Andrei Will Break You

The Warriors better learn to pumpfake, or just go for the dunk every time. Because Andrei Kirilenko is pinning stuff to the glass. That dude is so long and such a good shot blocker, it’s hard to get one off around him. He at least forces you to take an awkward shot because you know he’s lurking.
Stephen Jackson was visibly frustrated as Kirilenko made life difficult. Even when Jackson beat him off the dribble, he still wasn’t free.
Kirilenko, who had seven blocks in Game 1, said he caught the Warriors off guard with his shot blocking, because they cruised the lane against Dallas. He doesn’t expect to be such a fly swatter in Game 2.
Andrei: “You’ll see next game will be different. I think becayse they make lots of easy layups usually, there’s no pressure to go in and kick out the three-point shot. I don’t think Dallas did a good job blocking some guys, so next game they’ll be much more careful.”
I was talking to Jax at shootaround, teasing him about getting pinned to the glass so much. He said he thought Kirilenko was fouling him. Then when he looked at film, he noticed Kirilenko wasn’t touching him. He said his reach was so long, he was getting all ball despite being behind Jax.
“So, Jax,” I asked, “What are you going to do then?”
Jax responded, “Dunk on him.”

Marcus Thompson

  • James

    What the Warriors need is some Kobe/Wade calls. It doesn’t matter if they get swatted clean, they’ll get to the line anyway.

    Anyone surprised at how the Jazz can play the running game well? You’d think after playing halfcourt sets all season they’d be rusty in the running game. Even Dallas’ ‘versatility’ couldn’t match the Warriors speed.

  • Jason

    If every game is officiated the same way game 1 was then the Warriors will lose in 5. Boozer pushes guys in the back to get his offensive rebounds and Jackson could have brought Kirilenko up on assault charges at least twice. I’ve never seen a shot blocker knock so many guys into the stands and finish the game with only 3 fouls. Not to mention Harpring who throws more elbows than a WWE wrestler (How is slapping a guy in the face not a flagrant? Defined: Excessive and unnecessary contact. Or at least a technical.). And what’s with teams not getting called for offensive basket interference when they play the W’s?

    Props to TNT for never showing replays of blatantly blown calls. Way to keep the illusion of good officiating going.

    I’d also like to take this opportunity to start the official FIRE DICK STOCKTON petition. Is he not the worst play by play guy going right now? Great career Dickie but, it’s time to hang up the mic!

  • Creepy Ross

    it took watching film for jackson to realize he wasn’t getting fouled? i love what he brings to the table for the w’s, but his constant complaining is really starting to annoy, particularly when the opposition goes 5 on 4 the other way.