Another night game, another loss. After coming off a two game road win streak, the Warriors were bounced from their winning ways and sent packing with a loss. Statistically, the Warriors were pretty much even with the Nets. I mean come on, the NETS!!! They are offensively talented right now and I don’t think that they are very good on defense. The one big area that the Warriors had problems on was boxing and rebounding. The Nets out rebounded the Warriors 45-25 with the Warriors giving up 16 offensive boards. That with the combination of shooting only 67% from the charity strip, it almosts guarantees a loss.
Again, Ellis had a great night. He dropped 30 points, 6 steals and 5 assists. David Lee had a quiet night with only 12 points and 10 boards, even though he had another double double. Dorell Wright is starting to come alive on the offensive end, contributing 17 points but not much else. Off the bench, it has been a roller coaster ride with Klay Thompson as he tries to find some consistency in his game. In 23 minutes, he scored 12 points and was playing in tight situations.
Something needs to get done about Andris Beidrins. The guy may have bulked up, but the guys is awful. Can the Warriors look for a place to dump him? Even if the Warriors don’t get much back (aka just salary cap space), it would be best to get rid of him. In 23 minutes he only scored six points and grabbed three boards. This is what you are getting from your STARTING center. I understand the guy is no Dwight Howard, but seriously, these numbers are pathetic. Looking around the league, there are other guys in different positions that are rebounding better than he is. In a quick look around the league, Beidrins is ranked behind fellow teammate Kwame Brown (25), who is out with an injury, at number 27 (ranking Centers only). The other 26 guys ahead of him aren’t necessrary younger, but they are hungrier. And it is apparent. I wrote a column about how it would be nice to have Samuel Dalembert. Like Beidrins, he is offensively challenged by has a much better defensive presence than Beidrins. He is ranked at 18 and averages about 7+ rebounds per game. He is more than double on O boards compared to Beidrins. And overall, I think he is more athletic than Beidrins, which is a plus for this team.
But one can only dream. The Warriors head home for six games ( or seven if you want to include Sacramento as a home game since it is literally two hours away) starting with the Indiana Pacers this Friday.