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Posted By Scott Johnston On Dec 14 2010 @ 10:32 am In Golden State Warriors | No Comments

Lately, a lot of talk in the NBA has been about who’s the best point guard in the league. Last night, Deron Williams of the Utah Jazz made his case once again -  and it’s a compelling one: 30 points and 10 assists in Utah’s 108-95 win over the Warriors.

Golden State led this one at the break, 46-43 but just like their game on Friday vs. the Miami Heat, they were overmatched in the 2nd half. Utah avenged an earlier 85-78 loss to the then-respectable Warriors, with the 2nd half blowout win last night. Utah erupted for 65 points in the 2nd half, keyed by their reserves who outscored G’State’s bench, 36-14. CJ Miles was the biggest contributor with 20 points.

Of course, the Warriors’ biggest scorer off the bench was Reggie Williams. Williams started in place of the injured Stephen Curry, who’s still out with a bad ankle. With the Warriors having now dropped seven straight, it’s time to let Curry sit out until his ankle is completely healed. In his stead, Williams scored 19 points, but that left an already thin bench completely depleted.

David Lee scored 18 points with 12 boards, but shot just 3-15 from the floor. He did get to the foul line often, making 12 of 14 of his free throws - a good sign for him that maybe his elbow has finally stopped bleeding and the antibiotics are working.

Overall, the Warriors did a lot of good things, shooting more free throws and out-rebounding Utah. Moral victories are important at this point in the season. Usually that doesn’t happen with Golden State until after the New Year, but they’re ahead of pace. 12 losses in 13 games can do that to a team.

The good news is that the brutal part of their schedule is finally over. Coach Keith Smart continues to plead his case that the team is giving him enough effort to win; they simply aren’t winning. However you read into that, it doesn’t sound promising. Their next five games are against beatable opponents. I’m not saying they’re going to win any of them, but they could–beginning with Minnesota tonight at home.

If the team’s bleeding doesn’t stop there, well, try some antibiotics. Or a tourniquet. Anything to make it stop!

CPR 12-16-2010

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