Have We Seen The Last Of The Boom-Rich Backcourt?

May 14, 2007

https://i1.wp.com/images.tsn.ca/images/stories/20070412/Warriors_63665.jpgSo, the Warriors’ situation ain’t looking so hot. They let another game slip away last night, thanks to their now-trademark free throw shooting woes, rebounding incompetence and refusal to play Adonal Foyle. By our (slightly-biased) count, it was the third winnable game of this Jazz series that slipped through the cracks.

But the bigger story might be the potential losses of Baron Davis and Jason Richardson in Game Five.

With under a minute left in the game, Baron appeared to send an unnecessarily harsh elbow to the head of Derek Fisher, the feel-good story of the playoffs. Fisher proceeded to stay in the fetal position for a solid five minutes. A commenter on Deadspin summed up Baron’s stupid move best:

Hey Baron . . . classy move . . . at least no one saw you cheap shot daughter with cancer guy, human interest story of perseverance under trying times, Derek Fisher . . . oh wait, that’s right, everyone saw it

A couple seconds later, Mehmet Okur went up for a dunk in garbage time and Jason Richardson knocked him down with a hard foul. J-Rich was issued a flagrant-two foul, which is grounds for automatic ejection.

Our take is that Baron’s hit was much worse than J-Rich’s foul, because the elbow was (seemingly) random. At least J-Rich’s foul was the result of hometown pride; he was merely trying to defend the basket to prevent Okur from dunking at the end of an embarrassing loss in front of a home crowd. If suspensions are issued, we would be shocked–shocked!–if J-Rich was punished.

Baron, on the other hand, needs to stop listening to that damn Id Beard of his.

Odds that Baron gets suspended: 2 to 1.

Odds that J-Rich gets suspended: 10 to 1.

Odds that the Warriors win the series: 25 to 1.

Odds that Matt Barnes gets a tattoo tonight: 12 to 1.

Odds that Nellie is sober tonight: 3 to 2.

Odds that Stephen Jackson get arrested in Utah after a Game Five loss: Even.

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Game Six Thoughts: “You Come At The King, You Best Not Miss”

May 2, 2007

A little more Warriors coverage before looking at the rest of these so-called sporting events …

  • First things first: Warriors fans have been nervous all day to hear if Jason Richardson (who had some type of altercation with a Dallas fan after being pushed into the stands in the closing minutes) and/or Stephen Jackson would be subject to discipline by the league. Well, we’ve got good news and bad news … And they’re both the same: Jax is in the clear but J-Rich is still under investigation, according to Janny Hu. [Chronicle Blog]
  • Who’s the pressure on? Avery says the Warriors have “ten thousand pounds on their right arms right now.” The statement doesn’t really make sense in the first place, but Marc Stein says Avery sounded more hopeful than convincing. We’re inclined to agree. [Daily Dime]
  • The general consensus around the webs is that this series is pretty magical instant classic. Henry, just imagine if you were a Warriors fan. [True Hoop]
  • As for us, we have to admit we’re pretty nervous about the next two games. Up nine with three minutes left, we had an excellent chance to end the series. Yeah, the Mavs played perfect ball and the refs didn’t help anything, but it was a choke-job. We had the conference champs and blew it, plain and simple. And aside from whistling childhood tunes in a really, really cool manner, if there’s anything that Omar from The Wire has taught us (and Wee Bey), it’s “you come at the king, you best not miss.” Take special note of the final 60 seconds:

The Post-Game Scene In The Warriors’ Locker Room

April 26, 2007

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Nellie: Well fellas, that didn’t go so well.

Baron Davis: Sorry guys. I should have kept my cool.

Baron’s Beard: What the hell you talkin’ ’bout Baron? We didn’t do nuthin’ wrong! The refs screwed us!

Baron Davis: Quiet, Beard. You already got me in enough trouble tonight.

Baron’s Beard: I’m jus’ sayin’ that we didn’t deserve to get tossed.

Baron Davis: Shut up!

Baron’s Beard: DON’T TALK TO ME LIKE THAT! I’M A GROWN BEARD!

