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OPEN THREAD: GAME #9 - KINGS @ WARRIORS

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Warriors (W-L): 5-3

Kings (W-L): 5-2

Time: 7:30PM PST

lets hope we see Jrich out there tonite

It's the battle for Northern California!

In their first nationally televised game this season (TNT), the Warriors are hosting the Sacramento Kings at the Oracle Arena.  With millions of people watching, you know there is more at stake than just getting another win; the Warriors need to show that they're for real.  It's like the Warriors' version of Monday Night Football!

Baron Davis has been solar hot almost all season avg 20 pts, 3.6 rbs, 8 ast, AND 2.3 stls just under 37 minutes a game. His play over the last three games?  Ridonkulous (or ri-dunk-ulous!).  Monta continues to amaze us; unlike most 2nd year players, he doesn't seem to be in a sophmore slump.  Who would have known that AB would be leading our team in rebounds, with 7 rbs a game in only 24 minutes per game!  Dun has put together two great games--the Warriors Nation is anxiously waiting for more aggressive play.  

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Hope to see more of this!

Despite all this, we got to  remember that  these Kings are no joke.  Even though they lost Rick Adelman, the Kings haven't skipped a beat.  It's early in the season, but it's obvious that Musselman deserves to be a headcoach in the NBA.  Even without Brad Miller, Ron Artest,  the Kings have been competitive, taking down some solid teams already.  Unfortunately, Ron Artest will be available for today's game (at least what I have read so far today).  Whoever is guarding Kevin Martin tonite will have their hands full; the dude has stepped his game up and is averaging over 13 more points than last season.  Yet, I think the more important subtext of this on-going rivalry is how the former Warrior players and staff manage to end up with the Kings, having productive if not Hall of Fame type careers.  The most obvious being Mitch Richmond and Chris Webber.  Then we saw Sarunas Marciolionis and Billy Owens go in the twilight moments of their careers.  Even coaches like Rick Adelman and now Eric Musslemen have found much success despite their less than stellar years with Golden State.

Another major subtext: It's Musselman's (or 'Musselhead' according Dampier) return to Oakland to face players who may have contributed to his departure.  Several players did not agree with his strategy and were vocal about his inability to provide proper mentoring.  But you can't deny that he took he got the most out of his talent, taking a 21 win team to 38 wins in his first year there.  If you're at the game, show this man some love tonite.

While you're frantically re-clicking refresh to see what we're saying about tonites game, don't forget to check out game coverage by our good friends over @ Sactown Royalty.

Vegas Odds: Kings favored by 4 points.

Predictions:

  • Warriors win by 7
  • AB dominates the Kings non-existent interior
  • Garlic fries are extra fresh at the O!
  • Cheerleaders bust out their best outfits for national television

Make sure to drop your vote for who you think will win and give us your prediction for who will win and by how many points in the Comments.

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Update: Boxscore!

Poll

Warriors win?

This poll is closed

  • 92%
    AWWW YA!
    (47 votes)
  • 7%
    Eh.. I dunno..
    (4 votes)
51 votes total Vote Now