By Marcus Thompson
Friday, November 28th, 2008 at 10:25 pm in Uncategorized.
You know it’s a bad night when C.J. Watson leads the team in scoring (17). Nothing against C.J., but if he’s the Warriors’ answer to LeBron James, then you’re getting blown out. And that’s exactly what the Warriors got – blown out!
* I don’t think Maggette touch the rim all night. Either he swished all net (on his three made field goals) or he airballed. He went from 32 points at Boston to 11 points at Cleveland. He is hardly driving at all, just shooting jumpers. That combined with at least three air balls on Friday is a sign that his hammy is still bothering him.
* Jackson was especially irritated after the game. He was devouring a slice of pepperoni pizza while he was expressing his obvious frustration.
“Pizza good,” he said before answering questions.
Can you stay positive without winning?
“You have to. that’s all you can do at this point.”
Can you pinpoint what’s going wrong?
“I have no clue what’s going on. Your guess is as good as mine. I don’t even know.”
How do you go from good offense at Boston to such bad offense at Cleveland?
“We weren’t passing the ball. When we share the ball, good things happen. When everybody’s out there for self, we ain’t going to win like that. We don’t play like that. When we have success, we share the ball, we pass to the open man. We have everybody looking for the open man. We wasn’t doing that tonight.”
Is that the fault of the youngsters or the vets?
“Nah. Coach came in and said the youngsters are looking at us and not doing it, so I guess it’s us. I thought I was leading the team in assists, wasn’t I? So I know it ain’t me.”
Do you guys go into games knowing what to do?
“We have to know bevcause taht’s what we go thorugh teh gamea plans before the game and shootraoud. And to come out in the game and not to remember nothing, what were we doing at shootaround? We’re always prepared to play. It’s just about us bringing the game plan to the game. We haven’t done that.”
Last year’s team showed it could bounce back from a losing streak. Are you worried with this team it could get really bad?
“I’m going to try and stay positive and say it won’t get bad, but we can’t keep saying we’re going to get the next one. We can’t keep relying on that. You got to actually do it. It can get bad, but hopefully we come out tomorrow with the attitude of not letting us come on a road and not win a game.”
*If the Warriors don’t win at the Knicks, it could get really bad. This five-game skid could get to 10. After New York, the Warriors host Miami, visit Houston and San Antonio before playing at Oklahoma City. Miami is a solid .500-type 10 that just won at Phoenix. The Rockets and Spurs are bonafide playoff teams. That could be nine consecutive losses heading into OKC. At that point, you couldn’t rule out a win by the Thunder, who would be licking their chops to get a win against the struggling Warriors.
In other words, the Warriors need a win bad at New York.
* Nellie offered up the youngsters as sacrifice again. Not as blatant, but certainly unsolicited. It’s kind of like a built in excuse.
Is it to the point where you don’t know what you’re going to get from night to night?
“I think that’s true with any young team. You’re not really sure. You play one player in there, you know, you compensate. You have two young ones in there, it makes it very difficult. One of them probably always probably always making some sort of an error. But it’s not just the young guys. Our ball movement wasn’t crisp. Then we had too many turnovers and not enough rebounds. But they’re one of the best teams, too, so uh, take that into account.”
At least for this night, his vets cost him. It was Jack and Corey combining to go 5-for-22 for 22 points. It was Goose getting outplayed by Zydrunas Ilgauskas. It was Crawford committing five turnovers getting an untimely technical foul (though he was hacked and it wasn’t called).
* Here’s one thing I don’t understand. Cleveland is on a run. The Warriors couldn’t stop them with the plague. What’s more, they couldn’t score. Another of their usual third-quarter droughts. Wouldn’t that be the perfect time to put in Morrow and/or Belinelli for some instant offense? Not just put them in, but run something for them, get them so good looks. Isn’t that better than turnaround jumpers by Jackson and pull-up 3s from Maggette? How many times does the iso on the low block need to fail before they go to more efficient methods? Teams are just helping on Maggackson, even double-teaming. You need other weapons to open it up. Put Morrow and Belinelli in the game and make the defense pick their poison. And don’t yank them after they go 0-for-2, but make sure they get 4 or 5 good looks.
I know. I know. They can’t play defense. But it ain’t like the starters were locking down the Cavs. Do you need Maggette and Jackson and Azubuike in the game (combined for 8-for-30) at the same time? Take one of them out, even two and see if you can get something going on offense, IMHO.
Nellie finally did put them in, early in the fourth quarter. Unfortunately for the Warriors, the game was already over.