Saturday, November 12, 2005

Warriors Web Wrap 11/12/05

A Starbury in Oakland's sky? by Dave Del Grande for Inside Bay Area
We've seen Boom Dizzle vs. Starbury. What about a Baron + Stephon backcourt?

Murphy reaping NBA fruits from the South Bend Tribune
Murphy now is enjoying his best days in the NBA five years into a career that commenced in 2001 when he skipped his senior season to turn pro. Heading into Friday's home game, the 14th pick in the 2001 draft was averaging career highs in minutes (34.4) and points (16.0) for an organization primed to extend its season into the playoffs for the first time since 1994.

Early in Murphy's career, there were many nights that he thought would never end. Asked to guard Kevin Garnett and Karl Malone one week, Rasheed Wallace and Chris Webber the next, Murphy was taught many a lesson by the perennial All-Stars. This season, he's turned those tables.

Warriors survive from SJ Mercury
There are nights when it all comes so easily to Baron Davis.

And then there are nights like Friday, when the ``SportsCenter'' highlights are few, and every point tough to come by.

The Warriors point guard didn't have the prettiest line against the New York Knicks -- 12 points on 3-of-12 shooting and 12 assists -- but he came up the with the clutch plays down the stretch as the Warriors held on in an 86-84 nail-biter that kept the Knicks winless through five games.

``I'll take Baron half, full, three-quarters, he's just as effective,'' Warriors center Adonal Foyle said. ``He can make things happen. His presence alone creates opportunities for other people.''

3-pointers will not be enough to carry Warriors from
The Warriors' athleticism is appealing, but without a trace of low-post offense in a halfcourt set, it will get them only to the first round of the playoffs -- if they're lucky. Aside from the occasional drive-to-the-basket foray by Baron Davis or Jason Richardson, their crunch-time offense consists of 3-point shots from a bunch of guys who aren't terribly reliable from that range.

Knicks: Foyled again
Unlikely hero Adonal Foyle sank a short hook shot with 48.9 seconds left off an assist from Baron Davis to give the Warriors an 85-84 advantage. At the other end of the court, Foyle grabbed a rebound to thwart a possible game-winning shot by the Knicks.


At 4:48 PM, Blogger Lawrence said...

I gotta give some love to Troy Murphy. He has really stepped it up this year so far. The idea of Marbury joining the Warriors sounds nice on paper, but wouldn't mesh well on the court. Now, if they can trade Dunleavy for a big cardboard cut out of Kevin Garnett, that would be a winner.

At 6:07 PM, Blogger atma brother #1 said...

Hahaha, I like the cardboard cut out joke.

Seriously though- Troy's pretty solid. I ranked him #18, but he's moving up!


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