As I watched an (I'll admit it) embarrassing win from the dubs today, I can't help but notice something seemed very out of the ordinary as time winded down during the fourth quarter, as I saw our 19 point lead evaporate to a one point deficit before DWright's three pointer brought us up two with less than two minutes left in the game. I couldn't shake the feeling that something was out of place when I saw Rad check back out and reggie moved to the small forward position. Thinking nothing of it for the rest of the game, I cheered as the warriors go two straight on the road (man that sounds good) and went my mary way to the internet to check up on some of the game stories and the box score. Then it hit me; Jeff Adrien didn't play a single minute of this game.
Now, I'll be frank. I fell in love with Adrien's rebounding efforts and skill around the basket (shut up, he has them). He was an absolute beast during the preseason games when he got the minutes, and I couldn't help but feel puzzled as to why he wasn't playing when the Knicks got two offensive boards and almost tied the game with less than a minute left to play. I mean, why is a prospect that is gearing up to have potential snubbed in return for Vad is beyond me. But it wasn't just this one game, Adrien combined for only 5 minutes in the whole season so far. Five minutes, people. Vad, on the other hand, already logged more than 50 minutes. Please, Coach Smart, get that kid back onto the floor and give him a chance to shine. Isn't that what we did with AMMO, Williams, and Watson?
Right, enough of my badgering for Jeff, let's review our 8 games so far:
What we did right:
1. Offensive and defensive glass. Our big's (and even our guards) finally seemed to realize that whoever controls teh boards controls the game. We have been eating up the opponents on the glass, and stopped some very good offensive rebounding teams (Jazz for example) from getting those second chances. Gotta admit, I didn't think we could go from the second worse rebounding team from last year to the fifth best this year. Gotta wonder if it was just Lee, or the team's mindset.
2. Playing the running game. Honestly, I didn't think we would get much points off turnovers or get as much fast-break points as we would get last year, considering the fact that the Warriors seem much more comfortable running the half-court set now. But old habits are hard to break, and the Warriors still seem to love getting their points off easy transition baskets. Which is nice, since I wouldn't want to take that identity away from the team.
3. Speaking of Half-courts, we run the half court much, much better now. More passing, more inside game.
What we did wrong:
1. Too much fouls. It's weird, since sometimes the Warriors seem to confuse good defense with hard fouls and goes and streaks of plays where they allow deep dribble penetration and then follow up by hacking the driver. Note to the dubs. That's not called good defense, it's called 'need to stop dribble penetration'.
2. Improve on shooting, more specifically 3-point shooting. Everyone besides DWright, and sometimes possibly Curry, really needs to find their shot one way or another. Reggie has been dead on the three point line, as well as Charlie. We don't need to mention Vad, and neither do we need to mention Rodney. Lee has yet to find that nice mid-range shot and I don't even know if Lin can even shoot.
Anyways, I'm very proud of what our team has done so far, and I'm willing to support them to the death at this point (this will change once they drop below .500). Go Warriors, but please remember Jeff Adrien is sitting there patiently on the bench, tapping his fingers while waiting for his number to be called.