Warriors Flounder in Loss to Clippers

Ryan ClarkContributor IFebruary 24, 2009

In Andris Biedrins' return to the team and Monta Ellis' departure to rest his stiff ankle, the Warriors managed to lose to the Los Angeles Clippers, who had lost by at least 23 points in each of their last three games. The Warriors had won four of their last five games, including wins against playoff bound teams in Utah and Portland.

The Warriors burst out to a 14-point lead in the first quarter, only to let the Clippers come back immediately to tie the game, then proceed to control the tempo for the rest of the game.

The Warriors' veterans Jamal Crawford and Corey Maggette both struggled throughout, going for a combined 8-28 from the field with six assists and four turnovers. Stephen Jackson continued scoring well with 28 points on 11-20 shooting, however he committed five turnovers while only getting four assists.

Marco Belinelli led the Warriors in assists (five) and steals (three) in only 17 minutes, despite starting the game. Anthony Morrow failed to take advantage of his playing time with the absence of Ellis, going 2-6 from the field with 0 rebounds and 0 assists in 16 minutes.

CJ Watson gained the most playing time out of the guard reserves, going 5-8 for 16 points, four rebounds, four assists, and two steals in 26 minutes.

Don Nelson played 10 players, with the minimum game time belonging to Anthony Randolph at 13 minutes played. This week he stated that he would be allowing the young guys to play more minutes, and allowed for it in this game. However, Stephen Jackson still played too many minutes (38) and Marco played too few for his production on both sides of the floor.

On a side note, former Warrior Baron Davis finally decided to show up for his team, recording a near triple-double with 25 points, 10 assists, nine rebounds, and four steals.