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Home Sweet Home, They Hope

The Warriors still haven’t played well yet. Jason Richardson hasn’t showed up, at least not the scorer we’re used to. Mickael Pietrus has been non-existent. Baron and Harrington weren’t very good in Game 2.
The Warriors still haven’t put a complete game together like they did the final month of the season.
That sounds like a good thing, if you think they will get it together at home. That’s cause for concern if you’re that the intensity of playoff basketball will prevent them from playing at that high level.
Certainly, their love of the jump shot hurt them in Game 2. They were in the bonus several times and failed to get to the basket. They weren’t getting any calls, but they still needed to keep pushing the agenda.
At Oracle, their jumpers had better be falling. If they are, Dallas doesn’t stand a chance. If they don’t, Dallas will almost assuredly get that one win in Oakland they need.
Will Pietrus’ corner shot fall? Will Richardson’s shot come back? Will Al return to being a 3-point marksman? Will their fastbreak return?
Oracle, here they come.

Marcus Thompson

  • Justin W.

    I really do hope they restablish their game once they return to Oracle but I’m not sure if they will The two reason they may not are Richardson and Harrington.

    Richardson’s shooting is hampered by is inability to beat folks off the dribble. He’s always needed to improve his ballhandling but since the knee injury he seems even less steady when he has to make a move. His turnovers have come from failing to dribble past a defender and loosing the ball. I think Avery and the Mavs know that and play him up close as a result. He wouldn’t be getting all the shots that he has been if he weren’t such a versital player to begin with. At least his D is up another level… I wish J-Rich, for his sake, fealt as healthy as he did last year!

    Harrington’s issue is that Nellie has been using him at an unnatural position, which appears to be affecting his confidence. I’ve heard him say something like, “I’m too big for the 3′s and too quick for the 4′s…”, meaning that feels like a good match-up against fowards. Centers on the other hand are all bigger than him and he’s been asked to play them close to the basket! He’s been a trooper to do it this long. For this series, I think Nellie should play Bedrins and Powell or Foyle at Center more often so Al can go back to his spot and knock down some tre’s or drive for a duce.