Let me start out by saying, I've constantly defended Don Nelson for a long time. I love his uncontrolled offense, basketball IQ, and openness with the fans.
However, I feel like Nellie doesn't hear his own words anymore or even see the basketball games that everyone else sees.
Recently, Don Nelson decided that even without Monta Ellis and Brandan Wright in the lineup, he would sit a veteran for a full game every once in a while so that some of the younger guys can share the minutes left over. Of course, saying something and then doing it are completely different things.
The game against the Charlotte Bobcats featured Jamal Crawford riding the pine in order to allow the younger players to play more. You may find yourself asking, "How did that work out?"
- The Warriors lost after a Stephen Jackson turnover with 2.6 seconds left, which was preceded by Boris Diaw hitting a deep three. Losing is not the problem, as the rest of these points will make.
- Jamal Crawford's agent is reportedly outraged that a completely healthy Crawford was held out of a game against a team that he scored 50 points against earlier in the season. This is also not a huge problem, as Crawford opting out of his contract after the season will relieve cap space and the logjam of guards the Warriors have.
- Anthony Randolph played seven minutes total, which is less than the minutes he has played in any of his recent games (14, 17, and 28 in his three previous games).
- CJ Watson played 44 minutes but only went 3-of-10 from the field with three assists and three turnovers. He was the only starter to be negative in the +/- category (-6).
- Anthony Morrow was 2-of-3 from the field, but had the most negative impact on the team (-15) and had zero rebounds and zero assists in 15 minutes. By the way, that is one less minute than he played in the last game against the Clippers.
- Stephen Jackson played 42 minutes despite claims that the veterans would get more rest in games. Jackson dominated the ball far too much all game, taking 24 shots. Only Andris Biedrins' 13 shots surpassed half of Jackson's total. He also had his typical eight assists and five turnovers.
- Marco Belinelli played 21 minutes after starting the game, a grand total of three more minutes than his previous game. He led the Warriors in +/- (+9) and drew three offensive fouls during his time on the court. He went 3-of-7 from the floor with two assists and two turnovers.
- Kelenna Azubuike was 6-of-9 from the field in 38 minutes. He also had three assists and three turnovers.