Posts Tagged ‘Golden State Warriors’

What a letdown! After a promising homestand at the Oracle Arena against 2 top-teams like Miami and Orlando (Golden State defeated Miami after being trailed by 17 in the 3rd quarter and hold their own against the Magic, losing only down to the wire), the Warriors tackled last night the 1st game of their road trip in Charlotte. So needless to say, considering the weakness of the Bobcats, that the expectations were high for Warriors’ fans! Actually, those hopes came to an abrupt end: the game turned out to be a real disaster for the team who, to put it mildly, got trashed. Down by 13 after the 1st quarter and down by 20 at halftime… and a final loss 112 – 100.

First and foremost, how can you expect to win a B-ball game when you let your opponent score 38 pts (yeah, 38 pts!) in the 1st quarter? When you don’t defend like that, you walk into a buzz saw and you just screw everything up. 112 pts for the Bobcats at the end of the game, not bad for a team who didn’t score in triple figure since 6 games, but luckily for them, the GSW came into town last night.

Second issue for the Warriors: Monta Ellis had an awful night, converting only 6 shoots outta 26 attempts. Maybe Monta’s worst game ever in his life? It sure looks like it! Bad shooting nights can happen to any player, but when his shot is off, Ellis doesn’t seem to be able to adapt his game and concentrate on other things that could help his team on the court: assists, rebounds, steals, positive attitude, strong defense, draw some fouls by driving to the basket instead of always trying to hit the mid-jumper or a 3 pt shot with 2 defenders stuck in his sneakers… I don’t know but there’s got to be a way not to be harmful for your own team when you are gifted with huge athletic skills like Ellis. No, he just kept shooting the ball and never tried to involve his teammates. When you hit your shots, it’s okay to play individually, but if you struggle on the offensive end, you got to figure out another way to help your team. For instance, you can defend like a leech, which he obviously forgot to do because his direct opponent, Kemba Walker, tallied 23 pts, his career record! Definitely a demoralizing night.

To wrap this article up, I’d like to point something out. Not that it really matters, but since the season kicked off, I’ve noticed coach Jackson always has his hands in his pockets… not a very inspiring attitude for his players in my opinion. I don’t know what message it can send to his players, but not a tough one, that’s for sure! When you’re a coach, you got to show some toughness and body language is truly fundamental.

Today, the team heads to Detroit to take on the Pistons who have also been struggling so far, so let’s hope GS can wipe the slate clean and come up with something good defensively-wise. As a general rule, wins can only stem from a strong defense, so that’d be a good start.

And please make sure the game isn’t already over at half-time… that’d be greatly appreciated!

After losing Baron Davis for the L.A. Clippers, I was lookin’ closely if the Golden State Warriors would be able to re-sign their talented shooting guard Monta Ellis, who was wooed by a great deal of team this summer. Well, obviously Golden State’s staff made it! The 22 year-old restricted free agent agreed to sign a 6 year deal worth $67 million. Actually, it’s one of the most important raises in the League history!

I think this deal is a win-win situation for both Ellis and GS. Ellis, who had a breakout season last year, is rewarded for all his efforts. The guy notched 20,2 ppg last season, adding 5,0 rpg and 3,9 apg. I’ve rarely seen a 6-3 guy grabbing 5 boards per game! It only proves one thing to me: Ellis is a strong-minded dude on the court!

As for the Warriors, they proved they can keep one of their best players. Losing their point-guard Davis was a big loss, but next season Ellis will try to bridge the gap at the PG position. He was used to play at the shooting guard position so far, but I think Ellis can make the transition easily. In my view, his quickness and his passing skills should let Ellis to handle perfectly the transition.

The starting lineup  looks good now with Stephen Jackson at the shooting guard position, whereas Corey Maggette will take care of the small forward position. That being said,  I strongly advise Golden State to add some depth in the paint to be competitive in the tough Western conference.

That’s one of the main transfer in the NBA so far. Baron Davis has officialy signed a multiyear contract with hometown Clippers.
Davis, a nine year NBA veteran, comes back in the city where he grew up. For me that’s the only bright side for Davis. I guess playing for his hometown in front of his large family and of his childhood friends is a good source of motivation for him.
But signing with a rebuilding team like the Clippers is certainly less attractive for Davis! Actually it’s all but a good thing for him. Like every other veteran, Davis only craves for one thing: to win. And it’s obvious he won’t be able to do so with the Clippers, who are still considered by many as the worst franchise in sports history!

And to make matters worse, the Clippers just lost their top scorer Corey Maggette but also their cornerstone, namely Elton Brand.  He was their franchise player since ’01 and surprisingly decided to hit the road a few days ago. Like everybody else, I certainly didn’t see that coming!
While every folks thought Brand was bound with L.A, the undersized power forward finally changed his mind, and  decided to opt out of the final year of his contract. He’ll play ball in Philadelphia next season, and signed his contract with the 76ers last wednesday.

The thing is Baron Davis was completely unaware of Brand’s decision… and signed his contract with the Clippers thinking that he’ll team up with his buddy Elton! Well, that won’t be the case and now Davis finds himself in a very tough situation. It wasn’t meant to happen this way.
Of course, Davis doesn’t acknowledge publicly that’s he’s concerned about it. He talked at length with Brand, tried to convince him to remain with the Clippers, telling him they could create some havoc together… but Brand was adamant. Despite this waste, the two of them remain close friends, though. 

From now on, Davis tries to stay confident and to keep a low profile, and even says that he ain’t disappointed at all! To tell you the truth, I don’t believe him when he says that.
How could he possibly be content with a such waste? Basically, he’s just coerced to cope with his predicament, and that’s it. There’s no way in hell Davis can be satisfied with this awkward situation, especially after his hardships in Golden State.
With them, he was always complaining about their lack of success, was begging for the team to be refined, to no avail. Now he winds up with a rebuilding team who’s doomed to struggle for the next couple of years!

The Clippers are not excpected to sign a valuable free agent, so I hope for Davis that Chris Kaman, freshly naturalized German, will keep making some headway with his new point guard!