Al Harrington

Mike Dunleavy: forever booed

Mike Dunleavy probably figured the booing would stop. Since he still has a long career ahead of him in the NBA, it couldn’t be possible the fans at Oracle would always boo him every time he touched the ball five, six, even seven years from now. Could it?

Oh yes it could.

Sure, Dunleavy could blame his 4-for-14 performance on rust. Tonight was only his third game after sitting out all of November and December with general knee soreness, but the boos forced him to take the game into his own hands.

What a catastrophe.

Danny Granger had scored 42 points in the game, so the Warriors’ defensive attention (such as it ever is) was focused on him, so Dunleavy found himself all alone with the ball, down three points, with five seconds left. Oh, did he want to hit that three at the top of the key. Oh, to shut up all the jerks in Oakland, who boo him every time he touches the ball. The ones who never had the courage to talk crap when they drank Patron shots with him in the Marina, who now get their kicks posting compromising pics of him on blogs like DrunkAthlete.com and Golden State of Mind. And the ball went up…

Wide left.

Silly Dunleavy! If you want to shut anybody up, you have to at least hit the rim!

For the Warriors, it was about as good as they could hope for these days, simply because Dunleavy’s miss sealed a 120-117 victory. Most of the time the Warriors lose bodies and the game, this time it was just bodies. Kelenna Azubuike and Ronny Turiaf got banged up, but nothing like Marco Belinelli. Belinelli is either an incredible wuss, or the sprained ankle he suffered tonight will be keeping him out of action at least as long as Stephen Jackson and his Maggette’d (yep, new word) hamstring, and perhaps even as long as Brandan Wright and his Alex Smith’d shoulder (too much?).

Still, a win is a win. And the only players in action from the famed Jackson/Harrington/Jasikevicius-for-Dunleavy/Murphy/Diogu trade (Dunleavy and Murphy) combined to go 4-for-18 with 17 points, 10 rebounds and 1 assist. Hell, Jackson or Al Harrington could have done that by themselves.

Best of all, the “18,262” fans at Oracle tonight know that booing Dunleavy isn’t just fun or cathartic. It’s also effective. After tonight, Dunleavy’s probably a lock to stay in the Eastern Conference for the rest of his career.

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