By Marcus Thompson
Friday, March 16th, 2007 at 8:22 pm in Uncategorized.
I am currentlt witnessing the prime example why the Warriors are a bad road team, why they may not make the playoffs, and why they certainly won’t make any noise if they do make it.
They are addicted to jump shots.
Jason Richardson was 0-for-5. So you know what he does? Takes a pull-up 3-pointer off a curl. Sure, he made it. That’s part of the problem, every now and they (40 percent of the time), they make it, which gives them this false confidence.
They went on a run in the second quarter reclaim the lead, getting up by as much as 10. Baron was on the bench, and the Warriors charged ahead because they got hot from the perimeter.
But what happens when the jumpers aren’t falling. They’re so addicted to the quick fix, the easy way out. This business of chucking doesn’t work when the pressure’s on and the game’s on the line. It definitely doesn’t work as well in the playoffs.
The Warriors are a team of glory seekers. Starting with Baron, seconded by Jason Richardson, they are a collection of players who love to make the big play, hit the big shot. Save for Andris Biedrins, they have a roster full of style-over-substance players.
Where are the money shots and the go-to moves? Where are the high-percentage plays? The most reliable play, other than Baron making something happen, is Monta’s pull-up jumper.
Somehow or another, and it ain’t gonna happen this year, they need to get some kind of ol’ faithful, something high percentage they can always go to — which is where a low-post game usually comes in handy. Whether it’s a play or the reliable move of a few players, they need to develop something they can hang their hat on offensively. As long as its the 3-point shot, they won’t eveer be serious threats.