By Marcus Thompson
Monday, January 7th, 2008 at 9:08 pm in Uncategorized.
You want to know what’s wrong with the Warriors at home? The last play of the first half Monday told it all. The Warriors hustled up a steal and had a three-on-one fastbreak in the final seconds, with Stephen Jackson leading the break.
What does he do? You knew it was coming as he slowed down and gathered into his trademark shot. He pulled up for three.
I know what you’re thinking. If he makes it, it’s a huge shot. True enough. The problem is that he’s going to miss it far more than he’s going to make it. At best, he makes 20 percent of those pull-up 3-pointers. Are the eight misses worth the two makes?
Instead of getting a lay-up, and going into the locker rrom up 53-44, he took a gamble worth one extra point. For what? To gain momentum that would’ve dissolved by halftime anyway?
It’s those type of decisions, the thirst for the big play, that have the Warriors 8-7 at Oracle Arena. Instead of going for the dagger, trying to play into the crowd, make the smart play, get to the basket.
Here’s a stat that shows what I’m talking about. At home, the Warriors average 23.9 free throw attempts. On the road, 27.9. Shouldn’t you get to the line more at home than on the road, where you don’t get the calls?
When the Warriors play the same smart ball they do often on the road, they’re unstoppable at Oracle. Just ask Phoenix. In arguably the biggest home win of the season (unless they pull it out tonight), the Warriors took 28 3-pointers (right around their average) and had 31 assists. They went right at the Suns, taking it to the rim, instead of bailing Phoenix out with jumpers.
That should be the model for how the Warriors play at home.