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Thoughts on the sale, Lee, Wright and more …

I’ve been on vacation for the past week, attending a family wedding, and was unable to find any free time to put together anything of worth regarding the vast amount of Warriors news that has broken during that time frame. I have a lot to catch up on. In order of importance: THE SALE Finally, the process that began in July 2009 has become reality. When I first heard that Chris Cohan was considering selling the team, it was the… Read More »

36 minutes tells the (incomplete) story

I always like to look at players’ stats adjusted to reflect starters’ minutes (36 per game). I’m fully aware it’s not an exact science; especially for players who get very few actual minutes on the court, it can present some false perceptions of a player’s ability. In addition, just because a player who normally plays 18 minutes a game would average 18 points and 11 rebounds in starters’ minutes doesn’t mean that player should necessarily get 36 minutes per game.… Read More »

No quit in Warriors

I have no problem admitting when I’m wrong. I wrote a couple times last week that the Warriors wouldn’t win any of their three final games of the regular season against a trio of Western Conference powers — Oklahoma City, Utah and Portland. I was wrong. This group of Warriors, even when there is seemingly nothing left to play for this season, refuses to quit. They continue to play hard and continue to put an entertaining product out on the… Read More »

Loss to Suns proves Ellis’ value

At least for one game, some people can stop wondering if the Warriors are better off without Monta Ellis in the lineup. The Warriors played hard and showed well on the road Saturday against the Suns before ultimately coming up short in a 112-103 loss (recap, box score). It was a tough loss to watch, because the Warriors played well much of the game and had a chance to earn an impressive road win. They led most of the first half. They led… Read More »

Some areas of concern after a win

Last night’s 107-101 win against the Minnesota Timberwolves was a nice victory. Coming off a frustrating loss the night before in Denver, when victory was snatched from their hands by poor officiating (read feltbot’s scathing rebuke of the officials here), I wouldn’t have been surprised to see the Warriors come out flat and lose, even to a team as poor as the Timberwolves. But, to the Warriors’ credit, they came out and played hard, earning a rare road win and… Read More »

Biedrins, Turiaf return and … the Warriors look better

I’m sorry for the long delay between blog entries. I took some time off for Christmas and spent the holidays in Oregon with a lot of family. I’ve been keeping an eye on the Warriors, though and wanted to give a belated review of the Warriors’ recent play. You might remember that I wrote a blog entry about how the injuries the Warriors were experiencing this season were a legitimate excuse/reason for their mediocre play. Read that entry here. As… Read More »

Grizzlies too much for Warriors

Go back and read that subject line again. Wow. I know the Grizzlies have been playing much better of late, and they have size mismatches that kill the Warriors, but still, it’s the Grizzlies. The Warriors, undermanned or not, should be competitive against teams like Memphis. Would Andris Biedrins and Ronny Turiaf have helped? It’s a fair question. Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol (combined 55 points and 27 rebounds) dominated the Warriors’ small lineup tonight, and you have to think that if they… Read More »

Warriors’ injuries are a legitimate excuse

Usually, it’s unacceptable when athletes or coaches make excuses following a loss. It’s looked at as an admission of weakness, and no self-respecting player or coach would want to give future opponents any indication of feebleness or frailty. The Warriors made excuses after their last loss, Saturday’s 104-95 loss to the Pistons. In this instance, however, I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt. There are justifiable reasons that explain the Warriors’ inability to close out games this season. Some… Read More »

No Turiaf, Biedrins on Texas trip

There was some thought last week that if all went well, Andris Biedrins and perhaps Ronny Turiaf could return in time for this week’s games, including a tough two-day swing through Texas that begins today against the Dallas Mavericks (10-3) and ends Wednesday with a date in San Antonio against the Spurs (6-6). Today’s game Warriors at Dallas Mavericks (10-3) TV: 5:30 p.m., CSN Bay Area Unfortunately, Turiaf remains day-to-day with his ailing left knee, and it’s unclear when he will return.… Read More »

Time for Don Nelson to start Anthony Randolph

The only gripe I have about Friday’s uber-impressive win against the Blazers is that Don Nelson continues to start Mikki Moore. To be fair to Nelson, he gave Anthony Randolph a lot of minutes off the bench, but why isn’t Randolph part of the starting five? Randolph has earned the right with his play on the court to start for the Warriors. Does Randolph play out of control sometimes? Yes. Does he forget plays on offense sometimes? Sure. Does he foul too much? Yep. Is he a… Read More »