Warriors-Grizzlies: Golden State Stone Cold in Memphis
The Golden State Warriors went more than seven minutes in the final quarter of the contest against the Memphis Grizzlies without a field goal. The game ended with a 90-79 loss for the Warriors.
Just when one felt the youngest team in the NBA would reel off a comeback in the third quarter, the team did not even look like winning since the halftime tip-off.
Stephen Jackson, Corey Maggette, and Al Harrington had one of their worst offensive and defensive productions since the birth of the 2008-2009 campaign. Jackson, for one, looked extremely stagnant. The team leader had five turnovers in the fourth quarter and seemed baffled.
Maggette, who is suffering from a left strained hamstring, headed into the locker room two minutes before the end of the first quarter and returned to start the second half. He looked like a rookie at certain stints of the third quarter, but was mainly hampered by his injury.
Harrington is pleading to get traded with the performance he displayed tonight. Not that the team was collectively playing well, but Harrington needs to get traded by any means possible.
A power forward that settles for three-point attempts the whole game, acknowledging his team's and his own shooting difficulties, should raise some questions about his basketball IQ.
Lanky center Andris Biedrins was the Dub's best player with his 12th straight double-double coming off last season. Foul troubles, as usual, impeded his dominance. In fact, when Ronny Turiaf replaced Biedrins in the third quarter, the rookies of the Grizzlies went on a 13-2 run.
DeMarcus Nelson had a terrific third quarter, scoring 10 points. Strangely though, head coach Don Nelson benched him midway through the third and for most of the fourth. Why he did that remains a mystery.
Observations and Notes
•I will milk this point until this player gets a chance to play. Marcus Williams was benched for his fourth straight game in a Warriors' jersey. If he doesn't receive playing time against the Grizzlies, I don't know when he'll ever get some.
•Jackson is highly turnover-prone playing the point position. It was evident in the last three games, and highly apparent in tonight's contest. Again, Marcus Williams is the answer.
•Harrington is just begging to be traded out of Oakland. He displayed a horrendous performance tonight against rookies Marc Gasol and Darrell Arthur.
•Biedrins is living up to his contract. Period.
•Guess who's back? Forward Rob Kurz! Monta Ellis was transferred to the suspended list and Kurz was signed to a non-guaranteed contract.
•If "small ball" doesn't live up to its original hype in Nellie's mind, then "tall ball" might have a chance. Biedrins, Turiaf, Harrington, Jackson, and Maggette on the floor will provide a new flavor to their offense.
•After the blockbuster trade that occurred today, Chauncey Billups and Antonio McDyess might debut in Oakland for the Denver Nuggets' Wednesday game against the Warriors.
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