GAME THREAD #25: Golden State Warriors vs San Antonio Spurs- I Love GSoM + Dysfunction Junction

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Originally posted: Dec 16, 2009 3:45 AM PST

UPDATE (3:50pm): Warrior center Mikki Moore will be undergoing surgery. Thank you Mikki for stepping it up with Andris Biedrins and Ronny Turiaf out. Good luck with the surgery.



This means only one thing...

the San Antonio Snores are in town... zzz... zzzzzz...



Warriors: 7-17

Spurs: 12-10

Tip-Off: 7:30 pm

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Radio: KNBR 680

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Around the Association: An Apple a Day...

First thing's first. I love GSoM. Since last Saturday on the front page we've had:

Imagine what this place would be like if this team was actually good.

Imagine hard.

Real hard.

Because chances are that's not going to happen for a long, long, long time.

Jump for some links about the dysfunction and some continued preview madness.

Dysfunction Junction

Let's see if anything actually comes of this. The Warriors deserve all the blame they can get, but I'm hesistant to pin this on Larry Riley and Don Nelson as front office men. Officially (or unofficially for Nellie) they've only been in charge since early summer. Give them some time to clean up this mess. The Warriors last front office lead basketball personnel Chris Mullin got ridiculous support from the local/ national media and fanbase while he made one screw up after another during his 5 year tenure here. I'd like to see the Riley/ Nellie duo get another year or two before they take so much public bashing for their front office decisions.

Chris Cohan and Robert Rowell are a completely different story of course. We've been calling them out for years and they deserve all the public bashing possible. It's somewhat hilarious to see so many folks just now calling them out for complete ineptitude. Where were these critics when we were trying to put together a Sell the Warriors campaign back in 2006?

Nowhere to be found.

Is there such thing as a "bandwagon Cohan/ Rowell hater"? To tell you the truth that's what I feel like most folks are doing these days.

We've been doing this for years son.

(Did I seriously just brag about hating the Cohan/ Rowell incompetence longer you good folks reading at home? What's wrong with me?)

The links:

  • Nobody on Warriors Untouchable [Inside the Warriors]- No one on the Warriors should be untouchable. Blow up Mullin/ Rowell's mess. Blow it up. Blow it up!
  • Warriors' new slogan: Buy tickets or else Randolph gets it! [Talking Points]- I'm not sure I buy that Anthony Randolph right now really sells tickets to tell you the truth. Only Warrior/ NBA junkies know much about him. Anthony Randolph is not in your casual NBA fan's vocabulary- for good reason of course. The folks who go to Dubs games right now are the type that would go regardless of AR. Winning, now that will increase ticket sales. Sorry but Randolph is not a big reason an NBA team will win right now.
  • Randolph update, Nelly misconceptions [CSN Bay Area]- Two things you don't want to miss:
Anthony Randolph + Corey Maggette
However, getting to the nuts and bolts of it, Randolph isn't likely to go anywhere unless Corey Maggette goes along with him. I find it hard to believe the Warriors would move Randolph unless they can send Maggette and his contract -- three-plus years -- along with him.

Larry Riley calling the shots in the front office, not Don Nelson
From what I'm told, general manager Larry Riley certainly doesn't clue in Nelson on the day-to-day of what's going on. In fact, Riley makes a point not to include Nelson on everything because he knows how itchy Nelson can get when it comes to this kind of stuff.

If the Warriors do make a trade, Nelson isn't going to be the one doing it. The Stephen Jackson trade was all Riley and the next trade will be all Riley, too.

Oh yeah- Dubs vs Spurs Tonight at the Boracle 

There's really not all that much to say about the Snores and the Dubs. They're polar opposites.

Snores = Winners; Dubs = Not quite winners

Snores = 3 NBA Rings this decade; Dubs = Sports Illustrated's Worst NBA Franchise of the Decade

Snores = BORING for all the wrong reasons; Dubs = Entertaining for all the wrong reasons

To quote the classic Roots album... Do You Want More?!!!??!

