When the dubs get in "uh-oh" mode, they seem to keep digging a deeper hole. You can see it in their faces. The look of, "here we go again." Their lack of confidence is simply too noticeable. And the opposing team sees this. And the Warriors get eaten up. I don't now about you guys but this is what I have been seeing from them since the day CWebb left.
Do you remember those days? Do you remember CWebb, Owens, Spree, et al having fun while playing? Do you remember those 2-man plays where the post player does a spin move against their defender and gets the ball lobbed over? Nellie used CWebb a lot on this play where he simply did one-handed alley-oop dunks. Remember his one-handed alley-oop dunks? Heck, even Spree and Owens got the receiving end. One thing I remember seeing a lot was how their faces looked like. They were laughing, not at the opposing team; but they were laughing as they headed back to play defense on their end. They played with a lot of emotion and guys were just animated, even when complaining about a call made against them. It was a sign of confidence and having fun while playing.
Heck, we saw the same thing during the TMC days. Remember Timmy's swagger? Remember how he just seemed to enjoy playing the game? How he brought enthusiasm. Of course Mullin and Richmond were'nt as loud as Tim but he brought in a lot of excitement.
During Sacto's glory days, they too showed a lot of "having fun". I lived in the Sacto area for 4 years during their best seasons. I saw how CWebb would do simple behind the back passes from the high post to a shooter on the wing with that shooter (usually Peja, Christie, Bobby Jackson, etc) making the shot. I've seen this happen way too many times...as a matter of fact, in my mind, this was their identity. So may times, they even did 2 or more behind the back passes on the same half-court play. They played loose. They did fancy passes, pump fakes, behind the back passes, the cheap things that make you say "ooooh".
My point here is, the dubs need to play loose. They need to play like they're having fun. Playing loose and showing that they're having fun indicate confidence. This attitude gives the opposing team an unknown fear. The opposing team will be like "Oh crap...what's this all about?" I know behind the back passes are so old but the Warriors need to whatever they need to do to show us, the fans, and the opposing team that they are not playing scared. They need to show us they are friggin professionals. They need to run more back screen plays that result in a JRich, Kelenna, or Monta alley-oop. I wanna see more laughter. I wanna see more animation. I wanna see them flexing their biceps in front of the cheerleaders (with the exception of Monta). I wanna see them pointing in the stands (even on the road) as if to say "Hayyll Yeah! Unstoppable Baby!"
Anyway, I hope everyone's taking this loss not as hard as I'm taking it cuz it certainly ain't healthy.
This FanPost is a submission from a member of the mighty Golden State of Mind community. While we're all here to throw up that W, these words do not necessarily reflect the views of the GSoM Crew. Still, chances are the preceding post is Unstoppable Baby!