By Marcus Thompson
Friday, November 28th, 2008 at 9:12 am in Uncategorized.
A little late. My bad. Nonetheless, some observations:
* It has become apparent of late that Andris Biedrins has a weakness in his game other than free throws and post-ups. He struggles against athletic big men. When he is not longer, faster and playing with more energy, he is hardly as effective. It takes a lot of energy out of him to keep up with those types, and he isn’t the type of big man who goes down on the other end and make them pay on offense. Samuel Dalembert, JaVale McGee and Kevin Garnett exposed Biedrins. You don’t realize how much Biedrins got off people overlooking him and not paying attention to him. Wednesday, when a shot went up, Garnett went for Biedrins to block him out. Both Garnett and Dalembert defended Biedrins as if they’d studied his moves, even blocking his little flip shots.
* Remember Morrow gave Nellie “hope”? How is it he gets a DNP on Wednesday? Nobody (smart) expected him to get 37 every night. But how do you have a weapon like that on the bench and don’t use him.
Morrow has missed some shots, but the last couple of games they had been random attempts, not design plays to get him good looks. He’s come in, got one or two shots and come back out. Wednesday, he didn’t come in at all.
How about when the Celtics are going on one of their runs, and the Warriors can’t buy a shot, come in with Morrow and run him off two or three screens? At least put him on the floor to keep the Celtics from collapsing and helping on the hot hands, Maggette and Jax.
* Nobody was bothered at all by Crawford’s poor shooting. He was 5-for-17 on Wednesday after going 4-for-10 on Tuesday at Washington. With Nellie ball, it’s the attacking that matters. It’s making the defense account for you. Crawford is getting assists because he draws the defense. The expectation in the locker room was that he would start knocking down shots. No one expressed any kind of problem with the amount of shots he’s taken.
* What happened to Azubuike. He had score 15 points or more for six straight games. Wednesday, he took two shots. That’s almost inexcusable. For the Warriors to tout about having so many weapons, how is it they are finishing games with rounds in the clip?