December 31, 2009
1. Adonal Foyle, 515
2. Jason Richardson, 438
3. Troy Murphy, 359
4. Mike Dunleavy, 356
5. Andris Biedrins, 324
6. Mickael Pietrus, 310
7. Erick Dampier, 293
8. Antawn Jamison, 282
9. Monta Ellis, 263
10. Baron Davis, 217
1. Jason Richardson, 8008
2. Antawn Jamison, 5946
3. Baron Davis, 4567
4. Monta Ellis, 4507
5. Troy Murphy, 4024
6. Mike Dunleavy, 3778
7. Stephen Jackson, 3478
8. Andris Biedrins, 2711
9. Mickael Pietrus, 2669
10. Larry Hughes, 2443
1. Troy Murphy, 2957
2. Adonal Foyle, 2678
3. Andris Biedrins, 2641
4. Jason Richardson, 2363
5. Erick Dampier, 2201
1. Baron Davis, 1845
2. Jason Richardson, 1394
3. Monta Ellis, 967
4. Mookie Blaylock, 923
5. Stephen Jackson, 896
Most Points Scored: 146 (Warriors 146, Timberwolves 105, 11-9-09)
Most Points Allowed: 154 (Suns 154, Warriors 130, 3-15-09)
Fewest Points Scored: 65 (Rockets 83, Warriors 65, 1-05-04)
Fewest Points Allowed: 71 (Warriors 90, Knicks 71, 11-10-11)
Most Rebounds: 72 (Suns 106, Warriors 102, 2-13-05)
Most Rebounds Allowed: 66 (Kings 117, Warriors 91, 3-18-03)
Most Assists: 39 (Warriors 122, Grizzlies 117, 4-1-07)
Most Assists Allowed: 42 (Nuggets 140, Warriors 129, 11-24-06)
Most Blocks: 18 (Nuggets 108, Warriors 92, 4-13-01)
Most Times Blocked: 24 (Raptors 109, Warriors 92, 11-7-01)
Most Steals: 22 (Warriors 146, Timberwolves 105, 11-9-09)
Most Turnovers: 31 (Kings 115, Warriors 84, 11-8-00)
Most Turnovers, Opponent: 29 (Jazz 100, Warriors 78, 1-23-01)
Most Fouls: 41 (Wizards 129, Warriors 124, 2-8-06)
Most Times Fouled: 42 (Jazz 117, Warriors 108, 2-27-06)
Most Threes Made, Opponent: 16 (Magic 113, Warriors 81)
Biggest Margin Of Victory: 43 (Warriors 135, Magic 92, 11-16-02)
Biggest Margin Of Defeat: 40 (Spurs 129, Warriors 89, 12-4-06)
December 30, 2009
Anyway, this was our best performance of the season. Bar none. Not even close.
We didn't have the Oracle faithful to buoy us; no Warrior had a career night; the whistles did not tilt hugely in our direction; we were not significantly more rested than our opponent. There was no "Bad News Bears" vibe to our early lead. We faced the world champions in their building, on a night when they were determined to wash the taste of a bad loss out of their mouths. We took them to the limit, with no asterisks.
The level of basketball we played last night is sustainable. We're not going to shoot 55% from the field every night, but if we pass that intelligently, and compete on defense and the glass as we did, we will be a real basketball team, night in and night out. The Golden State Warriors didn't look like a bad team having a good game; they just looked like a pretty good basketball team. This was the most mature and impressive performance we've given since the Baron days.
December 29, 2009
December 28, 2009
December 27, 2009
The Dubs fan CW is that Morrow hasn't been getting enough open looks from beyond the arc. And there's something to that -- it'd be good if he, Nellie, Monta and Curry could figure out a way to get him a few more threes. But part of the story here is that Morrow's not doing anything *else*... he's shooting midrange jumpers, driving and drawing fouls even less often than last year. It's possible that he's just too targeted of a weapon this year, and that he'll get more open threes if he can convince his opponents that he might try to hurt them in some other way.
The easiest way for Randolph to improve? Rediscovering his solid touch near the basket; he's gotten blocked and spooked a ton down there, and a pump fake or two would do wonders. But it's worth noting that Randolph *doesn't* need to fix anything to be effective. His current warty approach is enough to make him a very good player; any meaningful improvements will make this Anthony an All-Star.
December 26, 2009
2) Golden State scored 132 points despite only hitting four three-pointers. Anthony Morrow was 0/5 from behind the arc.
