By Marcus Thompson
Saturday, May 5th, 2007 at 11:28 pm in Uncategorized.
This is the Warriors’ first bad break in long time, in my opinion. The more I think about it, the more I fear the Jazz if I’m the Warriors.
The Houston Rockets are tailored to the Warriors strengths. They are slow. They struggle to score. They lack depth.
Utah, on the other hand, have quite a bit of offensive weapons. They can get up and down the court some. They are great at home (31 wins). They are also tough and physical, particularly Harpring and Paul Millsap.
Can the Warriors beat Utah? Sure. But, from where I sit, going through Salt Lake City is a much tougher road than through Houston. The Warriors don’t have as many match-up advantages.
*Don Nelson doesn’t have as much of an advantage on the chalkboard against Jerry Sloan as he would have against Jeff Van Gundy
*Baron Davis doesn’t have as much of an advantage over Deron Williams as he would have against Rafer Alston
*Carlos Boozer, unlike Yao Ming, is athletic and the Warriors won’t be able to use the uptempo style of play to take him out of the game as they could’ve done with Yao.
*Houston is horrible offensively. If Yao and McGrady average 30 in the series, that’s still only 60 points. Houston doesn’t have a consistent, or even capable, third scorer. Utah, on the other hand, have three guys who can go for 25 (Boozer, Deron, Okur; four if you count Fisher) and they ranked seventh in the league in scoring (101.48).
*I won’t have much to do in Utah. In Houston, I had plenty of options. Any suggestions for Salt Lake City activities, restaurants, etc.?