Figures. A 4 game winning streak ended against a Eastern Conference opponent who´s winning percentage of .350 and the dubs go out and lose a 13 point 1st quarter lead. It happens but with Denver beating Phoenix this isn´t the right time to be losing to scrub teams.
1st quarter Warriors came out strong. This is one of their weak points this season where srcub teams somehow hang with them at this point. But tonight much like Hillary in the primaries they were on fire dropping 38 points and a 13 point lead to open up the game on the road is very impressive.
Offense and Defense
Baron´Monta and Captain Jack all came out strong dropping a combination of 83 points. No other dub tonight looked capable of hitting double figures so you can´t blame them for taking so many shots. Like the Atlanta game though the d was non existant. Seriously when Nellie retires if a Defensive minded coach like Jeff Van Gundy or Larry Brown is available then take him. I´m sick of the horrible effort we see every night.
Foul No this isn´t my annual complain of the Warriors not getting to the foul line this time my complaints are the esxact opposite we let the Bobcats get to the line a ton. Just look at the player stats.
Harrington- 5 in 23:38
Brandan Wright- 4 in 23:14
Mickael Pietrus- 6 in 23:44
Kelenna Azubuike- 2 in 12:34
Austin Croshere- 3 in 10:40
Patrick O'Bryant- 2 in 5:34
Thankfully the Bobcats are one of the worst free throw Shooting teams in the League otherwhise this game would have been over faster then DJ Mbenga says tacos.
Here are tonights Warrior killers`prsented by yours truly
Jason Richardson: Tonight the sceptics won. As much as I like J-Rich going for 41 isn´t acceptable. There´s no doubting Richardson is a great player and he would be an All Star if the Bobcats would get rid of Sam Vincent and stop playing below their potential. But honestly I got tired watching the penetration and dribble drives that were on display last night.
Emeka okafor Okafor could have had a 40 point game but missed a ton of open looks. His 3-13 FG stats are best ignored. He was just too big and strong for the Warriors down low, particularly Wright and POB. Unacceptable.
Jared Dudly I had to look up Dudley´s name to know whho he was. The 10th pick of last years draft went for 10 points, 18 REBOUNDS!, and 2 blocks while outplaying #8 pick Brandan Wright and #18 pick Marco Belinelli is warming the bench.
The Warriors were losers in this trade. Full Stop. Want proof look at the results
March 5 @ Bobcats: 6 points, 5 rebounds, 1 block, 4 fouls and outplayed by Jared Dudley!
March 4 @ Hawks: 5 points, 2 rebounds, and 1 block
March 2 vs Blazers: 13 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist, and 1 block
February 29 vs 76ers: 12 points, 7 rebounds, 3 blocks
Season: 4.0 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 0.3 apg, 0.1 stl, 0.4 blk
I'm looking at what the Warriors are missing out on:
March 5 vs Warriors: 42 points, 7 boards, 7-7 FT's, and the best player on the floor tonight.
March 4 @ Timberwolves: 25 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists, and 1 steal
March 2 vs Raptors: 30 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, and 1 steal
February 29 @ Celtics: 30 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals
Season: 20.5 ppg (43.3% 3pt), 5.1 rpg, 3.0 apg, 1.2 stl, 0.7 blk
The Dubs could have made a trade for a legitimate big man ala Drew Gooden´Ron Artest or Kurt Thomas. Instead they made a bad trade for year 1. Think Nellie, BD, Jack, Monta, Biedrins, Webber, Barnes, Pietrus, Harrington, Azubuike, and Croshere want to hear about what might happen in year 3 or 4 of the trade in the middle of this fantastic playoff run and Warriors season? I doubt it and neither do I. Had they got ron Artest I think it´s fair to say it would've been a great move because they need a ton of help on the defensive end and Artest is near or at JR's level on offense. But they didn´t.
Moving on Yes it´s a bad loss to a bad team but time moves on. Golden State are 14 games over .500 isn´t a phrase said too often in the Basketball world. I see a split a W over the Heat and a loss in Disneyland sorry the Magic. Time will tell