Sunday, November 06, 2005

Recap: Warriors 83, Knicks 81

West Meets East: Two of the best PG's in the League.

This morning against the Knicks the Warriors shot under 40% from the field (29-73), under 35% from trifecta land (10-30), and under 50% from the charity stripe (46.9%). Read that last stat again, UNDER 50% FROM THE FREE THROW LINE? But thanks to a great defensive effort and some strange coaching from Larry Brown, the Warriors were able to start their road trip off with a W.

Boxscore | AP Recap

The Warriors jumped out to an early lead, but then Eddy Curry and the other Knick "big" men started to expose to Warriors charmin' soft interior. It looked like it was going to be a long afternoon in the Big Apple for the Warriors. Oddly, Larry Brown seemed to deemphasize attacking the Warriors interior as the game progressed. Curry only played 16 minutes in the game. It makes you wonder if either Brown has lost it or Curry was nursing an injury. Either way, the Knicks aren't using Eddy Curry like the Warriors would have (see Bay Area Curry).

Baron, JRich, and Troy all had good games. B Diddy made some exciting drives and layups to go with his 9 dimes. JRich's intensity was unmatched as his 24 points was a game high. Troy Murphy dropped another double-double. Another great effort from Chris Taft as well. It's good to see the kid trying so hard on defense. Hopefully, he'll make teams regret letting him slip to the 2nd round.

If Mike Dunleavy has a couple more games like he had tonight, he's going to earn another nickname- Mike DoLeaveMeOpen. For someone who a few delusional Warriors fans regard as a great shooter, there is no excuse for missing all those open shots. Dunleavy hit the backside of the iron and nearly airballed 3 WIDE OPEN 3 point shoots. The Dunnuthin' stat line: 35 minutes, 2 points on 1-8 shooting (0-4 3pt), 2 assists, 4 rebounds. Dunleavy is the 4th or 5th option on the floor. He is never guarded by any of the opposing team's top defenders. Dun should be shooting at a very high percentage.

In stark contrast to Dunleavy, Pietrus only played 23 minutes and shot 2-2 including 1 trifecta. It doesn't make any sense why Pietrus isn't playing more especially considering how Dunleavy is rewarded with so many minutes for such a poor outing. Pietrus is never allowed to get into a rhythm with consisent playing time, while Dunleavy can't find the beat despite logging heavy (undeserved) minutes.

TMurph wasn't a smurf. 17 points, 10 boards, 3 assists, and 2 steals. Troy had a game high 43 minutes. Aside from the low shooting percentage, Troy looks like he's in midseason form.


At 5:36 PM, Blogger Lawrence said...

First off, this blog has made my desire to follow the Warriors closely even stronger. Second, what is with the announcers? I think a portion of that 44 million Dunleavy got went to them in order to make it seem like he is contributing. After Mike made a tip pass to Foyle(i think) for a dunk in the 4th quarter, I thought Jesus Christ himself had stepped onto the floor judging from the announcers words.

At 6:48 PM, Blogger atma brother #1 said...

Thanks for the comment Lawrence. Good to hear we're getting people excited about the Warriors. Over the past decade it felt like we were the only crazy Warrior fanatics.

About that tip pass- it was strange how they didn't replay it. Why I saw it from the zoomed out camera view I thought the pass was too high, hit Dunleavy's fingertips, and then by dumb luck ended up in Foyle's hands for the lay-in.

Anyone else catch that play?

At 8:51 PM, Blogger YaoButtaMing said...

omg that was the greatest pass in the history of the nba!!! Dunleavy is a wizard and has eyes in the back of his head, didn't you know!!
actually i saw that play and was rolling on the floor laughing at the announcers.
i think whats even more amazing and we should be commenting is the fact that FOYLE actually caught a pass and made the dunk!!! I mean WOW.
the announcers should have called him the "greatest center who has the hands like Jerry Rice"


At 8:52 PM, Blogger YaoButtaMing said...

did anyone tivo that pass? because i honestly believe dunleavy didn't mean it.

At 5:40 AM, Blogger migya said...

i have such respect and admiration for you guys st the BLOG! You fukers are on the money everytime! I wish I lived near you guys and could contribute to the truth you guys state! Know that you have a supporter and 100% Warriors fan here in Perth Western Australia.

The situation in the Warriors with Dunleavy and Pietrus is quite disturbing. Why would they give the gangly underachiever all the court time when the french boulay is itching to explode? Pietrus just needs 10 straight games to show what he can be! I reckon he would do rally well if he started and got 30-35mins of court time!


At 7:12 AM, Blogger dj fuzzylogic said...


Next we'll be hearing the announcers talk about how supportive dunleavy is when he's sitting on the bench. can you imagine barnett saying this:

"He really knows how to get others involved in the game, allowing Pietrus time to play in his spot. he's so generous and he really knows about teamwork..."

At 8:16 AM, Blogger fantasy junkie said...

I'm really enjoying the play of Chris Taft. With the injuries to Diogu and Biedrins, Taft has stepped up and played solid D with the occasional offensive output. He hit a big shot as the shot clock wound down while the Knicks had closed the lead to 3. Good to see he's not afraid to shoot. The injuries have opened up time for Taft to see minutes and when Biedrins and Diogu come back, he'll fight them for PT.

As far as Dunleavy, his first bucket came with 8:12 left in the 4th. 9 millions per year divided by 82 games, he makes about $110,000 per game. Each point he scored was worth $55,000. haha.

At 9:23 AM, Blogger atma brother #1 said...

migya- Definitely man. The Dunleavy- Pietrus situation like you said is "quite disturbing" from a minutes standpoint and the TV crew.

At 11:13 AM, Blogger realitybytes said...

People are gonna see what they want to see with the whole Dunleavy-Pietrus thing. The fact of the matter is Mullin chose to resign Dunleavy. Done. Over.

The fact is Pietrus has not done enough to distinguish himself yet for a big contract extension. That's good news for the Warriors. If he does have a breakthrough, he becomes a good bargaining chip at the trade deadline. Either way, the Warriors are in a good position.

Why people are bitching about a player who is the fourth option, at best, is beyond me. If Diogu is better than advertised, than he's the fifth option.

At 12:05 PM, Blogger askalako said...

argh! do the coaching and management staff even realize this? wait... apparently not. signing this guy who hasn't proved anything yet to a multimillion $$$ contract is just another reason for people to criticize managemnet. All those blown draft picks and stupid trades... and now giving Dunleavy the starting position over Pietrus who is a much better defender and definitely more athletic and efficient. I dont hate Mike, but the NBA is a business as it is a game. You either perform or you wait in line like a man.

At 2:29 PM, Blogger dj fuzzylogic said...

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