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The Reverse: Spaced Out Blazers

(The Reverse is a recap from the opposite end. Here we have a 101-93 win over Portland, Mark Jackson's thoughts on plus-minus, Jackson's thoughts on Biedrins and free throw shooting, among some interesting Curry/Lee/Udoh quotes. Bolded emphasis on quotes comes from me.) Opening thought: GSW beat Portland by using space effectively on pick and roll situations. That, or the Blazers were too aggressive in putt ...

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Be more like the Wizards

Is it dramatic irony? I feel like I know what will happen to GSW even if they do not. In order to prove a new culture, Mark Jackson will strive to win every game. The Warriors will win just enough to lose their top-seven protected pick, thus maintaining the old high lottery culture. And the Sisyphus ball keeps rolling. Per Hollinger odds, the Warriors have a better shot of winning the NBA lotto (4.5%) than ...

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The Reverse: Memphis Mistakes

(The Reverse is a recap flipped backwards, possibly shaken--like GSW was against Memphis in the 4th) Much of the focus here will be on the fourth quarter, wherein Memphis charged back from 17 down and 7:26 to play. The Grizzlies scored 39 points in the period despite only hitting one shot from beyond the arc. The Warriors gave up nine turnovers, 16 fastbreak points. These numbers speak for themselves in blo ...

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Udoh & the Indiana drought

Forgive me this Ekpe Udoh obsession, but he has a basin scraping 7.3 player efficiency rating while leading his team in plus-minus. A stat like plus-minus is easy to dismiss early on, but Udoh led the team last year as well. I don't believe this to be a coincidence. Though the Warriors recently ceded a close one to the oddly good Pacers, a nice second quarter defensive stretch helped the GSW cause. With Ekp ...

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Monroe vs. Udoh: Better isn’t “Better”

With 6:07 remaining in the game, a hedging Greg Monroe bumps into a dribbling Monta Ellis (whistle sounds). With 4:30 remaining, a hedging Greg Monroe bumps into a dribbling Monta Ellis (whistle sounds). Look, Greg Monroe’s brilliant young career does not completely consist of knocking knees with undersized shooting guards, but I cite this snippet to illustrate a point: Monroe needs work on the defensive en ...

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Dwight and Andris

Per the Hack-a-Dwight ploy, I asked Mark Jackson a question that I already knew the answer to. Coaches rarely say, “Look, I would have made a different decision had I the opportunity,” after all. ESS: “Are you happy with the strategy? Would you use it again?” Mark Jackson: “I’m a flow guy. We put ourselves in position to win the ball game.” You know, I actually agree with Jackson agreeing with Jackson. Whil ...

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Reverse Recap: GSW > MIA

(This recap is in reverse. Spoiler alert, Larry Riley discussing Curry's pronation alert, David Lee saying "Wrizzle" alert, massive Warriors comeback and win alert) Quick, unprofound thought to start this: Basketball is super fun. Locker room chatter Dorell Wright’s locker stall has seen few media members after recent games. Tonight, we’re waiting on the hero. Poking him, prodding him, asking when he can fi ...

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Baiting Ellis

Quoting from last week's post: "Monta gets his assists in fast forward. He’s been getting a lot of them lately, to the tune of an 8.2 average over these opening games. Ellis flies through defenses like an untied balloon, calmly dumping the ball to an open man at the very last millisecond. Monta, the mid-air point guard, dropping vertical passes like so many Zeus lightening bolts. This can’t be sustainable. ...

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