Golden State Warriors

The most important game of the year for the Warriors…No, seriously

The Warriors are playing the second game of what seemed like a cruel joke of a back-to-back when the schedule was released, a road game against the Lakers after facing the Celtics at home. The game takes place in about an hour, and it’s not crazy to say this is the Warriors’ most important game of the year.

You think Alex Smith has excuses? Have you LISTENED to Fitz and Brooks over the past few years? Apparently front office retardery and a coach with an axe don’t matter, it’s the injury issues that have caused the Golden State Warriors to become the worst non-Timberwolvian team in the Western Conference.

Now the Warriors are on a mighty huge roll, relatively speaking. They’ve won two straight games against good (but exhausted) teams at home, and even though they’re facing their second game in two nights, so are the Lakers, who lost 118-103 in Phoenix last night. They have everyone available that they could possibly expect this season, since Kelenna Azubuike suffered a season-ending injury and Brandan Wright’s shoulder and Tracy McGrady’s knee are one and the same.

Win tonight against the struggling Lakers, and now you have something. Sure, it’s a team that would still have more than twice as many losses as wins, but if Monta Ellis keeps on scoring, Anthony Randolph keeps getting a chance to handle the ball in transition and Corey Maggette keeps doing his best impression of an athletic Matt Harpring, the Warriors will actually give Fitzgerald a chance to wax poetic about Nellie and the boys without lying through his teeth.

– Speaking of Fitz, he got absolutely blasted by Peter Vescey in the NY Post, and not because of the pink-shirt/even-pinker-tie ensemble he was showing off last night. Apparently I’m not the only one who’s noticed that Fitz and Jim Barnett have gotten more and more homerish by the game, and in a game I didn’t watch more than 10 minutes of last week (Warriors/Grizz), the tandem went off on Jamaal Tinsley after the whole Monta Ellis foul situation. A situation which on KNBR was made out to be highway robbery the next morning. Either Vescey has some sort of affinity for Tinsley, or Fitz and Barnett were out of control. Or maybe both. Thanks to Geoff Lepper for the heads up.

– Changing gears, I had no idea that Mark DeRosa had wrist surgery in November, and the fact that the Giants’ training staff gave DeRosa the OK on his physical doesn’t soothe my fears a bit for one reason (two words): Freddy Sanchez.

– Three 49ers made the Pro Bowl: Patrick Willis, Vernon Davis and Andy Lee. Sounds about right.

– Pretty disappointing for Scot McCloughan that neither Nate Clements nor Justin Smith have even sniffed Pro Bowl consideration since coming to San Francisco. Just goes to show there’s nothing you can count on less than expensive NFL Free Agents.

– Still can’t tell which KNBR ads are worse, “The Talker” or “Kars for Kids.”

– Got a text from my sister last night from some bar in San Jose saying it’s too bad I hate hockey. As I wrote back to her, “Hate and apathy are not the same thing.”

– Would you rather have Mark DeRosa, Jermaine Dye and Juan Uribe or Juan Uribe and Matt Holliday? Thought so. If the Giants pull another Moises Alou and go for Dye at this point after turning up their noses years ago when he was a young bargainish free agent with multiple 30+ homer seasons still left in him, I’m going to take all my SF Giant ticket money for next year and spend it instead on the SJ Giants. Actually, that might not be a bad idea anyway.

– OK, I’m off to go watch the Warriors’ judgment day. Can Fitz possible out-fem last night’s outfit? We shall see.

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