Blog Buddy: Denver Stiffs
The first playoff game at the Roaracle in this series was quite the festivity. 2007 was all about WE BELIEVE, but this time around WE ARE WARRIORS. I was in attendance for every single home playoff game back in 2007. Friday night wasn't quite the mayhem of the WE BELIEVE home games (shoot, I don't think anything can ever touch that), but the ROARACLE was still in full effect.
In the 8 years I've been covering the Warriors, there's been quite a lot of losing if you haven't noticed. Yes, even in the sub .300 times we're still "Unstoppable Baby!" (Marc Jackson, not Mark Jackson), but it's these kind of moments that keep me going.
5 Keys to Getting this W
1) Make Ty Lawson a Jump Shooter
Okay, I know this is easy for me to say sitting in the stands, but Ty Lawson's drives and penetration to the bucket must be stopped. His 35 points on a ridiculous 11-22 FG and 12-12 FT came largely because of the destruction he imposed taking it to the rack rather fearlessly. As a basketball junkie, I have to say what he did out there was amazing to watch. His speed and first step are incredible. No single Warrior player can guard him straight up.
That's where Festus Ezeli comes in for help. More minutes for Festus mean an athletic big man clogging the lane and covering up the perimeter player's mistakes. There was a little contact in the final minute when Lawson lost the ball in Game 3, but credit Ezeli for moving his feet like a guard. If Festus plays more minutes on Sunday, Lawson won't be getting 35 again.
2) Take Care of the Ball
I would've never expected a whopping 7 turnovers from Jarrett Jack on Friday night. Maybe he was nervous, maybe he just couldn't hear anything, but the Warriors aren't going to win many games with him not making good decisions like that. The inbound violation with seconds left in the game easily could've killed the Warriors chances of winning this series.
3) Own the Boards
This might be the single biggest difference between the WE ARE WARRIORS team and the WE BELIEVE team. This team can win the battle of the boards on any given night. In Game 3 the Warriors outrebounded the Nuggets 42-34. Another 1 rebound night from JaVale McGee is unlikely, but the excellent rebounding needs to continue in Game 4.
4) Keep Splashing
The downtown life has treated the Warriors well in Game 2 (56.0% 3pt) and Game 3 (40.0% 3pt) and it's helped them get both of their Ws in this series. Here's hoping for some serious shooting from 3-point land in Game 4 again.
This is where Andrew Bogut's chin-pointing and taunting and the Roaracle crowd comes in. I would hate to play for the visiting team.
Don't miss Nate and Coach Nick's excellent analysis in 2013 NBA Playoffs: Warriors offense continues to fluster Nuggets defense.
WE ARE ROARACLE!
In Game 3 the speakers blasted Oakland/ Fremont/ Stockton's finest MC Hammer's classic jam "Let's Get It Started" as we all rooted on the Bay's team for their first home playoff W since Boom Dizzle, J-Rich, Jack, Al, Mohawk Barnes, MP2, and Nellie were doing their WE BELIEVE thing.
The party has started, so it's time for us to "Turn This Mutha Out!" in Game 4.
Note to the Warriors in-arena DJ: "Just put on the Hammer and you will be rewarded!"
(I'm saving The Team's "It's Getting Hot" remix featuring Keak Da Sneak, The Delinquents, Richie Rich, Humpty Hump, Too Short, and MC Hammer for the Western Conference Finals!)
- It will be LOUD.
- We will TURN THIS MUTHA OUT!
- Warriors 3, Nuggets 1
- That is all.