you want to call me out, it should stick to my handle just as well as to my real name.
And if I made a mistake by conflating your opinion with Adam’s in this instance, I apologize. I saw a reference to your last post criticizing small ball, and am very familiar with your past criticisms of it. I made an assumption that was wrong in the instance. But not very wrong in general. Right?
Geoff Lepper December 24th, 2009 at 8:51 am
No, not right. Do I think that smallball is a gimmick that ultimately fails? Sure I do. That’s what the evidence shows. But there is context to all things.
I stopped banging the smallball drum last year after Brandan Wright’s shoulder was destroyed, Biedrins went down and Turiaf was limping around on one leg, because to play a normal lineup in that instance would have required the use of Rob Kurz, whose game did not exactly impress me.
In the same way this year with those same three guys absent, I haven’t really ridden that horse because Mikki Moore and Chris Hunter, to me, are replacement-level guys at best.
Now, if Nelson sits a healthy Biedrins, Turiaf and Randolph in favor of playing Anthony Morrow at the 4 and it fails to win, then I certainly will start hammering away again, just as I did at the start of last season.
the mistake you made was even mentioning Feltbot in your roundup. its reasonable for established, working journalists to lament the shortcomings of certain amateur bloggers dominating the sports landscape, but to mention them by name gives them more virtual legitimacy than they deserve. the only way to neutralize the mumbling rabbit-petter is not to engage him.
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