Warriors (W-L): 16-12
Timberwolves (W-L): 4-22
TV: FSN Bay Area Plus
Radio: KNBR 680
This is THE BIGGEST GAME OF THE SEASON!
It's DJ MBenga BIG!
Did I get your attention? If so, then make the jump!
Stay tuned for the Recap!
Okay, we all know this should be the easiest win of the year. Kevin McHale's product is the worst in the league by far and unless they get lucky in the 2008 NBA Draft the TWolves probably won't sniff the playoffs for the next decade. How this former power forward legend still has a job after getting caught cheating, wasting the majority of Kevin Garnett's career, and assembling the worst team in the league right now is beyond me. Makes you wonder what kind of dirt McHale has on Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor. Or makes you wonder if Taylor has an under the table ownership stake in the Boston Collusion- I mean Celtics. Kevin McHale was my preseason pick for NBA Executive of the Year and with the Celtics playing elite level ball it looks like that was a shockingly wise choice.
So you're probably asking why I called this "THE BIGGEST GAME OF THE SEASON!" before the jump when I just called it the easiest win of the year and justifiably trashed the TWolves organization and their mismanagement team. To tell you the truth I was just messing around (yes, I know- how could I do something like that?!). But now that I think about it, tonight's festivity is a big one. As I noted in this week's Counting W's segment over at The W Column on FSN Bay Area the Warriors could lose this one in embarrassing fashion if they gift wrap some career nights to the Timbersmurfs:
Good god no.
Will any of that happen? Let's closely examine the probability one by one:
Al Jefferson could easily give the Warriors a scare and go 20-20.
Probability: 50% unless DJ Banger bullies him around. The Warriors are Charmin soft inside right now. Ahem, Chris Kaman, Carlos Boozer, Dwight Howard, Andrew Bynum, Joel Przybilla, Matt Bonner (gulp), and Josh Boone.
Rashad McCants could drop 20+ points.
Probability: 75% if he's fully recovered from the flu that's kept him out of the past 2 TWolves games.
Craig Smith could eat up the Warriors' interior and muscle his way for a big double-double.
Probability: 100% if double-double means Double Whopper with cheese.
Antoine Walker could turn back the clock for a little shimmy shake and a few treys.
Probability: 0.5%, but while we're here aren't you surprised McHale hasn't cut Toine yet so he could help the Celtics?
Sebastian Telfair could drop double digit dimes.
Probability: 10% if he doesn't have to attempt to guard Baron Davis and avoids foul trouble.
Corey Brewer could go 10-5-5.
Probability: 7%, but make no mistake Brewer is going to be an excellent all-around player in 2-3 years.
Mark Madsen could come back to the Bay Area and do some bizarre victory dance on the Roaracle Arena floor.
Probability: 0.2%- Never say never, but um... no.
If the Warriors can stop all 7 of those above nightmares from happening I'll give them some major props in the recap and call it a big win. If they let 2-3 of them happen and they still collect the W I'll call it a good win. If 4-6 of them happen and they win I'll call it... just a win. If all 7 of them happen and the Warriors still win, I'll call it an embarrassing win (especially with Mad Dog celebrating- uhhh). And if the Warriors lose regardless of how many of the above big nights happen I'll call it a big loss.
Plain and simple, let's get this easy W.
Also check out:
- Facing the T-Wolves Part 2 (muritqua)
- Q&A: TWolvesBlog
- Golden State Of Mind Q&A [TWolvesBlog]
Before we leave I wanted to send a special shout out to Chris Murphy and the Golden State Warriors organization. Their holiday present to the GSoM Crew this season is a luxury box at tonight's game to house our first ever GSoM Holiday Party. I wish we could invite everyone, but something tells me the Oakland Fire Department isn't going to be too happy about 6,000+ unstoppable baby GSoMers going hyphy in a box intended for 16 people. But if you're going to tonight's game and you bump into any of us make sure to holla. (We're the really good looking guys in stylish threads by our exclusive fashion designer Tony.psd.) If you're going to be watching the game from home on FSN Bay Area you will definitely be with us in spirit as we get this W!
- Warriors by 10, meaning we will not have to witness any of the following tomfoolery:
- Nellie doesn't have to play Baron Davis, Monta Ellis, or Stephen Jackson more than 33 minutes each.
- Al Jefferson gets at least 20-10 with 2 blocks sprinkled in.
- Nellie plays Marco Polo and pops in Do the Wright Thing into the DVD player for at least 7 minutes tonight.
- In the unlikely event that the TWolves win this game, Mark Madsen and the Timberwolves return to a parade in Minneapolis with the Mad Dog dropping a speech that tops his 2001 Lakers Championship one.
That's one crazy bilingual mad dog.
- The GSoM crew and friends are the only ones who get hyphy in the luxury box section!
Throw Up That W!
Drop your predictions and live game thoughts in the comments. Let's get this open thread jumping!