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Game #4: Clippers 118, Warriors 90

UPDATE: I’m hearing too that Charlotte has shown interest in trading for Jackson, but there is nothing serious, not yet anyway. The Bobcats haven’t presented an offer that the Warriors really like. The Bobcats have not offered Boris Diaw, which is probably the player the Warriors would be most interested in. I know from Jackson’s camp that Charlotte is not a place Jackson wants to go. If those talks persist, don’t be surprised if Jackson tries to scare the Bobcats away from a deal before they sign on for a trade.

Monta Ellis — hunched over in his seat, trying to contain his frustration — summed up Friday night’s game in a way that gives this debacle complete justice.

ELLIS: “We all should be embarrassed. This is a terrible game, terrible performance. We looked like we didn’t know what we were doing out there. We looked like a high school team. We didn’t do anything. … I couldn’t tell you what it was. I just know that’s not how I want to play basketball.”

It was so bad, Ellis called it the worst game he’s played in during his four-plus seasons as with the Warriors. It was so bad, Nellie admitted he was embarrassed after the game. It was so bad, guard C.J. Watson questioned the direction of his life.

quietstorm_32: “Just realized my life has taken a 360 spiral downward. LOL. Don’t know what I did but, man, not looking so good. LOL. Back to the drawing board.”


It was so bad, swingman Stephen Jackson seemed to enjoy some sort of I-told-you-so moment. Technically, he declined to say “I told you so.” When asked if this is what he was worried about, he backed off and said he wasn’t going to say that. But his body language and his message screamed “I told you so.”

Jackson: “A lot of things went wrong. I’m going to leave it up to the coaches. I’m not going to stress myself out over this, you know what I mean? I’m not. Just got to go out there and do my job and do my work out there. I’m not going to get beat up by it. I know a couple years ago, when we had Baron and all those guys, I would upset right now losing by 30. Right now, it’s not bothering me. … I leave that up to the people who make the changes. I mean, everybody sees how we’re playing. Everybody sees the team. I’m not the one to make the decisions. Everybody knows how I feel. I’m just going to go out there and do my job, try to be as positive as I can. As I can. And right now I think I’m doing a good job. I don’t have any techs — yet. I’m in a good mood right now after getting beat by 60. So hey, I’m doing good for myself right now.”

It was so bad, Monta subconsciously conceded the Warriors were lottery bound again.

ELLIS: “We’ve got 79 more, 78 however many more we’ve got.”

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It’s hard to pinpoint what went wrong. First and foremost, the defense was downright offensive.
Especially in the second half, Baron and Chris Kaman had their way with the Warriors. In the first half, Eric Gordon was scoring like he was playing against a 7th grade CYO squad.
The Clippers wound up shooting 57.9 percent for the game.

ELLIS: “It’s an NBA team. They’ve got NBA players. They’ve got players who can make plays. They’re not trash. They probably had a couple bad games.”

But nobody ever expected the Warriors to be good defensively. The expectation was that they would be able to score. But this offense is so out of sync, if not incapable.
Stephen Jackson missed at least four WIDE OPEN people. Azubuike was all alone behind the defense and prime for a lob. Jax didn’t lob it, instead pulled up for 3. Once, he was getting double teamed on the left low block (actually he dribbled into a trap). He drove towards the top and the double team followed him, leaving Morrow all alone in the corner. Jax forced a drive to the middle instead of kicking to Morrow.
Another time, he dribbled middle and the weakside helper followed him, leaving Randolph all alone for a sure dunk. Jax didn’t get him the ball. Then, one one of his hard drives to the left, he had Morrow all alone in the corner. Instead, Jax kept going to the rack and wound up unsuccessfuly trying to draw a foul.
Then there’s Maggette, who really let his hot shooting in the preseason go to his head. It’s unbelievable how he’s making a habit out of abandoning the part of his game that makes him worthwhile. He was 2-for-7 tonight. The two came on drives to the basket. He took four shots from 20 feet or deeper, all bricks.
Then there is Ellis. His head-down-into-traffic drives are tolerable and expected. But getting ripped twice at half court is unacceptable.
Nelson has gone small, making the Warriors vulnerable to defense, so the Warriors can be better at ball movement and more explosive offensively. Save for the easy time they had against Memphis, perhaps the second-worst defense in basketball, the Warriors offense has looked pained at best.

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Randolph didn’t do himself any favors this night. Certainly, part of the reason is because he has no idea how long he’s going to play or which mistakes he can make. He’s caught between trying to do enough to prove he belongs out there, all the while trying not to make mistakes.
He’s not doing that good of job at the task.

JACKSON: “We have different line-ups every night, guys don’t know how many minutes they’re going to play, when they’re coming out… There’s stuff we’ve got to get more concrete. It’s not anybody to blame. You’ve just got to figure it out as a team from top to bottom. … It’s going to be hard when you have a whole bunch of young guys, because they’re trying to figure their game out, let alone what their role is”

His offense looks uncoordinated at best. He is committing a lot of fouls on defense and he’s getting ridiculous with the goal-tending. But he is rebounding better of late and he drew five charges Friday.
Was asking around and several are saying this latest rift between Randolph and Nellie isn’t Nellie’s fault. Randolph’s attitude and lack of humility is keeping him from excelling on the court.
Randolph has vowed to keep his mouth shut and he’s trying hard not to say the wrong thing. But even that is on a defiant tip. And Nellie, with his fare share of ego, isn’t going to take any attitude from some second-year player who has talent but still needs a lot of work.
But, from what I was told, Randolph is acting as if he’s arrived, like the summer league and first part of preseason earned him a starting spot, big minutes and some leniency. The moment he realizes he’s got to grind like he was this summer, and be coachable, he’s going to take off, insiders tell me.
There is a risk that the relationship deteriorates to the point of irreconcilable. We are talking about two extremely proud men, here.

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Curry fouled out without having much impact. Gordon and Baron posted him up. They ran him off screens, played him physically. The scouting report on Curry is definitely making the rounds. Expect teams to try to pound him in submission.

CURRY: “In four or five years, I’m going to be looking at the rookie, saying ‘go at him until he proves himself.’ So I take it as a challenge, to work hard. I think I gave a great effort out there. Just calls didn’t go my way. Kind of got exploited down low.”

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The machine that is TK transcribed the postgame interviews. It is great reading.

Marcus Thompson