Sunday, November 13, 2005

Recap: Warriors 86, Suns 101

Mike ZeroLeavy: 14min, 0 Pts (0-4 FG, 0-2 3pt),
1 Block, 0 Steals, 0 Assists, 1 Rebound (see pic)

When you think Warriors-Suns you think at least 200 points combined. But, last night was the Warriors' 4th game in 5 days and it showed. The NBA schedule makers goofed on this one. The final score shows a blowout but the Warriors put up a good fight and almost pulled off a heroic comeback.

Boxscore | AP Recap

Coach Montgomery deserves credit for experimenting with some gimmicky lineups. At one point he had an all guard/ swingman lineup featuring the Double C (Calbert Cheaney) manning the Center spot.

The Warriors struggled with their shots big time. They shot 36% overall and took 25 treys shooting a 24% clip. That's a lot of threes! Watching the game, you just wished the Warriors would attack the Suns' Charming Soft interior. Let's just call it fatigue and try not to read into this too much. The Warriors do not have the personnel to jack up this many three point shots. They need to make some offensive adjustments and play to their strengths.

Great rebounding efforts from T-Double (17), JRich (14), Boom Dizzle (8), and Air France (9). Some solid defense from Jason and Mickael too. JRich also had 2 highlight reel swats.

MP2 finally got some major minutes (34) and made the most of it with his near double-double. Pietrus aggressively took it to the hole and drew fouls at will. Bell and Diaw couldn't guard him. The Warriors should have exploited this matchup more. Practically every 3 Pietrus missed just rimmed out. These shots will fall, but you wish MP2 wasn't so in love with the three with his skills to take it to the hole.

Foyle + Dunelavy = 19min, 0 points, 1 rebound, 0 assists, 0 steals, 1 block COMBINED. That's a lot of money for doughnuts.

Despite the loss the Warriors still boast a 4-3 record, good for 2nd place in the Pacific behind... the Clippers? The Warriors have some great opportunities to improve on their record with home games against the Bulls and Bucks early this week. After watching 11 years of Warriors drought, we'll take this record and this lineup- no question.

Warrior Wonder
MP2 made a good case for more consistent playing time, but JRich deserves the award for showing his much improved defense and passing. Jason had a poor shooting night, but he's learned that he can contribute in other ways besides scoring. 14 boards, 4 assists, 2 blocks, 2 steals reads like a Kirilenko stat line.


At 10:03 AM, Blogger dj fuzzylogic said...

can't blame dunleavy for playing bad, blame the schedule! its not that dunleavy lacks the stamina or consistency, its because the rigors of the NBA game are just too hard! can't they tone it down??? its not fair for him when everyone just wants him to fail!

(sarcasm intended)

At 10:16 AM, Blogger jp2 said...

Dunleavey is now akin to...the W fans saying for years that "this will be the year we return to glory." Just like Bob and Jim have said hundreds of times as we are down 12 - "maybe this will be the play that snaps us back into the game."

We are all saying that about Dun now. "This will be the game he snaps out of it." I'm not holding my breath. I'm not saying put a fork in him, but at least get out the tenderizer.

At 10:31 AM, Blogger atma brother #1 said...

Dunleavy's stat lines were funny, but now it's just sad. He can't possibly be that bad. I'm not even being sarcastic.

At 11:38 AM, Blogger dsigns said...

I wish dunleavy would attack the basket more instead of thinking he's peja. I guess that goes for the whole team.


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