Recap: Warriors 101 Suns 105- No Excuses

Coming off a very emotional win against the Houston Rockets, the Warriors unfortunately reverted back to the same ol' Dubs last night. It was the usual script:

  • Warriors come out flat.
  • Warriors get down by 25 points.
  • Warriors make a nice little run and are up by 10.
  • Warriors make a bunch of mistakes in the closing minutes.
  • Warriors lose a close one... again.

Final Box Score

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Look on the bright side- Raja Bell didn't clothesline any Warriors last night!
(AP Photo/Paul Connors)

Keeping It Positive
Okay, it was another textbook loss for the Warriors, but let's take a second and focus on the positives:

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Shawn Marion and Monta Ellis couldn't believe it... FOYLE TO THE RIM!
(Photo by Barry Gossage/NBAE via Getty Images)

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One more time... FOYLE TO THE RIM!
(Photo by Barry Gossage/NBAE via Getty Images)

Um, so yeah. Not quite what you'd expect.

Great Front Court vs No Front Court
Let's not front. The Suns' front court thoroughly dominated the Warriors.

Shawn Marion: 14 points, 10 boards, 2 steals, and 3 blocks

Amare Stoudemire: 25 points, 10 boards, 1 steal, and 2 blocks

Boris Diaw: 21 points, 14 boards, 10 assists, 1 steal, and 1 block

Ouch.

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LL Cool P, but the box score loves Diaw almost as much as Miss SunsGossip.
(AP Photo/Paul Connors)

As for the Dubs, well let's just say aside from Mickael Pietrus (18 points, 8 boards, 1 pick, and 1 swat) it wasn't pretty. Matt Barnes, Andris Biedrins, and Mike Dunleavy combined to score 17 points. The Warriors "big men" didn't exactly play shut down defense either.

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I didn't even realize Dun was out there last night.
(AP Photo/Paul Connors)

No excuses
Sure, Jason Richardson and Troy Murphy were out. Sure, the Warriors were on the second of a back to back. Sure, the refs were calling some of the worst offensive fouls on the Warriors I've ever seen in my life.

But no excuses.

If the Warriors are going to get to the playoffs this season, they're going to need to win games like this on the road, especially against Pacific Division opponents. The Warriors have a shameful 1-7 record on the road right now. It's going to be a serious test of what this team is made of with the next 5 games on the road. There are two very winnable games against the Toronto Craptors and the Boston "overrated youth" Celtics, but the Nets, Magic, and Heat ain't no joke.

As for the Suns...
They're baaaaaack. 13 in a row. I have to had it to them. Last year I thought it was somewhat of a fluke that they made it to the Western Conference finals as they didn't have to face the Mavs or Spurs in the semifinals despite having a poorer record than both. This year with Amare on board the Dallas Mavericks and San Antonio Snores should be scared... very, very scared. I could see this squad winning it all this season. If only they tried on defense (ahem, Steve Nash), they'd have it locked it up.

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Andris Biedrins bows down to Amare as he continues to dunk on fools.
(Photo by Barry Gossage/NBAE via Getty Images)

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After 13 straight wins Suns' coach Mike D'Antoni can hardly contain himself!
(Photo by Barry Gossage/NBAE via Getty Images)

Warrior Wonder
We've seen better games from Boom Dizzle this season, but I have to hand it to him for being a team leader last night. His body language when the Warriors were down early showed confidence and that "let's hang in there- we can do this guys!" attitude. Props on the nice effort and leadership.

Shout out to astute Warriors fan Jason Gurney of Lowpost.net fame for having Miss SunsGossip, representing the SunsGossip crew, and I over for the game. Props to Jason for putting up with Miss SunsGossip's and my back and forth trash talk all night long... FOYLE TO THE RIM!

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