What started out looking like a season of promise has quickly turned into one of depression. Is it just me, or are the Warriors now bad and boring? And do they seem like they’re indifferent as well? It’s one thing to lose to the surging Spurs at home, but last night against the Suns was a game they should’ve won, but didn’t, falling 107-101 and seeing their record dip to 8-11.
The Suns are without Amare Stoudemire, who took his talents to New York and left Phoenix with a gaping hole in their frontcourt. Yet Golden State couldn’t do anything about it. David Lee and Andris Biedrins should’ve been able to dominate the soft Suns but didn’t, partly because Biedrins was under the weather. This might explain why watching the game made me feel sick.
Every team is going to turn the ball over, but the Warriors do it at the most inopportune times, and in such a casual way you want to scream. Twice, with the game well within reach, the Warriors gave the ball away. Steph Curry sent an underneath, lazy pass to nobody in particular—okay, Jared Dudley, if you want to be accurate—and Monta Ellis had a mental lapse and ended up double dribbling when he was trying to hand the ball to Lee. Nothing major, but not plays good teams make when games are being decided.
Ellis was spectacular, finishing with 38 points on an array of acrobatic shots, but besides Lee (who had 25 points and 8 boards), nobody else did much of anything, particularly Curry, who had both his eyes scratched on a play early in the game. Maybe they did him a favor so he wouldn’t have to see how the game was being played.
The consensus around the league is that anyone who was on this summer’s World Championship Team is a better player for it, and while I’m not making a case against that assumption, Curry isn’t playing very well. His less than 2:1 assists-to-turnovers ratio is jarring, as is his constant foul trouble. People keep claiming it’s because he’s guarding quicker point guards than he’s used to, but who did he guard last year, besides nobody?
Look, I love Curry, and I’m thrilled the Warriors didn’t send him to Phoenix on Draft Day 2008. And I realize that the transition from Don Nelson’s system to Keith Smart’s–where the point guard is more a facilitator than a first option scorer–is going to take some time. It’s just that right now it’s painful to watch.
One might even say depressing.
About the Author
Written by Scott Johnston
Scott Johnston is a longtime Sports TV Producer/Writer from Los Angeles who now lives just outside of Boston. After a long career at KCAL-TV in L.A., where Scott covered such things as Kirk Gibson’s HR, Hank Gathers death, and Magic Johnson’s retirement, NBA ll-Star Game MVP performance and subsequent return to the NBA. His favorite team is the Oakland A’s and whomever happens to be playing the Yankees, USC or the Cowboys on that particular day. Scott left his staff position at KCAL and formed his own small production company in 1996 while continuing to freelance there and at other stations, including WTTG in DC for two years. His company, ProTVSports, started out covering one team during Spring Training in 1997 but now covers six of the Cactus League teams. He also covers tennis and golf events during the year and has had the privilege of covering 5 NBA Finals, including two of the last three. Scott loves all sports, but considers baseball to be his favorite. He loves politcs, reading, movies and his wife and two daughters—not in that order!