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Depressing Turn of Events

Posted By Scott Johnston On Dec 3 2010 @ 12:11 pm In Golden State Warriors | No Comments

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.

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