After that ugly performance, the Warriors are in danger of going 0-for on this roadie. You have to assume they’ll lose at Boston, especially on a back-to-back, even if the Celtics have one foot out the door for Thanksgiving. At Cleveland will be tough on Friday, too. If they go into New York, another back-to-back, 0-4 on the roadie, they might be perfect prey for the win-hungry Knicks.
Anyway, onto the tidbits:
* Nellie all but blamed the loss on the youngsters:
“We played an inspired team tonight. They outworked us, outhustled us and outplayed us. Washington did everything well and we did nothing well. I’m pretty disappointed with how my team played, especially the young players. They all played poorly given that thy have been playing better of late.
“I expect more energy from them and to compete better than what they gave us tonight. Everyone that got in tonight seemed to make some errors. You have a coach that wants to play the young players, but it is very hard to play them when they play like that.”
Is Nellie setting up his eventual benching of the young players? Is he paving the way for a seven-man rotation, excluding Brandan Wright and Anthony Randolph?
Here are the youngsters numbers, in case you were wondering:
Morrow 15:07 minutes, 2-for-7 (1-4 from 3), 6 points, 2 turnovers
Watson 18:53 minutes, 3-for-5, 3 rebounds, 3 assists
Randolph 19:29 minutes, 1-for-7, 2 points, 4 rebounds, 5 turnovers, 2 blocks
Wright 16:06 minutes, 5-for-6, 10 points, five rebounds
Randolph has struggled considerably lately. Not only is cold offensively, he keeps turning the ball over from trying to do too much. But Wright has played consistently solid, IMHO, and they’ve gone away from Morrow. He’s getting a random shot here and there, and they aren’t working as hard to find him and get him open.
* Andray Blatche not only balled, he embarrassed the Warriors. He dunked on Wright and Randolph. He was slapping shots against the glass. He was talking trash and making faces. Dude looked like a beast. He’ll probably go 1-for-8 in the next game.
* He would never say anything, being the consummate teammate, but Ronny Turiaf is hardly getting any burn. He played less than 10 minutes on Tuesday and he’s logged fewer than 15 minutes in eight of the last 11 games. Turiaf is tied for fifth in the league with 28 blocks. There are 21 players in the league with at least 20 blocks. Turiaf, by far plays the fewest minutes (15.8) of the bunch. The closest is Bulls forward Tyrus Thomas, who has 25 blocks and is averaging 22.5 minutes.
So why isn’t Turiaf getting more minutes? He’s averaging 2.6 points on 38.2 percent shooting with 3.0 rebounds.
* Check out this soundbite from Caron Butler about the Wizards coaching change, courtesy of Wizards beat writer Ivan Carter from the Washington Post:
“Coach Jordan will be a lifelong friend and somone I communicate with for the rest of my life,” Butler said. “To see him go, that was tough. That’s why I didn’t talk yesterday because it hurt. But at the same time, now that we’ve got Obama on the sideline with us now, we’re going to ride with it.”
Apparently, he was calling new coach Ed Tapscott president-elect Barack Obama. Check out his explanation.
“Yeah, he’s light-skinned. He has a law degree. He stands for change. He uses big words. He’s new in the district and he’s in control now, so shout-out to Obama. We won tonight so we have hope.”