Marcus Thornton and Sacramento Show Golden State What Royalty Can Do. Kings 129-Warriors 119.

Posted: March 17, 2011 in Golden State Basketball

 

What’s up sports fans? It had to be Sacramento. We Warriors were basking the glow of the W’s. We just came off of two good wins from Orlando and Minnesota, so were thinking, “Okay, we got Sacramento. We’ve beaten them twice and we can always count on Demarcus Cousins to have a melt down during the game right? Which would help us win the game right?” Back to reality, I do believe Sacramento was lying in wait for this game. Sacramento was donned in their Royalty. Cincinnati Royals Jerseys because it was throw back night at Power Balance Pavillion. Sacramento must have been thinking that they were the team when they were playing at Arco Arena and they had Vlade Divac, Doug Christie, Peja Stojakovic, Mike Bibby and a familiar name to we Warrior fans are still in agony over, Chris “Please don’t trade ’em” Webber.

That was in the 2001-02 season. Now it’s Samuel Delembert, Marcus Thornton and of course the other Marcus, DeMarcus Cousins. The Kings did remember the last two meetings with Golden State so they came after the Warriors from the gate. “We came out with a defensive mentality,” Thornton said. “We came out and jumped right on them.” Sacramento fired up a 19-3 lead and were ahead after the first period 35-20.  Golden State was never in this matchup, they trailed from the beginning and played catch up throughout the game. The Warriors turned the ball over 7 times in the first quarter. They got one from Monta Ellis as he got caught sleeping and Marcus Thornton finished it with a dunk.  Marcus Thornton finished with a season high 42pts., and he was Sacramento’s hot shooter of the night.

Al Thorton had 23pts. for Golden State, and it got interesting when Al Thorton and Samuel Dalembert got into altercation which resulted into separate technicals for each team.  “We learned from our last game against them,” Dalembert said. “They are a tricky team. They keep going and get tough. Look at what happened at the end. We were up by 20-something and the game goes down to a seven-point game. It was tough. We have to understand that teams are so good in this league that when they are down, you have to keep them down.” The Kings kept Golden State down alright they were leading by 23pts.  after the third with a 100-84 advantage and they weren’t done. Marcus Thornton was averaging 22.2pts. a game.  “He just needed the opportunity,” Westphal said. “He’s embraced it in a big way. Our guys have confidence in him and he obviously has confidence. I don’t think it’s his last 40-point game.”

Dorrell Wright finished with 18pts., Monta Ellis had 15pts. Golden State knew that if they didn’t pick up the pace this wouldn’t even be a contest. So in the fouth quarter the Warrior went on a 15pt. run of their own. It cut Sacramento’s lead to 9pts., what is still on everyone’s mind is why didn’t Keith Smart “The Smartest coach in the league” bring back in his starter’s to finish the game? “I just didn’t think there would be a point where they would come back in and make a difference,” Smart said. “Maybe they could have. I just didn’t see it right at the moment. Those guys had plated several good games but it just wasn’t there tonight.” As much as I have admiration and respect for coach Smart I totally disagree with his decision.

Your starters are used for you to win games, and come up big in games that are critical. If you don’t use them in those times you will not get the benefit of getting those close but crucial wins, and your players won’t get the experience they need in games like the Sacramento game. Stop trying to win games with Acie Law. I’m sorry, and don’t get me wrong, Acie has a great drive to the basket, but trying to make him a three point shooter just isn’t working. Andris Biedrins had once again a less that stellar night 0-rebounds, and no points. Plus Keith Smart should realize, Golden State isn’t in a position to contemplate decisions when it comes to winning games. Right now they need every win if they’re going to get into the playoffs. Am I wrong? Tell me what you think. Remember folks it’s ALLBAYAREASPORTS.COM. Bay Area Sports Magnified!

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