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Postgame Tidbits (at Lakers)

* I asked Anthony Randolph about his injury after the game. He flashed one of those faces he’s known for, the one where it looks like he’s about to cry. He was clearly disappointed, which read to me like the prognosis wasn’t good.
He officially has a strained left groin. It’s the same injury he sustained in Chicago trying to block a Tim Thomas shot. Re-aggravations usually means something wasn’t all the way healed, which means he may need some time for it to actually fully heal this time.


* Jackson was awful on offense (10 points, 5-for-17 shooting, 4 turnovers, two assists) but good on defense. Kobe never got going, finishing with 21 points on 9-for-25 shooting with five turnovers and two assists

* Brandan Wright finally got to stretch his legs, playing 32 minutes. He was good on the boards, finishing with 10, nine coming in the first half. He struggled finishing though, which is usually not his forte. He’s pretty sure around the basket. Still, he’s got to go harder. With his length, he should get more dunks. He would certainly get to the line more if he went up for dunks.

Wright: “I haven’t shot that badly in a long time.”

* Jermareo Davidson’s finally getting to show that jumper of his, which is pretty smooth. He nails it regularly in practice. Save for that airball he tossed up, his stroke looked easy and fluid. He hit a 20-footer early in the second quarter and a 15-footer from the baseline late in the third. He also drove to the basket for a dunk and converted a follow dunk.
If he can get his rebounds up (three in 11 minutes Thursday), he might can stick around with the Warriors. He certainly fits the mold of the frontline, and Nellie likes big men who can shoot.

* I often harp on the lack of minutes given to Belinelli and Morrow. Sometimes I think Nellie forgets about them. But there were a couple of errors they made that many may not have noticed but they drive coaches crazy.
Early in the fourth quarter, after the Warriors to get back in the game, Gasol had the ball down low. Belinelli was guarding Sasha Vujacic. Belinelli got caught in the middle, easing down to help and sagging off of Sasha. Gasol kicked it out to Sasha, and Belinelli gave a lame excuse for a close out. He practically just turned around and waived. Sasha nails the 3, lead back up to 12.
It was his second weak close out of the game. I think it was Sasha the first time, too. He’s got to know who the shooters are on the court. He should noknow better, being a shooter himself.
Immediately, Nellie called for Morrow to come off the bench. He came in for Belinelli. With like a minute left, the Warriors down 3, the Lakers dumped the ball down to Odom in the post. Morrow found himself in the same position as Belinelli earlier, caught between his man and the post player. Odom kicked it out to Trevor Ariza and Morrow made some half-hearted effort to contest the 3-pointer. Of course, Ariza made it, pushing the lead to six and all but ending the Warriors hopes.
He should noknow better, too. I definitely see why Nellie gets irritated. Of course, several players can be accused of similar transgressions, too. So I don’t think that’s a reason they shouldn’t be playing. But I see why Nelson gets frustrated with them.

* Azubuike started at SF on Thursday, with Jackson at shooting guard. He and Monta wound up as the only players with any kind of offensive rhythm.
Buike is a pretty underrated shooter. He’s got a better set shot than Crawford and Belinelli. He’s also got a nice pull=up jumper. He likes to dribble left, stop on a dime and rise up. He’s got that shot down.
If the Warriors can coax some consistency out of him – an part of that is his teammates responsibility, to not forget about him — he’d be a really good fourth scorer.

Marcus Thompson

  • JustPuked

    So what do you think of Nelson’s comments about wanting to start Jackson at the 2 next year? Azubuike at SF fits Nellie’s whim of the moment. How far down the rotation does that push Morrow/Belinelli?

  • notanelsonfan

    Mags is a joke! 6 points and 5 TO’s.
    Getting really sick of Jax selfish plays and constant bickering at the refs!

    The question should not be on the Crawford thing. It should be about getting rid of Magette or Jax. Jax does not fit with this team. He needs to go to a team with leaders like KG who would certainly give him a earful when he plays selfish basketball!

