The Warriors Report: So, this is how teams that aren’t so height-challenged live…
By Geoff Lepper
Your daily guided tour through the national and local media coverage of the always-entertaining Golden State Warriors.
CSNBayArea.com (Matt Steinmetz): Singing the praises of the Ronny Turiaf-Andris Biedrins tandem: “The Warriors forced Boston into 26 turnovers, which led to 31 points, many of which were committed on the perimeter with Watson and Ellis hounding the Celtics guards.
Both Watson and Ellis said afterward that the return of the Warriors centers has allowed them to be more aggressive and to gamble more on the perimeter.”
Also: The Warriors should use the next month to give themselves a thorough self assessment.
P.S. I disagree with Matt’s take in one major way: I think Kelenna Azubuike is a big loss — arguably, bigger than Biedrins and Turiaf have been. He’s a smallball 4 who can shoot the 3 (in the manner of Matt Barnes or Mickael Pietrus, something this roster sorely lacks, especially with Nelson at the helm) and an above-average defender (at least when compared to the rest of this roster).
NBA.com (Frank Hughes): Anytime you’re an NBA guard and your defensive work gets referenced in the same context as Fat Lever — as is the case here for C.J. Watson – it’s a good day.
Examiner.com (Mike Massa): The cavalry arrives. (Too bad it’s way late, just like J.E.B. Stuart at Gettysburg.)
San Francisco Chronicle (Rusty Simmons): No notebook in the ever-slimmer Chron, so Rusty packs it all into one story, including a tidbit that Anthony Morrow is now doing shooting drills where he picks balls off a rack, instead of having it passed to him, in case he’s invited to the 3-point shooting contest on All-Star weekend.
It’s interesting to ponder how that helps a team win games, since it’s not likely that Morrow will be allowed to use a ball rack as a prop during actual play. Another case of PR fluff over substance, one fears.
Contra Costa Times (Marcus Thompson II): Gamer, plus a notebook detailing the Warriors’ apparent plans to hold onto their second injury exception until they decide on which small forward they want to pluck from the D-League.
Inside The Warriors/Contra Costa Times (Marcus Thompson II): A look at Anthony Morrow’s puzzling pass in the final minute.
(P.S. These are the kind of quotes you only get in a winning locker room, courtesy of Corey Maggette: “I’m the better shooter, that’s why he passed it. That’s all.”)
Golden State Warriors/San Francisco Chronicle (Rusty Simmons): Ronny Turiaf, on his psychobilly freakout celebration of Corey Maggette’s double-pump reverse jam: “Sometimes I’m just spacing out and I can’t control myself.”
Talking Points/San Jose Mercury News (Tim Kawakami): Tim tees it up for the homers.
Fast Break/San Jose Mercury News (Adam Lauridsen): “I had my doubts about this game, but the Warriors and Don Nelson surprised me.”
GoldenStateWorriers.com: How soon until the “ballhog” talk starts in earnest? “(Ellis’) Usage Rate would be the highest of any Warrior in the 32 seasons for which the statistic is kept.”
NBA.com: Highlights from the mother ship.
CSN Bay Area: Highlights.
C.J. Watson, postgame.
Corey Maggette, postgame.
Ronny Turiaf, postgame.
Don Nelson, postgame.
Monta Ellis, postgame.
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