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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 »

Win against Mavericks a turning point for Warriors?

Is it time to break out the “We Believe” T-shirts again? Holy cow. What a great game. If you’re a Warriors fan, you better hope you have that game on your DVR, because you won’t want to delete it. You never want to overstate one win, but this could be a turning point for this Warriors squad. Warriors 111, Mavericks 103 (on the road!). Check out the box score and Associated Press recap. Now that the Stephen Jackson cloud has… 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 »

Blazers a tough test for Warriors

TONIGHT’S GAME Golden State Warriors (3-8) vs. Portland Trail Blazers (9-4) TV: 7:30 p.m., CSN Bay Area The Warriors return home from their five-game, seven-day road trip for a well-deserved, extended homestand of … one game. That’s right, the Warriors get the 9-4 Portland Trail Blazers at Oracle Arena tonight and then head back on the road for a difficult swing through Texas to play the Mavericks (9-3) and Spurs (4-6 . . . that’s not a typo, the Spurs… Read More »

A feel-good finish to road trip

There’s really no shame in this loss. None at all. Did the Warriors play a perfect game? No. But on the fourth and fifth games of a grueling five-game, seven-day Eastern road trip, the Warriors played the Cavaliers and Celtics tough. In the first half against the Celtics, Golden State played really well. As halftime ended, I turned to one of my co-workers and said, “the Warriors will run out of gas in the second half and lose this game,… Read More »

Warriors take Cavaliers to the wire

The Warriors, in the first game after the Stephen Jackson trade, played well in defeat, getting to within three points late in a close game against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Unfortunately, too many turnovers and missed shots down the stretch doomed the Warriors, who lost 114-108, in Cleveland. If Golden State had been able to pull off the upset on the road, it would have been a monumental win, especially considering this was the first game sans Jackson. Instead, the Warriors… Read More »

Warriors do well with Jackson trade

I don’t know how you can look at today’s trade and not call it a winner for the Warriors. When you consider that Stephen Jackson had 1) demanded a trade months ago, 2) never backed off that trade demand, 3) demonstrated enough erratic behavior to force the Warriors hand in dealing him sooner than later, and 4) has one of the worst player contracts in the NBA, the Warriors came away with more value than I expected they would receive… Read More »

Warriors trade Jackson to Bobcats

The Golden State Warriors acquired guard Raja Bell and forward Vladimir Radmanovic from the Charlotte Bobcats in exchange for forward Stephen Jackson and guard Acie Law. Bell, 33, has appeared in five games for the Bobcats this season (all as a starter), averaging 12.0 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 31.4 minutes. A nine-year NBA veteran, Bell enjoyed one of his most productive NBA seasons last year, averaging 11.9 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 67 games with… Read More »