  • Tom

    Marcus,
    Agree on Bellinelli, he doesn’t play himself into the lineup, he plays himself out of it. As for Buike, that’s all he is: a scorer. He doesn’t pass or play defense well at all, and he’s not a good rebounder. Sounds like a perfect Warriors player.

  • dennis

    hey mr. poole, take that goddamn al “needs 25 shots a game” harrington photo off your logo..it’s subtly cursing us

  • dennis

    oops..mr. thompson

  • johnfree

    Love ya man, but on the spelling front, I am unsure whether:

    - you can’t spell
    - can but don’t give a s–t
    - can but have some weird young-person thing where you misspell for style because it’s cool.

    I’m gonna go with #2 – you run spellcheck and don’t care much whether the result is actually correct.

    “He should no better” appears TWICE in this short report, and frankly I think it is kind of a insult to us readers to leave this stuff in your writings.

    but other than that, keep up the good work, and I love you on the radio.

  • Kyle

    Buke plays solid D, IMHO, esp. against larger opponents.

  • jb

    To: Tom #3,

    Azubuike actually plays pretty decent/solid D.

    As far as his rebounding is concerned, at 6’5″ with almost 5 rebounds a night average (4.8 to be exact)… I’d say it’s pretty darn good for a guard.

    I gotta agree with you on the passing. He just doesn’t have the great court vision, but he’s been improving and actually making some great passes as of late.

  • Marcus Thompson

    Just puked,

    Interesting question. I think it does push Morrow and Belinelli down in the rotation. The reality is, when games count, Nellie is going seven deep at the most. He will use them when he needs a shooter, or some offense. But with Jackson and Ellis in the backcourt, there is little room there. With Azubuike and Maggette holding down the SF spot, where Nellie has said Morrow and Belinelli only fit when the other team has a small SF, there isn’t much room there either.
    Looks like they’ll be spot role players whose minutes are determined by match-ups and injuries. That’s OK for Morrow. Not so much for Belinelli, a first-round pick.

  • Marcus Thompson

    Dennis,

    Please vent on this post. It would help me make a case why the banner needs to go NOW.

    http://www.ibabuzz.com/warriors/2009/03/08/banner-movement/

  • Marcus Thompson

    Johnfree,

    Short answer:
    -I can spell (pretty well actually, according to my fifth grade teacher)
    -I don’t care A WHOLE LOT, in this forum anyway
    -I do have some “weird young-person thing” where I misspell for style because it’s cool

    Long answer:
    Full disclosure: I am tired and a little bit irritated, hence, the following response.

    Since you have so much time on your hand to edit blog posts, I will let you know most of my blog posts are done from my iPhone, usually in transit. This particular post was created while standing in line waiting to board my Southwest flight. I wish I woulda (oops, would have) known. I woulda (Dang! Did it again!) e-mailed it to you so you could give it the once over. You could’ve applied your impeccable spelling and grammar skills to my work. Or, you could realize IT’S A BLOG POST!! LOL. Relax.
    This is not literary work at its finest. There ain’t no chain of copy editors scouring this stuff for errors. (Sorry … A chain of copy editors scouring my posts for errors does not exist). I view blogs as much more conversational than about the art of writing.

    Full disclosure: I do talk improperly. Just how I was raised. So when I am just spouting on the blog, there may be some improper grammar. No, I don’t go back and edit my posts. Don’t spell check.

    Excuses? Hardly. Because if you follow this blog, you would know I don’t make them. When people point out my mistakes, I go in and correct them, have even emailed some privately thanking them for pointing it out to me. I certainly don’t want people to have a hard time reading my blog.

    But that’s not what you are doing. You are trying to prove your intellectual superiority (Of course, doing that on a blog is indeed oxymoronic.) If you were really about correcting the spelling and grammar, or simply giving a bit of advice to the impoverished youth of America, you would point out the mistake, like others, and I would happy go in and correct it. But noooo. You were smelling yourself so much (Sorry, me being weird and young, again; You were feeling so self-righteous that you just had to make conclusions off of a glorified text message, then post them on my blog.

