Some observations after watching the Warriors beat the Blazers 110-104 tonight…
– Mickael Pietrus has got his Ray Durham game-face on, and just in time. Many people, including myself, thought the Warriors missed a great opportunity to better their team at the trade deadline, possibly by trading for Ron Artest. But whether it was some good advice from his agent or a recent look at his own bank statement, Pietrus seemed to take the trade deadline as the shot in his arm he’s needed all year. Now he’s not only making shots, he’s blocking the.
– We’ve reached a golden age in the NBA. The rules changes have had something to do with it, helping teams score 110 points on a near nightly basis, but the talent level is off the charts, too. Watching Brandon Roy, Steve Blake and LaMarcus Aldridge and knowing they won’t make the playoffs is just the latest example of how deep this league has become.
– Brandan Wright is going to be awesome, but Chris Mullin already is. It’s almost like people are waiting for an NBA title to give him any credit (in fact, Don Nelson has gotten roughly 98 percent of the accolades for the Warriors transformation into a winning team), but he deserves credit now. Not only did he not trade Pietrus, turning a depressed Frenchman into Artest-lite (at least for now), Brandan Wright is perfect for this team: supremely athletic, loves to run and rebound, along with the ability to score inside. Jason Richardson was a crowd favorite, but provided no presence defensively, took shots away form Monta Ellis, and was another Warrior who loved to shoot threes. This roster has plenty who can fire from behind the arc, but precious few who can score against bigger players. Wright already has better moves than any other Warrior around the basket, including Andris Biedrins.
– Webber hurt his left knee in the first half, leading him to miss the second. I have to agree with what Bruce Jenkins said in yesterday’s Three Dot Lounge, the less playing time for C-Webb, the better.
– The Warriors have scored over 100 points in 22 consecutive games. The last time they failed to reach triple digits: a 109-91 loss in Portland on January 9.