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Blog Question

“After watching POB ball on Friday, I’m sure we were all dismayed by the Warriors cutting Lasme and signing Mbenga. Do you know what is up with that; and, with the Warriors in a money hoarding mode for next year’s big talent pool becoming available, why did we sign Kosta to three years, even though it is not much money by NBA standards?” – Commish

I was a bit shocked by that, but they are stacked at swingman. Will Lasme ever play, with Jackson, Harrington, Barnes, Pietrus, Wright and Croshere? But, as the game against the Clippers showed, the Warriors can use another big man, someone who can at least give them some fouls. When playing against stud post players, both Biedrins and O’Bryant are prone to foul trouble, which leaves the Warriors going small against low-post scorers late in the game. That’s a bad position to be in. At least Mbenga can come in during the third quarter and get in the way, saving Biedrins and POB some fouls.

Kosta was just a wish gone bad. They were hoping his combination of size and skill would pan out. Nellie loves nothing more than a big man who can shoot, but this dude is lost and soft. They better hope he develops quick, because otherwise, he’s going to steal some millions from the Warriors before being shipped back overseas.

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Beans Makes a Power Move

In a nutshell, Andris Biedrins didn’t get a contract extension because he wanted Chris Kaman money. The Clippers gave Kaman a five-year, $52 millin deal, so Biedrins wanted something in the $50s.

The Warriors convinced Biedrins is worth that much, in part because Kaman got his money in a different market than what Biedrins is going to face this coming offseason, plus many consider Kaman’s money to be a mistake.

Is it a coincidence that Andris plays his best game of the season against Kaman. He outplayed Kaman pretty convincingly Friday.

Biedrins: 23 points, 9-for-12 FGs, 18 rebounds, 2 blocks, 34 minutes
Kaman: 20 points, 5-for-16 FGs, 12 rebounds, 5 blocks, 41 minutes

Biedrins’ night would’ve been bigger if not for foul trouble. But adding insult to injury, Patrick O’Bryant came in and abused Kaman, getting 10 points and six rebounds in 12 minutes.

This could be bad news for the Warriors, if Biedrins goes out and destroys opposing centers. That means he could get an offer even higher than what the Warriors declined to pay this offseason.

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0-for-November?

I still can’t believe they lost that game. Since they are in the business of giving away games, you can’t help but wonder if they are going to win a game this month. Check out their remaining games — much tougher opponents than Detroit down two starters:

Clippers – they are a bad match-up, big, physical and they make free throws
@Raptors – they will need this game to salvage their homestand
@Knicks – also big and physical downlow
@Celtics – don’t even think about it
@Wizards – bad defense is the cure for the Wiz struggling offense
@76ers – the Warriors will be 0-11 at this point and reeling
Suns – they usually play well at home against Phoenix, but do they have enough to keep up
@Kings – Sacramento is terrible, so they’ll be looking forward to beating a rival
Rockets – Maybe McGrady will still be out

So, which one do they win? Maybe they get the Knicks game. Maybe. They could get Washington. But can you really bank on the Warriors winning a road game under pressure? They won 12 road games last year. They aren’t exactly Road Warriors.

But then, the home foes are tough, too.

Will they go 0-for-November? That’s not possible, right? I’m not too sure anymore.

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When 3s Are Fallin’

It’s amazing how different a team the Warriors are when they’re knocking down the 3-point shot. They look so much more fluid, so much more explosive.
They made 9 of their first 14 Wednesday, and they almost looked unstoppable. They were shooting better from behind the arc than from the free throw line.
They had a new bounce in their step. They were more active on defense and on the boards (outrebounded Detroit 28-21 in the first half). All because they knocked down a few long balls.
The only problem is, what happens when the three ball isn’t falling.

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Monta the Seventh Man

For the third time this season, Monta Ellis came off the bench, and the Warriors jumped out to a hot start, 13-4 lead. He sat out the entire first quarter as Nellie rode the starting five for 12 minutes, building a 40-25 lead. Nellie’s first sub was … Patrick O’Bryant. He started the second quarter with the starters sans Biedrins. Monta checked in with 9:49 left in the second quarter, replacing Baron.
What does this mean? 1. Nellie wanted some firepower off the bench. With Mickael Pietrus out, the Warriors have one less offensive weapon to bring in. So they need Monta coming off the bench; 2. Nellie is concerned about playing Baron too many minutes (and Ellis, for that matter), so he needs Monta to spell Baron, at least for the early part of the game, considering both will likely be in the game down the stretch; and/or 3. Nellie is getting more comfortable with Monta handling PG duties. So far, he’s been protecting Ellis by playing him alongside Baron, meaning the defense can’t key on Monta.

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Last of the Beaten

As of right now, as the Warriors tip off against the Pistons, Golden State is the last winless team in the league.
Seattle won at Miami to improve to 1-8, and Minnesota hung on to knock of visiting Sacramento and get its first victory in six tries.
If somehow the Warriors can’t beat short-handed Detroit, they’re going to get national attention as the only remaining winning team and not the darlings they were just months ago.

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No Billups, McDyess

The Warriors chances of grabbing victory No. 1 just improved dramatically. Pistons PG Chauncey Billups (hip) and forward Antonio McDyess (shoulder) will not be in the lineup tonight at Oracle. Starting in their place will be Flip Murray and Jason Maxiell.