    I would give you the I-will-try-harder-to-do-better line. But IT’S A BLOG POST!! Relax.

    By the way, it take some gall to criticize someone else’s blog post when your comment on that blog post is guilty of the same errors you are condemning.

    Is “Love ya man” not some “weird young-person thing”?

    Doesn’t writing “it is kind of a insult” (not an insult, which would be the grammatically correct way, as you should use “an” before a noun that begins with a vowel) put you under category # 2?

    BTW (more young weirdness), in your last line, you forgot to capitalize “but” – which is the proper way to start a sentence.

    Should I deduce that you don’t know grammar? Or that you don’t care? Or that you are some young weird person trying to be cool? Of course not. Know why? I have perspective. IT’S A BLOG POST!!! Relax.

  • Marcus Thompson

    Dennis,

    Actually, you’ve inspired me to create a new post!

  • http://chriscohansucks.blogspot.com/ Chris Cohan

    Sometimes this blog reads like the rest of the forums…

  • http://cctimes ECJ

    Get em Marcus!

    ECJ

  • Livermore Joe

    One of the better rants I’ve read, Marcus!

    Thanks for all the work you do!

  • PJ

    Markus,

    No need at all to justify yourself to someone writing such nonsense. IMO, this has been one of your better posts in a while, as fans we definitely appreciate your input and your side of things a lot more than just asking us what we think. Thanks again for your efforts.

    Keep em coming!

  • justafan

    Boycot the Warriors until Chris Cohan sell the team!!! and who gives F**K about misspelllledwwoe=daqk
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  • Carlton H.

    Marcus, I’m sorry you felt the need to go off on one of your readers, as annoying as he may be to you. I’m also sorry you are unconcerned about the grammar and syntax used in your blog.

    In the Olden Dayes, we who were fortunate to be journalists took great pride in the accuracy of our facts … and in how we presented them. We also had picky editors who made sure our flubs didn’t make it into print. Everyone needs to be edited. Everyone.

    Your blog is obviously not being edited before it is posted, so a mistake how and then can be expected. We all make them.

    What bothers me is that you have the skills to be accurate, but don’t care. If you don’t care to be accurate with the form of your writing, I have to wonder if you are equally unconcerned about the accuracy of your content?

  • rcg

    Proper spelling is just a matter of respect…the writer’s respect for himself AND his audience, even in a blog. MT, stop being defensive about it. Really, how much longer does it take to spell correctly? As for deliberate misspellings and colloquialisms, no one begrudges you that. You have the option as a writer to express yourself that way if you are trying to use a particular voicing. Like using incomplete sentences. And starting sentences with But. Which is not proper, but is acceptable. Okay? OK. Okie dokie. Back to the New Banner Movement. I’m with ya.

  • Marcus Thompson

    Carlton H,

    If you are concerned about the accuracy of my content, keep following. I have proven myself over and over again to be right and ethical with my work. This isn’t the Olden Dayes. You journalists weren’t posting blogs from a cell phone in the airport. If you and Rcg think me not editing a blog post that I wrote exclusively with my thumbs is a sign that my work is inaccurate or disrespectful, there is not much I can do about that. Perhaps you need to find a mistake-free blog with insider information, breaking news, in-depth analysis, live chats with the players.
    When you do, shoot me a link. I’ll ask them for tips! Or, Rcg, you can not look at it as disrespect, but just the hurried work of a overworked, underpaid, journalist who is still growing in his craft, point out the mistakes and I’ll correct them.
    Naw. That would be too humane, though, huh?

  • rcg

    Marcus,

    I am all for giving you a raise. If I didn’t appreciate your work I wouldn’t be wasting my time at your blog. It’s essential W’s reading. Is that humane enough?

    You must have pretty big thumbs, though. The qwerty keyboard on an iPhone is huge…that’s like tipping it in from 18″, man…if you were on a Blackberry Pearl you’d be like Dalembert in front of the hoop Friday night!

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