Sunday, November 13, 2005

Warriors Web Wrap 11/13/05

Montgomery hopes offense wakes up from
The Warriors are convinced they can stay in games with their defense. Getting their offense clicking is another matter.

Coach Mike Montgomery said his team needs to be assured of its shooting ability and specifically named Mike Dunleavy and Zarko Cabarkapa as "two guys that are just struggling with their confidence right now."

How to lose 40+ games in a season by Dave from MVN- The City
Meanwhile, maybe a shakeup is needed. The Warriors’ starting five combined to shoot 16/55, or 29.1% on Saturday night. Chalk it up to a back-to-back after the Knicks game last night, but this is a recurring trend. Mike Dunleavy’s field goal percentage is at 24.6% this season, quite a bit less than 44% — his career average prior to this year. Baron Davis’ is 35.5%, down from 41% before he entered this year’s campaign. Jason Richardson is at 41.4% this year, one or two points below his career average, but it isn’t deviating too far in order to cause any concern. For now, at least. Troy Murphy is shooting three points above his career average, which excuses him from the scorn I’ve handed out in the past. Adonal Foyle throws up a couple shots a night, and has managed to put 50% of them in the basket. With 18 shots in 7 games, it doesn’t count for much.

Warriors can't keep pace with the Suns from Mercury News
Once upon a time, the Warriors were a juggernaut.

Led by point guard Baron Davis, they had one of the most potent offenses in the NBA, closing the 2004-05 season with at least 100 points in their final 18 games.

But this year's offense is a shadow of what it was. Despite holding Phoenix nine points below its average and winning the rebounding battle, the Warriors didn't have the firepower to keep up with the Suns, falling 101-86 at America West Arena on Saturday.

Too much Suns for Warriors from
Hold those comparisons to the Phoenix Suns. Before the Warriors can challenge the Suns in athleticism or excitement, they first have to match their fast-breaking, rim-rattling, high-scoring offense.

And so far, these two teams are looking nothing alike.


At 4:10 PM, Blogger jp2 said...

Our defense is a lot better. While everyone out there isn't especially solid, they play good team-D and hustle.

It has made our offense better too. The shots just aren't falling. It's not like we are winding down the shot clock every possesion and heaving up crap. We are missing open shot after open shot. Or in the case of Pietrus, just making dumb decisions with the ball when the chance for points is high.

I'm trying to work out a trade for Earl Watson right now. On the phone with Karl...


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