Let the tanking begin. Currently the Warriors are the ninth-worst team in the NBA, and they need to drop to the seventh-worst record and retain their first round pick that would be shipped to Utah otherwise. The Warriors are on a five-game skid, and over the weekend lost to the New Jersey Nets and the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Warriors dominated the Nets for practically the whole game, but could not hang on when the Nets finally made a run in the fourth quarter. At one point in the third quarter, the Warriors were up by nineteen. Deron Williams was held to a measly nine points and did not score a field goal until the fourth quarter, but had 20 assists in the win. Gerald Wallace erupted for 24 points and 18 boards, and Kris Humpries added 20 points with 9 rebounds. David Lee was a bright spot for the dubs with 27 points and 6 rebounds, and has been consistently stepping up when the team needs him most. For now, he is the lone big man on the roster constantly facing larger centers, and it will remain that way for the remainder of the season. Klay Thompson and Charles Jenkins were solid contributors with 14 points and 18 points respectively. The two, with Jeremy Tyler, make up three rookies in the starting lineup. They will most likely be developed for the remainder of the season as Stephen Curry and Andrew Bogut tend to their injuries.
The Warriors could not stop Kobe Bryant last night. He dropped 19 points in the
first quarter on his way to a 40 point game. The Warriors were exposed against the height of Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum, who had left the game with an ankle injury. Ramon Sessions also tacked 23 points. David Lee had 27 points with 6 boards and 7 assists. His played the majority of the game and has a motor that doesn’t stop even if the team is seen as tanking. He led the Warriors to a furious comeback in the fourth after previously being down by 13, but once again came up short. The Warriors are making games close but just do not have the talent right now to win games. All sights are set toward next season, with the team healthy and hopefully ready to make a run into the postseason.