I follow the NBA. I worked the NBA Finals last year and in 2008 as well. I attend games. I watch games all the time, read up on it, scout out teams the Warriors are about to play to see who’s hot, and who’s not. I wouldn’t say I’m an expert, but I know enough to hold my own.
Prior to tonight, I had never heard of Ian Mahinmi and if you had you are either lying, play in a France Fantasy basketball league or his mother. And honestly, what are the odds that his mother is reading a Golden State Warriors blog? Not good!
But there he was, Ole Man Mahinmi with a double-double, looking like Moses Malone, in the Dallas Mavericks 105-100 win over the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday. Not only were the 12 points and 10 rebounds both season highs, they were more than he had for the season—total. Coming into the game, Mahinmi had scored nine points and pulled down nine rebounds, for the year, until the Warriors came to Dallas. That was the coming out party for Mahinmi, who was a beast on the offensive glass, getting seven boards on that end, and going to the line 10 times, making eight of them. David Lee and Andris Biedrins were no match for the 24-year old from Rouen, France, who had played less minutes on the year then Dorell Wright did on Sunday.
It’s just another anecdote to a season that is so quickly slipping away from the Warriors. The 6-1 start seems forever ago, and with a looming schedule ahead of them (@ San Antonio, home to Miami) things don’t look like they’ll get better very soon.
Tonight was another example of sloppy basketball by the Warriors two best players. Ellis and Steph Curry just can’t keep giving the ball away if this team is to in games. The Warriors led going into the 4th quarter tonight, 72-71, but the two guards combined for 11 assists and 12 turnovers, six each.
Add to the mix that Ellis and Lee were a brutal 4-11 from the line and it’s amazing that the Warriors lost by only five points. You can thank Wright for that. Dorell finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds, as well as four assists and three steals and continues to be a bright spot for the struggling squad. Another hope for some optimism was the season and Warriors debut of Louis Amundson. The back up center played 17 minutes, blocked a couple of shots and scored four points, but how much can you ask of someone when you have to guard Ian Mahinmi?
Luckily they won’t have to deal with Mahinmi again any time soon. Up next is some guy named Duncan. Ever heard of him?
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!