3) Corey Maggette was nearly perfect in 35 minutes: 13/17 FG, 7/7 FTs, with good rebounding and acceptable defense.
4) The Warriors overcame a vintage performance by Steve Nash, who nearly sent the game into overtime.
5) Great to see Monta Ellis finally get some support. Randolph was Randolph, and I loved seeing him be efficient, with 17 points on seven shots.
6) CJ Watson was Corey Maggette lite off the bench, with a hyper-efficient 14 points on five shots, three rebounds, three assists, two steals and zero turnovers in 29 minutes. And he hectored Nash in the final seconds to ensure the win.
7) Ronny Turiaf deserves loads of credit for shutting down Amar'e Stoudemire. He was a a very significant +8 in 14 minutes off the bench.
8) I'm very impressed with how the Ws closed this game out. They looked like an actual NBA team tonight.
7:59 - Randolph looks under control. Biedrins looks saucy on the bench, as always.
8:05 - This game is outrageous. GSW and PHO on pace for a 170-160 final score.
8:22 - Monta Ellis has a real good chance for the first triple-double of his career.
8:25 - Maggette's hustling, playing strong defense and working. Hooray!
8:28 - Ronny!
8:30 - Maggette picks up his third foul, in comes Vlad. This is huge.
8:34 - The Warriors are holding their own without Randolph.
8:38 - Steph Curry! Having himself a fine game. The Suns' TV people are obsessed with his sweet stroke.
8:40 - Perversely, part of me is just rooting for points.
8:44 - Well, it's a barnburner. The Warriors are out-rebounding the Suns 20-18 at the break, but if there's one game in which we can lay down our arms on rebounding, this would be it. Channing Frye hasn't irrupted into my reality yet, but it's coming, I can sense it. I'm sort of dazed and pleasantly buzzed by this game. Would it be too much to ask for a double overtime Golden State Win? On NBATV, the info-graphic about the Cavaliers' road trip was brought to you by...DRUNK DRIVING: OVER THE LIMIT. UNDER ARREST.
9:02 - Bit of a ragged start to the second half, but here come the points again.
9:04 - Randolph draws the fourth foul on Stoudemire and Golden State has a strong opportunity to pull ahead.
9:05 - And as quickly as it appeared, the lead is gone.
9:09 - Nellie burns another timeout as the Suns rip off 11 points in a row.
9:11 - I love me some Monta Ellis post-up game.
9:15 - What a fantastic game by Corey Maggette.
9:17 - Steve Nash or Monta Ellis: who wants it more?
9:21 - Randolph 6/7 on field goals. Luv it.
9:25 - I really can't praise Corey Maggette enough. He's got 27 points on 15 shots.
9:26 - I take it all back.
9:31 - Nothing pisses Alvin Gentry off like a shot clock violation. Warriors lead by one with 10:28 to go.
9:37 - Ellis gets lazy with his passes, but never seems tired when he drives.
9:42 - This game has ground to a halt, and the Suns will be in the bonus with the next Warrior foul. Will Randolph see any more minutes?
9:50 - Ellis commits his seventh turnover of the night and Stoudemire gets a jam on the other end to tie the game at 123 with 2:25 left.
9:53 - CJ Watson is a terrific scorer, with 14 points on only five shots. Second shot clock violation of the quarter for the Suns. Coach Gentry is steamed.
9:56 - Maggette powers home an Ellis miss, and the Suns desperately need to score with 1:25 left.
10:01 - Morrow splits free throws and the Suns have a chance to tie with a 3-pointer and 10.7 seconds left.
10:03 - Steph Curry hits two free throws to ice the game.
2) I've said it before and I'll say it again, folks. I don't want no Dudley. Jared Dudley leads the league in three-point shooting at a cool 50%, and as such he's earned the title of Morrow of the Moment.
3) Amar'e Stoudemire sure can jam, but he doesn't play defense, and he rebounds far less than he reasonably should...willya tell me again why he's not on the Warriors?
4) Sideshow Rob Lopez makes Anthony Randolph look like Ben Kingsley. The gulf in skill between these two players is massive; it's funny to think back on their draft proximity in 2008.
5) Monta Ellis needs to be mindful of Steve Nash and his shifty, floppy defense. The only thing between Ellis and 40+ points tonight is early foul trouble.
6) Channing Frye.
Suns Player to Watch: Channing Frye.
Warriors Player to Watch: Vladimir Radmanovic, as he fails again and again to close out on Channing Frye.