Thursday, May 03, 2007

Ultimate Warriors

It’s Game 6 tonight in what has been one of the best NBA playoff series in recent years. If the Warriors can pull it off, it will be remembered in the Bay Area for a long time. The atmosphere at Oracle is going to be absolutely electric.

I’m not a Warriors fan but I’ll be rooting for them tonight. Part of that is because I always tend to pull for the underdog. But really I think the Warriors deserve it, and long-suffering Warriors fans deserve it, and hell the entire city of Oakland deserves it. In a sports-as-a-reflection-on-society kind of way, Oakland sports teams have always taken a backseat to their richer neighbors across the Bay or down south. Tonight the Warriors, and Oakland, can jump out of those shadows for at least a night.

As for the game, I’ll leave it to commenters to debate, exhort, breakdown, and call me a smug fascist asshole. But a few points:
1) I jokingly predicted to some friends that the Mavs would win Game 5 and “experts” would re-anoint Dirk MVP, and lo and behold--no doubt they will reverse course tomorrow if necessary;
2) Charles Barkley is funny; Stephen Jackson is funnier. I’m looking forward to Barkley’s comments tonight, and the responses from Warriors fans;
3) The Warriors can’t fall in love with the 3. Yes, they need to hit them to win, but too often in Game 5 they settled for jacking up 3’s, rather than using perimeter passing to set up open looks (which were there when they worked for them);
4) Feed off the crowd’s energy but stay calm—the Warriors get sloppy when they get too excited and start taking bad shots. That leads to 15-0 runs by the Mavs. Play with emotion, but also with smarts and patience.

15 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

agreed on all points. Stephen Jackson needs to remain calm. He's a good player but too often gets emotional and sloppy. Baron Davis just needs to step up and be Baron Davis. He is capable of being a monster, as we've seen this playoff. Hopefully J-Rich will have a good game. He's been hot and cold this season, but when he's on he really helps out the team. Both he and Baron are very capable of penetrating with the dribble, and they should keep doing it.

i'm not a warriors fan either, really (lakers fan actually :-/ ) but they are a fun team. i hope they put it away tonight. Go to a game 7 and i think momentum is back with the Mavericks. too bad i've been screwing around all day instead of studying. may not actually get to watch the game tonight with a final tomorrow.

5/03/2007 11:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i think you should avoid sports coverage because it's obvious you don't really know what you are talking about...

but nice to see you are jumping on the Warriors bandwagon.

5/03/2007 12:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like Charles Barkley, but he's been terrible on TNT. I would be shocked if they didn't fire him after this season. He constantly interrupts people, refuses to take cues from the other guys, and blurts out non-sequiturs. Oh, and it sounds like he's totally hammered.

Kenny Smith, on the other hand, I've been impressed with his professionalism and insight. I wish Chuck would shut up and let me listen to Kenny for a while.

5/03/2007 12:43 PM  
Blogger Willie said...

Thanks for linking me with the "Warriors fans" instead of the "long-suffering" link, though I don't know how to differentiate the two.

Anyways, as per policy, I refuse to comment on the game before it's played, but 12:43, I don't think you understand the appeal of the Chuckster. He fits perfectly on TNT, and if they fired him, hell would likely freeze over, or George Bush would admit that invading Iraq was a mistake. All that, and Charles is my boy from back in the day.

5/03/2007 1:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Willie,
This is the best post of the month! Didn't your parents know Charles is not a role model? No wonder you are such an asshole now.

5/03/2007 1:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice photo, but you better wax off that Cowboys hat or your name will be Bill Bitch instead of Bill Business.

5/03/2007 3:31 PM  
Anonymous atthelibrary said...

Seriously, why do all the juicy things happen during the first season that I abstain from basketball viewing? As a SF native, I have always had a love-hate relationship with the Warriors. That, compounded with the trade with Pacers, the team I had followed for a decade as a RM31-worshipper, makes the Warriors' success so freaking ironic. Personally, I do not even feel offended by Barkley. As much as I love NBA on TNT, the show has taken on new significance with the cameos of REGGIE. Anyways, wish I could watch tonight, but here I am at Mainstacks (I'm an undergrad).

5/03/2007 4:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stephen Jackson just made the day of his publicist and the Warriors' PR department with his hilarious comment.

5/03/2007 4:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Undergrad?! What the hell are you doing here? You shouldn't be as boring as us until at least 1L year!
Oh yeah, and Reggie Miller is a clown.

5/03/2007 4:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Speaking of Reggie Miller, I am really sick of the commentators going on and on after every technical foul about how "Stu Jackson at the league office is going to have to take a closer look at this one..." or "Jackson is putting David Stern in a position where he has to suspend him...." Why the hell am I having to hear ad nausium discussion and speculation about whether the league office is going to intervene during a playoff series? Just let the guys play! (Of course, if someone goes way over the line I can understand a suspension but even considering suspending someone for "taking too long to leave the court" or "exchanging words with a fan" is just stoopid.)

5/03/2007 6:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wills: that may be the best picture I've seen on the internets all year.

5/03/2007 6:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

end of the third quarter, dallas is getting pwnd worse than an autoadmit administrator in the job market.

5/03/2007 9:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oaktown in the motherfuckin' hizzz-ouse!!!

I swear I just saw Jerry Brown ghost ride the whip in a car driven by Keak da Sneak down Telegraph!

It's great for the Bay Area, but I love who went down: tech-smirk-nerd Cuban, Dirk Diggler, the entire state of Texas--I mean, there's probably no state the Bay Area reviles more than Texas. And was that Woody Harrelson jumping up with a foam finger in one hand and a bottle of visine in the other?!

I cried tears of joy for you too, Willie.

5/03/2007 10:13 PM  
Blogger Brad said...

Seeing Mark Cuban mad makes me so, so, so happy.

5/03/2007 10:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/warriors/index?

:-(

5/07/2007 10:28 PM  

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