What a great game.
But, there were shades of Game Six of the 2002 World Series … the Giants were eight outs away from victory then; the Warriors were less than three minutes away tonight. The Giants went on to lose the series; what will be this team’s fate?
The Warriors fell behind early, mounted a furious comeback and finally succumbed to the Mavs in the end. Strike that. They didn’t succumb so much as fall apart in the final three minutes, which is really a shame, given how great they played throughout the game. They went absolutely crazy from three-point land for a while. We even thought it might be over.
The W’s were up 112-103. Then Dallas scored the last 15 points.
Once the Mavs decided that they were not going to let Baron beat them down the stretch, the Warriors had no answer in their halfcourt sets. J-Rich and Stephen Jackson took poor, forced shots with the shot clock winding down. Devin Harris did his best Tony Parker impression and Dirk hit the shots when they mattered for the first time in the series.
Some player analysis:
- Baron Davis: Plain and simple, Dallas didn’t let Baron beat them this time. Props to Avery Johnson for not springing the double team surprise until the last quarter; it won the game for them. If there is a such thing as a quiet 27 points, this was it. Baron was still stellar, just not as herculean as in prior games.
- Jason Richardson: He led the comeback charge, hitting five threes and finishing on a monster alley-oop. But when Baron was put on ice in the last three minutes, J-Rich couldn’t hit one more big shot.
- Monta Ellis: Another no-show. Someone get that kid some candy or something.
- Stephen Jackson: Hands down, our favorite Warrior during this series. Jack always comes to play. Again, he did a stellar job on Dirk. When down 20+, Jack was still playing hard and yelling. Like J-Rich though, he couldn’t pick up Baron’s slack. Also, he definitely got a raw deal with those last two technicals, which were absolutely ludicrous (especially the second one in the five seconds span). Baron may be the driver of this team, but Stephen Jackson is the motor. He’s Say Hey’s MVP, even if he’s a knucklehead sometimes. How about we don’t clap anymore though?
- Al Harrington: Baby Al came out with energy, hitting three of four shots from the field, but three turnovers and two fouls in 14 minutes ain’t gonna get it done.
- Andris Biedrins: Only played 13 minutes, but did what was asked of him for the most part. Was lost on the defensive end in several key moments.
- Mickael Pietrus: Another very strong showing for Air France. It always amazes us how a 6-6, 6-7 guy like Pietrus seems to play like he’s a power forward. 10 boards in 26 minutes. At least Reggie Miller stopped calling his Pietrius. His big play allowed Nellie to play the majority of the second half with a supersmall lineup.
- Matt Barnes: Barnesy played fantastic. Of all the Warriors, he personifies this team the most: the gritty underdog who sometimes plays a little out of control but once he starts hitting his shots, all shortcomings are forgotten. He did it all tonight. He’s our Warriors player of the game.
So, will this game go down as Dallas’ last gasp or the commencement of the Warriors’ chokejob?
Was this Game Six of the 2002 World Series?