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Warriors victory over Clippers tells us something

I bet when you read that title you immediately thought, "Oh great, here comes a Monta-hater to talk about how awesome Stephen Curry is and how we should trade Monta and Maggette for a bag of chips."

 

Though it is very tempting, it's not going to happen.

This game does prove one thing though. The argument, "Monta does everything for this team because his teammates are so bad," or any argument that takes a similar form, is not a valid argument. Whether or not the guys we put out on the floor are seasoned veterans or D-League call-ups, they share one thing in common. They are all professional basketball players. They aren't the guys you play against at local pick-up games, or in your backyard, or during your lunch break. These guys play the game in order to make a living.

 

Against the Clippers, every player on the team proved that they are capable of making open shots when someone creates for them. The argument about Monta having to do everything is usually excluding Corey Maggette and Stephen Curry because everyone agrees that they are capable NBA players. However, if you take out Stephen Curry's 11-22 shooting, the rest of the team went 38-57 which is an astounding 67% from the field. It is not the case that these players are bad, they just haven't been put in the right situation to succeed until tonight.

 

The topic for debate should be, why haven't the players succeeded until tonight? Is it because the players that were able to play did so with a sense of freedom? Do they have better chemistry with each other than with our usual line-up? Or is it because Nellie uses the players in the wrong way when Monta and Maggette are available? A great question for even further down the line: Will Monta and Curry be a viable backcourt on both ends of the floor? I don't know the answer to any of these questions, though I do have opinions which are not relevant to my point. My point is that while our team may not have the same talent level as other teams, they are all professional players, and they are all capable of playing at the NBA level when put in the right situation. Saying that one person has to do everything because other players are not helpful can and should be put to rest.

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!

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