GameThread #61: Golden State Warriors @ Atlanta Hawks- Welcome to Atlanta where the D-Leaguers play

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Originally posted Mar 5, 2010 3:45 AM PST

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They got a good thing going in HOTlanta. Much respect.

Sorry, Mrs. Jackson. The Hawks are for real.

Warriors (41-18) vs Hawks (21-39)

Tip Off: 4:30pm PST

TV: CSN Bay Area | Radio: KNBR

Blog Buddy: Peachtree Hoops


Forget what happened in the Orlando. (See RECAP: Golden State Warriors 90, Orlando Magic 117 - Dwight Howard double-double + a poor shooting night by Stephen Curry = Easy win for the Magic if you feel like reminiscing for some odd reason.)

Forget what happened in Miami. (See RECAP: Golden State Warriors 106, Miami Heat 110 - The Warriors aka "D League All Stars" Almost Pull the Win if you feel like reminiscing for some odd reason.)

Why?

Well JUMP to find out!

We all know what happened last time the Dubs and Hawks squared off. We welcomed Atlanta to the Bay and showed them Dirty South folk how we hyphy folk do it here in the Yay Area.

In case you forgot...

RECAP: Golden State Warriors 108, Atlanta Hawks 104- Welcome to the Bay

Now do I expect that to happen again this afternoon?

NOPE.

Simply put, the Warriors are not fielding a NBA level squad right now. Don't get me wrong I really do appreciate everything the Golden State D-Leaguers have brought to the table. Their passion and hunger to earn playing time and make the most of it (something that was completely missing with the Warriors "future fours" Anthony Randolph and Brandan Wright who oddly felt entitled to playing time) is unmatched and refreshing to see. It's funny, but both D-League big men Hunter and Tolliver have a few areas, post moves and jumper respectively, that are just superior to the Warriors overrated and overhyped center tandem of Andris Biedrins and Ronny Turiaf. I guess these guys developed in the D-League, while the Warriors big men just got complacent- more so Biedrins than Turiaf.

From the recent call-ups Chris Hunter, Anthony Tolliver, Reggie Williams, to the more recent D-League or undrafted mainstays on this roster a la C.J. Watson and Anthony Morrow you really can't knock the hustle. These guys are trying and giving their all- well aside from Watson on defense (he's proof that steals don't paint the whole picture of defensive tenacity). Throw in Stephen Curry keeping his slim hopes alive for the ROY honors and there's still some fun GSW hoops to see if you can look beyond the fact that this is just not an NBA level roster right now. Just don't expect a winning record anytime soon even with a hall of fame coach in waiting Don Nelson on the sidelines.

Other than that, there's really not much to analyze here.

The Hawks are very good.

The Warriors are very bad.

Anything can happen, but will it?

We shall see.

 

But until game time here's some much deserved screen time for The Human Highlight Film:

Just NASTY!

 

More Hawk-age:


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
Joe Johnson 60 38.0 8.5 18.4 46.4 1.7 4.6 37.1 2.9 3.5 83.4 1.1 3.7 4.7 4.6 2.0 1.1 0.1 2.0 21.7
Jamal Crawford 59 30.8 6.0 13.3 44.9 1.9 5.1 37.1 3.4 4.0 86.0 0.4 2.0 2.4 2.9 1.7 0.8 0.2 1.6 17.3
Josh Smith 60 34.6 6.1 11.9 51.4 0.0 0.1 0.0 3.4 5.4 63.4 2.7 6.2 8.9 4.1 2.2 1.7 2.1 3.0 15.6
Al Horford 60 35.2 5.7 10.3 54.9 0.0 0.0 100.0 2.5 3.3 76.8 2.7 6.7 9.4 2.2 1.4 0.8 1.2 2.8 13.9
Marvin Williams 59 29.8 3.7 8.4 44.7 0.6 1.8 32.1 2.2 2.7 82.3 1.2 3.8 5.1 1.1 0.8 0.7 0.7 2.0 10.3
Mike Bibby 60 27.5 3.2 8.0 39.9 1.4 3.9 36.4 0.9 1.1 84.4 0.3 1.9 2.2 4.2 1.2 0.9 0.0 1.9 8.7
Maurice Evans 58 15.0 1.9 4.3 43.7 0.7 2.0 33.0 0.5 0.6 80.0 0.7 1.1 1.8 0.6 0.3 0.4 0.2 1.5 4.9
Zaza Pachulia 56 13.5 1.5 3.4 44.3 0.0 0.1 0.0 1.2 1.9 65.7 1.4 2.1 3.5 0.4 0.8 0.5 0.4 2.4 4.3
Jeff Teague 52 9.7 1.1 3.2 35.5 0.1 0.4 22.7 0.6 0.7 86.1 0.1 0.8 0.9 1.7 0.7 0.6 0.2 1.2 3.0
Joe Smith 46 9.0 1.1 2.8 40.3 0.0 0.1 16.7 0.6 0.8 78.4 1.2 1.5 2.6 0.3 0.4 0.0 0.3 1.4 2.9
Randolph Morris 22 4.6 0.9 1.6 52.8 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.6 0.9 65.0 0.3 1.0 1.3 0.1 0.3 0.1 0.1 1.2 2.3
Mario West 19 3.6 0.3 0.5 60.0 0.0 0.1 0.0 0.2 0.3 60.0 0.4 0.5 0.9 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.0 0.6 0.8
Jason Collins 20 4.0 0.1 0.6 16.7 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.1 0.0 0.2 0.3 0.5 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.1 0.9 0.2
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