For all of the box score watchers out there, please consider the box score of the Warriors game to be an anomaly as opposed to Lebron James’ 35 points tonight. Lebron’s performance was more indicative of the flow of the game as he consistently slashed through the Bucks defense and pounded the ball home until it was time to kick his feet up on the bench next to Dwayne.
Tonight’s hero of the Warriors vs. Suns game was Ekpe Udoh while Stephen Curry was kicking his feet up on the bench. Udoh didn’t fill up the box score but had a key block down the stretch in tandem with a layup that sent the Suns into panic mode causing them to consider every caught pass beyond the 3 point line as a chance to gun it and stage a come back. Unfortunately, that hesitation on the part of the Suns players only stagnated the offense and deterred ball movement allowing the Warriors to make their defensive rotations in time.
Not to take anything away from David Lee’s stat stuffing performance and millionth double-double of his career, but under the reign of Mark Jackson, it’s hard to say who is going to be on the floor in crunch time. Jackson seems to go with the flow and has no regard for the pecking order that existed before he came to town. Curry wasn’t kicking his feet up because the game was decided. Also, I doubt there is any locker room hazing on fellow rookie Klay Thompson as he has been given the opportunity to play and take big shots all year. The kid has talent AND the confidence to take big shots.
Late in the 3rd quarter, the game was sloppier than a drunk David Hasselhoff attempt at eating a hamburger but the Warriors were able to capitalize and go on a run to take a substantial lead going in to the 4th quarter. They never let go of the lead after their run although they allowed the Suns to crawl back and make it exciting over the final 4 minutes of the game. I think Peter Gruber and Joe Lacob (Warriors Owners) motioned to Mark Jackson asking him to put the erratic Nate Robinson in the game just to get the fans on the edge of their seats.
The hustle and competitive spirit of the Warriors and Suns was very different than what we have been seeing out of a team like the Clippers all year. I would describe the Clippers’ games against almost everyone as chippy and more sensitive than an eight-year old boy that is intolerant of his older brother’s daily pink belly attacks. I would describe the competitive spirit to be respectful between the Warriors and Suns tonight. They played hard but none of the plays resulted in an I-am-going-to-intimidate-you stare down or a let-me-think-of-the-best-insult-first competition.
That’s not to say one approach is better than the other but this is more of a contextual perspective. The Clippers feel that they are contenders and that they have something to prove, while the Warriors are fighting for to finish with a .500 record and the Suns are fighting to keep Steve Nash in town by playing their asses off every night out of respect for his toughness and dedication to the franchise.
The Warriors get the Blazers at home in a nationally televised game on Wednesday night. Expect everyone’s hair to be tightened up and legs to be fresh for what I believe will be a high scoring affair with at least 40 fast break points, 3 irrational confidence 3 point shots from Nate Robinson, and a very minimum of 3 wrecking ball style drives from Gerald Wallace with two of them being charging fouls and one questionable blocking foul.
Sorry for the lack of stats, but as I said, the stats are about as important as Khloe Kardashian’s presence at a Mavericks home game. Please stop putting her on camera, I just want to get back to seeing Mark Cuban sipping on his 64 oz. Mountain Dew.
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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