Atlanta Soars Above Golden State, Hawks Beat the Warriors 95-79.

Posted: February 26, 2011 in Golden State Basketball

What’s up sports fans? I hate being the bearer of bad news, but what can I say. Golden State just wasn’t ready for the onslaught that was delivered by Atlanta. This is hard to report because once I become a fan,  I want to see my team do well. Back in 1974 I became a fan of Gene Washington. Younger sports enthusiast don’t know who he is, but he was the first 49er receiver I ever saw. I saw him run over the middle of the field, catch a pass and run for a touchdown. It was the most brilliant thing I’d ever seen. So I became a die hard Niner fan.

It’s the same with the Warriors. I became a Warrior fan back in 77 and I won’t quit! I’m a sports writer now, so let me write the truth. Warriors got Atlanta at Oracle arena. This is their last home game before they embark on a 7 game road trip. In the first quarter the Warriors couldn’t keep up with the Hawks. They shot a measly 29% from the field, it was embarrassing to watch. Maybe it was just me, but I thought Golden State would be a little more competitive, since the heard Ray Allen of the Boston Celtics say, “That team over there, they don’t even belong on the same court as us.” or maybe they didn’t hear him say that. Last I heard the purpose of being in the NBA is to win a championship, and for Ray Allen to say what he said means that Golden State isn’t a championship caliber team.

I will admit winning a championship isn’t easy, as a matter of fact its just down right tough. I figure with new ownership, the franchise should be thinking that any and all alterations to this franchise should be with championship thinking in mind. If you want to win a championship, you have to beat the big boys. That means teams with a .600 plus winning percentage or better. Atlanta is that team, it didn’t matter. David Lee started with just 2-14 shooting in the first quarter. The first string squad couldn’t buy a bucket, they shot just 29% from the field. It was pitiful to watch. Golden State shooting woes continued in the second quarter, and they also added 12 turnovers just in the first half.

This is what’s killing me. The team isn’t protecting the ball well. If your going to be a playoff team Mr. Smart you have to protect the ball better. The Hawks had a comfortable 20pt. lead at the half. I’m not sure what they were running as far as defense, whether it was zone or man to man, but it was flat out terrible. Golden State’s offense went to sleep in the first half. The Warriors only scored 17 pts. in the first quarter, 18 pts. in the second quarter, and 20 pts in the third. The NBA has individual players that can score 17pts. in one quarter by themselves. Atlanta got 28pts off of the Warriors turnovers alone. Golden State finished with just 37% shooting from the field the entire night.

Monta Ellis finished with just 16 pts, David Lee had 20 pts. and 10 rebounds.  “We were a flat team,” coach Keith Smart said. “We didn’t have the kind of energy to play against a team that was going to be energetic, lost a couple of games and was desperate. We just have to find our rhythm coming back from the break.” You  see this is what I’m talking about. I would like to appreciate where Mr. Smart is coming from, but when you’ve been an assistant for as long as he has, either he forgot or he should know exactly what to expect. This is Atlanta, last year they played them they won, but still they had to work overtime to get the win, so what they saw tonight from the hawks isn’t new and Mr. Smart you’ve got to coach your guys better.

I saw the same situation from the W’s., especially during transition defensive situations. Golden State had guys running back to set up defense, but they weren’t cutting off Atlanta’s lead guards, which allowed the Hawk’s to set up their plays before Golden State could respond. The Hawks built a 29-point lead in the third quarter then cruised the rest of the way while handing Golden State its second straight lopsided loss at home. Fans poured out of the arena with more than 8 minutes left and the Warriors trailing 85-62.  Atlanta was playing so well that they could bring in Kirk Heinrich, Kirk was just newly acquired by the Hawks,  and he hit a three pointer so he could get his feet wet with Atlanta.

The Hawks coach summed it up this way, “The first half we were just about as good as we’ve been all season,” Drew said. “We were relentless defensively. We got out and got some easy transition baskets. We controlled the tempo, we got stops and we limited them in the half-court.” Golden State still has a chance for the playoffs on a night that Oracle arena was treated with a championship tribute to the Warriors 74-75 season Golden State’s performance was anything but championship. Remember folks it’s ALLBAYAREASPORTS.COM. Bay Area Sports Magnified!

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