GAME THREAD #31: Golden State Warriors @ LA Lakers- From the Yay Area to Holly-hood

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Originally posted 12:15 PM PST

I'm very happy to be writing a Warriors game preview right after a 2 game winning streak against the Sunny Delightand Boston-McHale hookup. Ecstatic even. Something this good hasn't happened to this franchise since... well my memory escapes me.

Anyhow these back-to-back wins were so great that they vaulted/ launched/ sky-rocketed the Warriors to 26th place in this week's edition of the SB Nation NBA Power Rankings which are hot off the presses (or mouse clicks- what's the digital equivalent?).

Sure the Warriors are in the "Dregs of the League" category, but at least they're not in the "Worse than the Dregs of the League" category (that would be the Rock-a-fella Nets). Progress fellas. That's what I like to see. At this rate we'll miss the playoffs with 48 wins in no time!

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Ron ain't the only one sippin' gin and juice at halftime!

Golden State Warriors (9-21) @ LA Lakers (24-6)

TV: CSN Bay Area | Radio: KNBR 650 (7:30pm PST)

Blog Buddy: Silver Screen and Roll

SB Nation: Warriors vs Lakers coverage 

Around the Association: Big Brother, Little Brother

Roll down I-5 from the Bay to LA with your boy AB1 by making the... JUMP!

Thoughts about Last Night

Monta "J" Ellis

The most impressive part about Monta's 37 points last night was how his jumper was just sailing into the basket. It's like the clock was turned back to February 2008. He was stopping on a dime and knocking down midrange J's at will. Smooth. Real smoove.


C-Jay- it's yo birthday! It's yo birthday! It's yo birthday!

I questioned the C.J. Watson re-upping this past summer. He is not a point guard by any definition and is one of the worst defensive players in the league. His ceiling seems to have already been reached.

But last night- man oh man. C.J. was the man. He was an absolute thief with SEVEN steals and a block last night. He was picking the Celtics out on the perimeter and taking it to the house like Deion Sanders back in 1994. +20 for the game ain't no joke.

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C.J. last night.

via www2.yk.psu.edu

I can't believe I'm saying this, but Watson is a much better player than Stephen Curry right now. He should be starting over Curry till that changes- which I believe it will, but just reward the man already. Nellie's meritocracy is how we do things around these parts.

 

Andris Biedrins is Not Ready

God good Biedrins was awful last night. That was quite possibly the worst matchup for him to come back to from such a long absence too. Kendrick Perkins in particular ate him up for lunch and spit him out. Tonight isn't going to be any easier against the Lakers big and bigger. I'd bench the man to avoid killing his confidence. He's going to need a few games to get back to being an elite rebounder and tonight's just not the night.

 

Anthony Morrow passes to... Corey Maggette for 3?!

(See Warriors Web Links for the 411)

Thank goodness the Warriors didn't lose that one. Chocolate Rain, Ammo- SHOOT IT my good man. SHOOT and ask questions later.

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Allow me to introduce you too... Ammo + Chocolate Rain

 

Puh-leaze do not let that happen again... ever!

But props on the diversified scoring and hustle last night.


Thoughts about Tonight

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Holly-


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Hood.


I could go on and on about Ebok, but I've already done that.

Ebok... Ebok... Ebok...

The Lakers are in town and that means the reigning NBA Finals MVP will be in town. Say what you want about Ebok, but this guy works extremely hard and is supremely gifted. Putting aside Eagle Rock, how can you not respect game?

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Respect Game.

Let me direct you to these must-read insights from the good folks at Silver Screen and Roll on his Kobe-ness:

I've met by fair share of dumb Laker fans over the years, but these cats are refreshingly sharp. Keeping rolling off those screens fellas.


I could go on and on about Ron-Ron, but I've already done that.
I could go on and on about Lamar Odom and Kloe Kardashian, but I've never done that and I will not do that.

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"Interesting" backdrop.

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(Except for this one time)


I'll just put it like this. This game is going to be like this classic movie minus Michael Jordan.
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So I'll leave you with this Hip Hop classic:



Predictions

  • Lakers OWN the glass and win the battle of the boards by 10
  •  +/- on Derek Fisher flops = 4
  • Anthony Morrow doesn't pass up a wide open trey to get the rock to Corey Maggette for a three point attempt.
  • Ron-Ron runs into the stands to beat up some annoying Faker fans, but then trips, falls, and hurts his other elbow.
  • Warriors by 1 (Mean Team wins- unless MJ comes to save the Dubs to net a 3 game win streak!)

Pacific Standings

W L PCT GB STRK
Los Angeles Lakers 24 6 .800 0 Lost 1
Phoenix 20 12 .625 5 Won 1
Sacramento 14 16 .466 10 Won 1
Los Angeles Clippers 13 17 .433 11 Won 1
Golden State 9 21 .300 15 Won 2

(updated 12.29.2009 at 12:06 PM PST)



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
Kobe Bryant 30 38.3 11.2 23.1 48.6 1.0 3.5 29.2 6.5 7.7 84.3 1.3 4.5 5.8 4.3 3.1 2.2 0.2 2.7 29.9
Pau Gasol 19 36.9 6.2 11.5 53.9 0.0 0.1 0.0 4.4 5.2 84.8 3.5 8.2 11.7 3.6 2.2 0.5 1.8 1.9 16.8
Andrew Bynum 28 31.6 5.9 10.8 54.8 0.0 0.0 0.0 3.2 4.4 73.0 2.7 5.4 8.1 1.4 1.7 0.4 1.7 3.2 15.0
Ron Artest 28 35.0 4.4 10.4 42.5 1.5 4.2 36.4 1.9 3.1 60.9 1.5 3.3 4.8 4. 0 1.9 1.3 0.3 2.2 12.3
Lamar Odom 30 30.4 3.4 8.2 41.7 0.8 2.6 29.5 1.1 1.7 61.5 1.7 7.0 8.7 3.4 2.1 0.8 0.8 2.8 8.7
Derek Fisher 30 27.4 2.6 6.8 38.5 0.9 2.6 32.9 1. 0 1.1 91.2 0.4 2.1 2.5 2.9 1.2 1.2 0.2 2.8 7.2
Shannon Brown 30 17.6 2.5 5.6 44.6 0.7 2.0 35.0 0.9 1.3 73.7 0.3 1.7 2.0 1.1 0.7 0.6 0.1 1.6 6.6
Jordan Farmar 30 17.0 2.4 6.0 40.2 0.8 2.6 32.5 0.7 1.0 69.0 0.3 1.5 1.8 1.9 1.0 0.8 0.1 1.1 6.3
Luke Walton 9 10.6 1.6 3.7 42.4 0.6 0.9 62.5 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.4 1.2 1.7 1.9 0.7 0.6 0.0 0.8 3.7
Josh Powell 24 9.9 1.5 4.0 38.5 0.2 0.5 36.4 0.3 0.3 85.7 0.8 1.0 1.7 0.6 0.4 0.3 0.1 1.3 3.5
Adam Morrison 17 7.7 1.0 2.9 34.7 0.2 0.7 25.0 0.2 0.4 50.0 0.5 0.9 1.4 0.5 0.3 0.1 0.1 0.8 2.4
Sasha Vujacic 29 7.4 0.8 2.0 39.7 0.4 1.0 41.4 0.2 0.2 100.0 0.2 0.8 1.0 0.4 0.3 0.2 0.0 0.6 2.2
Didier Ilunga-Mbenga 18 8.4 0.9 2.4 36.4 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.1 0.4 28.6 0.9 1.6 2.5 0.2 0.3 0.2 0.9 1.4 1.9


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