It's offical. The 2008-2009 Golden State Warriors keep finding new ways to lose. Blwoing a 4 point lead with 18 seconds left isn't half of it. We saw the same things that had plagued the East Coast road trip such as rebounding, no Defense and ability to make no name players look good but this time the Warriors looked as if they had overcome all of these measures and won the game. Alas it wasn't to be
Maggette I can see to this day why Maggette isn't a winner. There were times during last night where the self importance of a poccession never reached his mind. For example rather then drive at Wade and earn some much needed Free Throws to stop the Miami onslaught he throws a Half hearted jumper. The mistake followed his earlier decision to try to take a charge from Dwayne Wade on a play where a two point bucket would mean absolutely nothing. In other words Maggette's failure not to be aware of the imprtance of each poccession or moment is exactly why he's not a winner.
Wade I'm willing to bet that rather then watch the Warriors the majority of the Oracle Crowd paid to watch Wade. He was indeed nasty with 37 points, 13 dimes and some sick dunks. He also contributed to the Rebounding stat. The fact remains that the Heat got way too many 2nd and 3rd chances. All said and done, the Heat had 21 offensive boards to our 11, with 13 of them coming from Udonis and Marion. All of the Heat bigs poured in 21 points as well.
but despite the horrible ending to the 4th quarter and OT there were a few positives. Crawford was immense. I'm not sold on him at PG and I doubt his contract will ever win me over but he did come up with huge baskets. was one of the few reasons that we were able to keep our minor lead throughout the better part of the game. Every time the Heat seemed to get close or tie it up, there was Jamal with a ridiculous drive or a deep three. 40 points and 7 dimes later it wasn't quite enough, but it's tough to rest the blame on the guy that had the buckets when we needed them.
In fact, it's really tough to rest the blame on any of the Warriors out on the floor tonight. They're failure came more as a team than as individuals. When I look at all 8 Warriors who stepped on the court tonight, I can think of a positive notes on how they all played tonight.
CJ was all over the floor in the 4th gaining us possesions. Beans brought the double double train back to the station with a smooth 7-10 shooting. Crawford and Maggette ran offensive clinics tonight. Randolph looked like he belonged on that floor with three boards and 6 points in only 7 minutes. Jack has some dishes Wright had some excellent takes with 15 points on 7-13 shooting. Turiaf was a force in the paint with 5 swats including that monster one that almost landed in the Front Row Seats but alas it landed to Marion who won the game.
We should have won this game. In more ways than one. Yes, we are going to give away games in the course of the season; every team does. But tonight's game, a game that could have ended this losing streak, was not the time to blow it.
It seems like we are seeing more and more games where we are but one small aspect away from getting ourselves the win. Today our failures truly caught up with us in the end. Our lack of boarding throughout the game culminated with the layup that took us to overtime. Our irresponsibility with the ball culminated with the turnover that gave the Heat the ball back with 9 seconds left, followed by the inbound pass that allowed them to get the final lead.
I hope we figure something out because this hurt