Clippers 120, Warriors 114: A Dim Start for Golden State

D WizzleSenior Analyst INovember 3, 2007

IconThe Golden State Warriors look to be starting off on the wrong foot again.

Don Nelson's team has surrendered 237 points in two games to the Jazz and the Clippers. Things might not get better when they face Utah again on Saturday—this time in Salt Lake City.

The Warriors were a dismal 7-28 on three pointers against the Clips, with Baron Davis setting the pace at 1-9.

The leading scorer in the game was SG Kelenna Azubuike, who notched 33 points on 12-17 shooting.

Golden State lost the rebound battle 53-36. The Warriors had no answer for C Chris Kaman in the middle.

Kaman led the way for the Clippers with 26 points and 18 rebounds. He got help off the bench from SG Cuttino Mobley, who had 21 points.

Through two games, it's clear that the Warriors really miss Stephen Jackson. He's an asset on both ends of the court, and an emotional leader to boot.

Until he gets Jackson back in the lineup, Nelson must lean on Monta Ellis and rookie Marco Belinelli. Center Patrick O'Bryant played only five minutes tonight, but was effective against Kaman on the defensive end.

Nelson should think about playing O'Bryant more—but then again the youngster is still raw offensively.

Nelson wants to limit Davis to under 35 minutes a game—tonight Davis played 45. It will be interesting to see how much time the co-captain gets Saturday against the Jazz.

Backup PG Troy Hudson played zero minutes against the Clippers. That looks to change in Utah.

Whoever's running the show, though, the Jazz seem to own the Warriors—and there's a strong possibility Golden State will be 0-3 after tomorrow night.