This is how you should start every Monday morning.
I think Barnes jumped after he jumped.
Wonder what went on in Nikola Pekovic's mind when he saw Barnes coming.
Who is this guy? I can block it! I'm really tough! I like two dollar steaks! I can..urghhhh.
I was there at the game and the crowd was rather docile until that Barnes' dunk. The scene exploded like the moment Jacob took off his shirt in Twilight (don't ask me why I watched Twilight). Even the two old dudes in front of me sitting lifeless the entire game managed to crack a smile.
The Andris Biedrins reaction is just the best. Keep an eye on Kent Bazemore leaping around like his warmups are on fire.The whole place absolutely blew up and the Dubs went on to dominate the game in the second half.
Anyways, here are links on the stuff you may have missed this weekend while being forced to hear you cousin at the dinner table talk on and on about his brand new car.
Andrew Bogut's ankle
Around the league
A nice piece by Zach Lowe about the best ball-hoggers in the NBA or worst, depending on how you watch the game of basketball. Here, we meet an old friend. What would Warrior fans rather have right now: an injured center that didn't provide all the details about his surgery or the same old no-defense, ball-sticking ways of Monta Ellis?
And then he comes up with this gem of a tweet.
Trend watch: Warriors are No. 2 in defensive rebounding rate after finishing dead last in '09, '10, '11 and '12.— Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) November 25, 2012
Bruce Jenkins also takes a look around the NBA. The current Pacific Division standings have the Dubs in second place sandwiched between two L.A. teams. Not too surprising, right? Except the Los Angeles Lakers are the ones in third place. Even though Mike D'Antoni made his much-hyped return to coaching, the Lakers have still struggled on defense.
Another update on the new arena that the Warriors ownership are trying to build in time for the 2017 season. I guess the unlikeliness of it being built by then it depends on whether you live in San Francisco or Oakland. I, for one, am excited to have the home of the World Series champs and Dubs right next to each other.
Looking back at last week's games
A look at the Warriors' only loss this week and why it happened. It's hard for any team to deal with the length and energy of the Denver big men (especially Kenneth Faried and JaVale McGee) but the Dubs problems with them shouldn't be ignored. Hence, the need for Andrew Bogut.
The always-excellent analysis of Marcus Thompson as he recaps the game against the Minnesota Timberwolves and argues that Harrison Barnes needs more touches. I wholeheartedly agree with that notion. Remember in the draft, the Warriors were rumored to like Syracuse guard Dion Waiters because of his ability to slash to the basket and draw contact. This differs from the way that Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson play. And even David Lee, because they all drive to avoid contact. Barnes has the ability to drive, create contact and finish. It'd be nice to see what Mark Jackson can draw up with him.