By Marcus Thompson
Wednesday, January 28th, 2009 at 10:09 pm in Uncategorized.
* Jax was all alone tonight. The Mavericks had a hard time guarding him. He just didn’t have any help. After dropping 14 in the first quarter, he took just three shots in the second. But no one else picked up the slack. Maggette was 3-7, which is not horrible. Ellis was 1-4. No one else scored more than two points.
* The one thing that stood out to me was Jamal Crawford’s play. Who was that? Where was the guy who averaged 28.6 points over eight games?
The problem: he’s too nice.
Crawford was deferring like low-level secretary. I don’t know if it’s because of his knee or because he didn’t want to offend Monta – just like he didn’t want to upset Jackson and Maggette when he first came – but he took six shots in 23 minutes. That’s not good. Only three came in the first half, with the Warriors trailing by 20.
The Warriors’ only hope is to outscore teams. They can’t afford to have two of their key guys off. They can barely afford to have one off. That means they can’t afford Crawford to just not be part of the offense. He needs to force Dallas to guard him, help even. There’s no need when he takes six shots and all of them are jumpers.
Maggette on Crawford: “We really didn’t practice with us, and have an opportunity to play in the starting lineup for the past four or five days. So we need to get used to him coming back and doing what he does.”
* Biedrins was outplayed by Erick Dampier. Straight up. Damp had 10 and 11 with two blocks. Biedrins had 4 and 11 and missed seven of his nine shots.
* Seven picks ahead of Monta Ellis in the 2005 draft was Brandan Bass out of LSU. I think it’s fair to say he joins Monta, Andray Blatche and Ronny Turiaf as the second-round jewels of that draft. Then again, maybe he just owns the Warriors. He had 16 and 11 with three assists and two blocks on Wednesday night.
* Corey has topped 20 in five of his last six games after putting up 21 off the bench. Wednesday’s doesn’t really count, as he had nine in the fourth quarter with the game out of reach. But he’s averaging 21.7 points on 57.4 percent shooting over the last six.
* The defense was atrocious. Terry and Howard found themselves wide open several times. Even Dirk had some uncontested looks. And the help defense was late just about every time.
Jackson: “They got a whole bunch of open looks. We had a lot of defensive errors.”