Did the Warriors think this was Dwight Howard or something? - Ezra Shaw
It was tragic, but there's some key learnings from tonight's home loss.
I was originally really looking forward to recapping this game. It would give me a chance to bash one of the league's luckiest (not one, but three #1 lottery pick winnings in Shaquille O'Neal, Chris Webber, and Dwight Howard) and dumbest front offices (after what happened with Shaq, how do you initiate a four team deal with Dwight Howard and NOT walk away with Andrew Bynum, Andre Iguodala, or at least some cap relief and guaranteed lottery picks?) in the entire association.
Instead I have to recount how the Warriors were out-coached and dominated in the 4th quarter at home by team that was thousands of miles away from their homebase on the second night of a back-to-back. Worst of all, I have to give Magic big man (I use that term "tightly") Glenn Davis and Dukie J.J. Redick some props.
"No Excuses" Team
Yup, that would be the Orlando Magic. Give them their credit. They were coming off a big and emotional win last night in LA, flew up to the Bay, and kept their game face on. Credit the Magic players and their coach Jacque Vaughn.
Coach Mark Jackson's Warriors on the other hand got out-coached at home. The Warriors had a superior, rested roster that need to take care of business tonight on their Roaracle floor and simply could not. Whether it was questionably not putting any big bodies or Big Baby or not denying a red hot JJ Reddick, I don't understand the lack of adjustments.
When you can't walk away with a W, you have to walk away with some learnings, so here goes:
- My favorite stat of the night is Stephen Curry dropping double-digit dimes 3 games in a row. During the second half of his rookie year under Nellie there were glimpses of a great passing point guard. Whether it was sharing the back court with Monta Ellis or injuries, we really didn't get to see that the past 2 seasons. Here's hoping for more double digit dimes from Steph.
- David Lee is an excellent finisher with both hands. Okay, I know anyone who watches Warriors basketball already knows this, but Lee demonstrated a wide variety of scoops, hooks, and other finishes with his left and right hand.
- Watching Glenn Davis play on the hardwood is like watching a 300 pound defensive end play the game of basketball. Whether it's the slow motion or the odd exaggerated shots, it's just tough to watch. Call the Fun Police because that was not a fun 24 points.
- Harrison Barnes got hops. Curry found him for a big highlight reel alley-oop in the first half. Oh my. Barnes is going to have quite a bit of dazzling highlights when it's all said and done.
- If you leave Redick WIDE OPEN or are slow to rotate over or slow to fight go on top of a screen, he will knock down his jumpers.
- You don't deserve to win a game on your home court when you get outscored 25 to 33 in the fourth quarter and there's a 99% chance you won't.