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What we’ve learned through three games

Looking ahead to tonight’s home game against the Memphis Grizzlies (7:30 p.m., CSN-BA), let’s look at what we’ve learned about this team through the first three games of the season. 1. The Warriors are better than we thought I think this is true. Most people had the Warriors winning 35 games, and I still think that’s about right. But I think that prediction looks more attainable now than it did before the season. When I predicted 35 wins, I thought it… Read More »

Mixed emotions about season-opening win

I have mixed emotions about the Warriors’ season-opening 132-128 win against the Houston Rockets. Emotion No. 1: Relieved I’m glad the Warriors got a win. The Rockets are a good team, even though they were playing the second night of a back-to-back and without Yao Ming. The Warriors had no excuses if they had lost this game, so it’s good that they held on for the victory. Emotion No. 2: Excited There were a lot of good things to take away… Read More »

Real basketball is finally here!

First, I apologize for the long delay in posting something new on Warriors Wire. I have been swamped at work with high school sports, the World Series and many other responsibilities. I’ve had to take a step back from this blog because of other demands on my time. So I apologize. I’m excited for a new NBA season and can’t wait to see how this Warriors team performs. As most of you know, the Warriors open the regular season tonight… Read More »

2011 outlook: Monta Ellis

Continuing a series that looks at the players on the Warriors roster this season and the expectations I have for them, I turn my attention to Monta Ellis, the talented starter at shooting guard for this squad: The opinions on Ellis are many. His most ardent fans argue that his ability to score at will against any defense makes him the Warriors’ best player and an all-star-caliber performer. His most aggressive detractors point to his low efficiency, high turnover rate, poor… Read More »

Monta needs to cede leadership of the Warriors to Curry

Before I put out my 2011 expectations for Monta Ellis, I wanted to analyze the latest news about Ellis, a much-talked-about interview he did with AOL Fanhouse’s Sam Amick (read the article here) in which he took responsibility for everything that has gone wrong in the past couple seasons between him and the Warriors. Sounds good, right? Sounds fantastic, right? I fear it’s fools gold. I liked a lot of what Ellis said. I think he has matured and I believe him when he talks about… Read More »

Warriors get a B for offseason moves

ESPN’s Chad Ford graded the offseason moves for all the NBA teams and the Warriors stacked up well in the West. The team ranked fifth among the 15 teams in the West and were awarded a B. It’s little surprise that the primary justification for the high grade was the transition of ownership from Chris Cohan to Joseph Lacob. But, Ford also mentioned some of the Warriors’ young talent in the Warriors’ write-up, which is appreciated. It’s an ESPN Insider… Read More »

Hornets brass backs up talk

Do you remember when Chris Paul wanted to be traded? Then he met with the Hornets general manager and coach and was impressed enough by their pitch that he changed his mind? Well, it seems the Hornets brass wasn’t just blowing smoke. They seem to recognize what they have in Paul and are at least attempting to improve the team around him. ESPN’s Chad Ford is reporting that a complicated four-team trade has been agreed to that, at least on… Read More »