Baron Davis: Sorry.

Nellie: Regardless, we played crap out there tonight. We let them control the tempo. Now, as coach, it’s my duty to–

[Monta Ellis starts giggling in the corner]

Nellie: Something funny, Ellis?

Monta Ellis: You said “doody”!

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And Last Night, A Dynasty Was Born

April 19, 2007

It’s a beautiful spring morning. The fog is shining. The drought is over. It’s time to celebrate.


The Warriors: A Retrospective

April 18, 2007

war1.jpgThe time has come. Tonight, the Warriors cap off the regular season against the Portland Trailblazers. If they win, they will be in the playoffs for the first time in 12 years.

12 years.

The longest playoff drought in the NBA could come to a close tonight.

Suffice to say, it’s been a long, tumultuous road.

We’ve seen the players reach new–or unexpected–heights after leaving the Bay. Tim Hardaway had six or so great years with Miami. Latrell Sprewell took Knicks to the Finals. Chris Webber and Gilbert Arenas became bonafide superstars. Antawn Jamison was an Olympian. Larry Hughes is regularly among the league leaders in steals and is now playing Robin to Lebron’s Batman. Damon Jones, Donyell Marshall, Erick Dampier and Jim Jackson have all been valuable contributors to playoff teams.

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Warriors (Got) Beat: Breath Mints 1, Baron Davis 0

April 2, 2007

alt.jpgBreath mints got Baron Davis ejected from the Warriors too-close-for-comfort 122-117 victory over the Grizzles last night. After getting a quick technical in the first quarter for arguing a call, Baron pounded his fist on the scorer’s table and some breath mints that were on the table there got loose onto the floor, prompting official Steve Javie to think that Baron tossed a jar of candy onto the floor. Javie issued a second technical, thus ejecting the Warrriors’ star guard.

The Warriors hung on though, behind a solid fourth quarter from JRich and a barrage of three pointers throughout the game. They took 36 threes. That’s a lot.

But the player of the night was the youngster Monta Ellis, subbing in for the ejected Davis. Ellis, continuing the learn the point guard position, dropped in a nine-assist, zero-turnover night. Well done, young Padawan. (Sidenote: we can’t wait until Ellis becomes an All-Star for another team after the W’s let him get away.)

What does this mean for the Warriors’ playoff hopes? Unfortunately, not much. They didn’t gain any ground this weekend, with the Clippers winning two in a row as well. The Golden Staters still sit a game and a half out of the final playoff spot.

The good news: the Clippers play three playoff teams in a row: the crosstown Lakers, Nuggets and Mavs.

The bad news: the Warriors have to go on the road to face the Rockets, Grizzlies and Spurs. Nellie has got to figure out a way to snap the Warriors’ road woes; they are 8-28 on the road (second-worst in the league). They absolutely must win at least two of three to keep pace with the ClipShow.

NBA Standings [ESPN]


Warriors (Got) Beat: Well, That Worked Out Well

March 30, 2007

In honor of the Warriors-Suns national broadcast last night, we decided to keep a running diary:

10:49pm ET: Just turned on the computer as the game starts. Nothing screams single guy like eating Chinese food and having a beer while typing on the laptop at 10:45 on a weeknight. Oh well. A Warriors victory will quell the depression. They have already scored 15 unanswered. 9:20 left in the 1st Quarter. 18-6 Warriors. Reggie Miller says this is a glorified pickup game. D’Antoni just called a timeout after a JRich three. The Warriors are totally going to the playoffs behind this new small-small ball lineup, with four guards (Baron, Ellis, JRich, Crazy Steve) and Al Harrington. Brilliant, Nellie, brilliant!

10:52: That Team USA commercial comes on. I think of the same two things every time: Carmelo Anthony saying he’s an ambassador to the game. This is the same Carmelo who was featured with drug dealers and, um, witness intimidators in that Stop Snitchin’ dvd and who then sucker punched and ran away from a second-round draft pick? And what is Brad Miller doing in that commerical? They couldn’t get anyone better? Not even Kirk Hinrich for the token white guy?

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