Losing to a Deron-less Nets team is a new low for the Golden State Warriors. Sure it was the second night of a back to back and the last game of a grueling seven game, eleven night road trip, but this is the Nets! It was a tough game to watch. Here are a couple things that caught my eye from last night’s defeat.
1. Less than 100 Points 2 Nights in a Row
One of the most important aspects of a team is establishing an identity. When teams don’t have an identity or establish roles for their players, they struggle. This is true for every sport (see San Francisco 49ers). The Warriors SCORE BUCKETS. I know this. You know this. The casual NBA fan knows this. Scoring less than 100 points against the 29th and 15th best defensive teams is just not acceptable. It looked as if the Warriors were lacking energy and hustle. I do not know if this was because the last two games were at the end of a road trip or because they were smoking blunts right before the game. Seriously though Warriors, if you are going to be bad, at least entertain us with high scoring like you usually do.
2. Biedrins Starting?!
4 points and 5 rebounds in 22 minutes. Seriously why do we start him?! He should never ever play. We better get rid of him this upcoming off-season somehow someway. The man told the bay area media that he lost his confidence. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want a guy who has no confidence guarding Dwight Howard, Pau Gasol, and Amare Stoudemire.
3. Dorell Wright
6, 14, 11, 16, 7, 10. Those are Wrights point totals the last 6 games. For playing almost the entire game every night, Wright has hit a cold streak. He has been real big to our team this season, and we need him to find his stroke and start being aggressive again. He’s also 4 for 23 from 3 point land the last six games. Let’s step it up Wright!
The Warriors are going back home, but it is not going to get any easier playing the Magic on Friday. Better get your confidence back Biedrins.