Let’s say Woody Allen and Jiminy Glick matched up against Conan O’brien and Richard Kiel in a 2-on-2 pick-up game. One would expect the taller pair to run away with the victory 9 out of 10 times. Last night against the Jazz, it wasn’t Glick and Allen but Monta Ellis and Stephen Curry that went against all odds and took over the game despite the presence of Al Jefferson and Paul Milsap.
History in the NBA has shown that size is important when chasing relevancy and of course, a championship. Take a look at the last 10-15 years and consider the success of Tim Duncan and the Spurs, Hakeem and the Rockets, Shaq and the Lakers. I hate to take some merit away from a guy like Iverson, but the 2001 finals was a tough gig for him with an aging Mutombo and an underwhelming Todd MacCulloch trying to prevent Shaq from averaging less than 33 per game. Lastly, the Magic had no business being in the 2009 NBA finals without a guy like Dwight manning the paint.
Dating back to the years when Cookie Monster was my hero and I was filling up my Huggies 5 times per day, the Celtics needed McHale, the Lakers needed Kareem, and the Pistons needed Rodman and Lambieer.
There’s a reason that the Warriors overpaid for 7-footer, Kwame Brown, and had to sign journeyman, Earl Barron, after Brown tore his pectoral muscle. There’s a reason why they are giving an undersized Ekpe Udoh so many minutes at center. They understand the philosophy of a winning team, which encompasses a dominant center. There’s still a gaping hole at center and I don’t think Biedrins, Udoh, or Barron are the answer, which explains the rumors of Ellis slouching on the trading block over the summer.
Although the ambiguously dynamic duo of Curry and Ellis was successful last night in a win over the surging Jazz, the Warriors will continue to try to squeeze juice out of a raisin at the center position with the trade deadline fast approaching and not much to pick at on the free agent market.
Woody needs to be paired with Conan and Glick with Kiel just like Jefferson and Milsap needed Earl Watson and Devin Harris last night. Would the movie Twins have been half as funny if Arnold Schwarzenegger’s long lost twin was Jean-Claude Van Damme and not a butterball like Danny Devito?
I don’t think the Warriors have given up on Ellis and Curry but history speaks much louder than the present situation. With Harris (hamstrung) and Watson (ankle sprain) sitting out last night’s game, D-League special, Jamaal Tinsley was asked to take the point but doesn’t have the speed anymore to cover Ellis and Curry.
As beat writers and analysts have been screaming this year, ‘The Warriors need to get back to their running game’, they may have the right idea. The Warriors ran the Jazz out of the gym last night, scoring 71 points in the second half and took good care of the ball with only 8 turnovers.
The Warriors get the Kings tomorrow, which could produce another high scoring affair that will hopefully be in favor of the Warriors.
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Written by Chris Mosca
Basketball lover for years. I blog for the Golden State Warriors. I am happy to serve the fans with my reports and insights. Follow me on twitter, @cwmosca