Well I know you do. So head on over to the Pounding the Rock Game Thread for some sharp and entertaining analysis on tonight's matchups and keys to the game. You know if we didn't have so much drama to cover around these parts, maybe we'd have time to actually talk hoops like the good people at PtR do regularly.



  • A finally healthy Nellie shows these haters whassup. Actually I'm not so sure what that means- this roster is terrible. What do you really want this coaching legend to do?
  • Tim Duncan goes for 20 and 15 at a minimum.
  • Anthony Morrow finds his shooting stroke again. Chocolate rain ya'll.
  • Richard Jefferson and Antonio McDyess turn back the clock-- not a good thing Dubs nation.
  • Tony Parker vs. Monta Ellis is a sight to see. I'm calling the matchup dead even.
  • Win or lose the Warriors look super fly in these retros.
  • Warriors by... 1
  • Who are we kidding... the Warriors look super fly in these retros while losing.

Spurring More Discussion

FG 3PT FT Rebounds Misc
G M M A Pct M A Pct M A Pct Off Def Tot Ast TO Stl Blk PF PPG
Tim Duncan 20 32.2 8.0 14.3 55.8 0.0 0.2 0.0 3.9 5.1 76.2 3.0 7.4 10.4 3.3 2.0 0.5 2.0 2.0 19.8
Tony Parker 18 30.6 6.1 12.3 49.8 0.1 0.4 28.6 4.3 5.4 79.4 0.1 2.4 2.6 6.1 3.4 0.6 0.2 1.9 16.6
Manu Ginobili 17 23.6 3.8 9.6 39.6 1.9 4.4 42.7 4.1 4.6 87.3 0.8 1.9 2.7 3.6 1.9 1.2 0.5 1.8 13.6
Richard Jefferson 22 32.2 4.7 10.4 45.6 1.0 2.6 36.2 2.9 4.3 67.0 0.7 3.6 4.3 2.6 1.8 0.8 0.3 2.2 13.3
George Hill 22 24.8 3.6 8.3 43.7 0.8 2.1 39.1 2.5 3.1 78.3 0.5 1.3 1.8 2.0 1.1 1.1 0.4 3.1 10.5
Matt Bonner 22 21.1 3.1 6.4 48.6 1.8 4.0 46.0 0.6 0.8 77.8 1.3 3.4 4.7 1.5 0.7 0.2 0.3 2.1 8.6
Roger Mason Jr. 21 17.8 2.5 6.0 42.4 1.1 3.1 36.9 0.3 0.4 77.8 0.1 1.6 1.7 2.0 1.0 0.3 0.1 1.3 6.5
DeJuan Blair 22 14.4 2.9 4.7 60.6 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.7 1.4 50.0 1.8 3.5 5.4 0.6 1.1 0.3 0.6 2.5 6.4
Antonio McDyess 21 21.2 2.4 5.0 47.2 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.9 1.3 64.3 1.9 3.9 5.8 0.6 0.9 0.6 0.4 2.4 5.6
Michael Finley 17 18.2 2.1 4.6 44.3 0.7 1.7 41.4 0.4 0.5 66.7 0.2 1.5 1.7 0.9 0.6 0.3 0.2 0.5 5.2
Keith Bogans 21 18.8 1.5 3.5 43.2 0.7 2.1 33.3 0.6 0.8 76.5 0.2 2.5 2.7 1.1 0.7 0.7 0.1 1.9 4.4
Marcus Haislip 1 3.0 1.0 1.0 100.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.0 2.0
Theo Ratliff 11 8.7 0.7 1.6 44.4 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.2 0.4 50.0 0.5 1.4 1.9 0.3 0.7 0.2 1.2 1.5 1.6
Malik Hairston 13 3.5 0.2 0.4 60.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.3 0.0 0.0 0.6 0.6 0.4 0.2 0.0 0.1 0.2 0.5

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