Recap #57: Atlanta Hawks 95, Golden State Warriors 79 - Dubs got issues

022511_smith_medium

A fun night! (For Hawks fans.)

SB Nation: Peachtree Hoops | Bay Area | Atlanta


All I can promise you is that what lies after the jump is only half as interesting an my man PMC's recap and analysis extravaganza of Golden State Warriors owner Joe Lacob's recent fan interview. Read it and then JUMP!

The Warriors were flat out dominated at home by a Hawks team that had lost their previous 3 straight. Why? Pretty much the same old issues haunting this team:

Issue: Too many turnovers from the backcourt

Monta Ellis and Stephen Curry can be fun to watch. They can score a ton with plenty of highlights along the way, but as we've heard ad naseum they can't defend the big 2's (and even elite point guards). But there's another major issue if they're handling the rock for your squad. They turn the ball over way too much for the pairing to be viable in the long term. (Note: I'm not advocating breaking them up for the sake of breaking them at this point, just saying they aren't untouchable.) The apple turnover made 9 appearances from Ellis and Curry. The dime only made 10 appearances from the pair. Not going to cut it. Credit the Hawks lankiness and hustle as well. 

Single-apple-turnover_medium

I hope you like this pastry.

Issue: Poor rebounding

What happened this season? I'm not a fan of Andris Biedrins' unfundamental and ugly game, but he's always been a very strong rebounder. At the beginning of the season I thought Biedrins and David Lee would win the battle of the boards on most nights (see GSoM's 2010-2011 Golden State Warriors Preview: A new beginning, but is it smart?). That hasn't happened. Biedrins' 2 boards in 16 minutes ain't going to cut it. Ekpe Udoh's 2 rebounds in 23 minutes ain't going to cut it. Dorell Wright's 0 rebounds in 33 minutes ain't going to cut it either.

Windex_pump_medium

Did Troy Murphy bring some of this from New Jersey?

Issue: No reliable low post scorer

When the Warriors big time scorers, Elis, Curry, and Wright have off nights (11 for 35 combined) the Warriors are in an impossible situation. There's no one on this roster they can dump it down into the post for high percentage, easy buckets. No one. It really does hurt when your $63 million dollar center shows ZERO commitment to working on his low post game, doesn't it?

Quote of the Night

"It’s a little frustrating to me because I wish that we played like this all the time."

- Al Horford

Al- Correction: You will wish played the Warriors all the time. Love your game by the way. I fully support you if you ever want to demand a trade to the Warriors.

Issue: The Warriors can play some HORRENDOUS defense.

428914596_76a1ef815f_o_medium_medium

David Lee's night wasn't the greatest, but it was arguably the best Warrior performance tonight. 20-10 nights need to come more consistently from Lee. He can do it.

The Warriors need to get better. They can do it.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Golden State Of Mind

You must be a member of Golden State Of Mind to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Golden State Of Mind. You should read them.

Join Golden State Of Mind

You must be a member of Golden State Of Mind to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Golden State Of Mind. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9347_tracker