T’Wolves Outlast Golden State 126-123.

Posted: March 2, 2011 in Golden State Basketball

What’s up sports fans? I have to tell you, the game between Minnesota and the Warriors was a good one. Golden State played well and you thought this might be one they could get. Unfortunately the Timberwolves got by them by a few points. Golden State fell yet again this time to Minnesota 126-123, but I’m not upset at our team. This game was well fought. It’s really how you want to see them play every night. It was hard to watch us play against one of my favorite former Golden State Warriors Anthony Toliver. Minnesota’s center Kevin Love now has an NBA record 46 straight double double’s, he’s re-written the NBA history books in the category.

He finished with 37pts. and 23 rebounds. “This was almost a must-win for us,” Love said. “We felt like we haven’t been playing well the past five or six games, and we had to come out and win this one. So we’re just happy we did.” Golden State fought hard, but one of their Achilles heel has been their defense. Monta Ellis had his last second drive to the lane for a score denied by rookie Wes Johnson. On the next Minnesota possession, who killed us? You guessed it, another former Golden State Warrior Anthony Toliver. I told you it was hard to watch him play against us. He hit two key free throws to put them ahead for good. Steph Curry led the Warriors with 33pts. and Dorrell Wright had 26pts.

Golden State came out the gate with a bang. They scored 73pts. in the first half, only to disappear in the third quarter with a dismal 16pts. The loss comes at a defining moment for the Warriors. If they are going to the playoffs it’s time to make their push now. “Just didn’t play well in the third quarter whatsoever,” David Lee  said. “Couldn’t buy a bucket on offense. Couldn’t stop anybody on defense. Made a good comeback, we didn’t give up, but that’s beside the point.” David Lee finished with 20pts. and 10 rebounds. “It’s a seven-game road trip that’s going to more or less make or break the rest of our season and this is not the way to start,” Lee said. For a franchise who wants to be known as “The Road Warriors.” this franchise is quickly wanting to return home to Oracle Arena.

Warriors head coach Keith Smart had this to say, “Just a painful loss, but you have to move on and get ready for the next game.”  I didn’t want to say this until a few more games passed and I felt it would be plausible, but Golden State’s starting to mirror the old Don Nelson style of play. For those of us that have been watching the Warriors, we know what I’m talking about. The fact that they played hard in this game and came up short, is the same type of style they played when Don Nelson was coaching them. They would be in close games and they would lose by a few points. It was because Don Nelson who is still holds the most career wins by any NBA coach, also holds the most losses by any NBA head coach, and mainly because he doesn’t stress good defense.

This is a dilemma for the smartest coach in the league. There has been rumors that Keith Smart would run the team the same way that Don Nelson did,  simply because he was Nelson’s apprentice for 7 years. For the Smartest coach in the league, one thing we are hearing from the fans and from what I see, Golden State has got to change it’s defensive strategy. What good is it to score 130pts. if you lose 131-130.  Remember folks it’s ALLBAYAREASPORTS.COM. Bay Area Sports Magnified!

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