Seriously, what more do you want from one guy, who is an All-Star but not a super star? David Lee posted another high double digit game while rookie Klay Thompson chipped in a nice night. In the end, it wasn’t enough. It has been never enough since the trade. Had Ellis been here, the game would be different, but would the result been the same? One would think so. As good as Ellis is, he wasn’t able to carry a team. Not a team that is made up of guys who other teams have given up on. The Warriors are just putting band aids on wounds that are large and fresh.
The Mavericks are well-known around the Bay Area for one of two things. One, they were the team in 2007-2008 season who came in as favorites to win it all, number one seed against the lowly, barely got in Golden State Warriors. I’m a fan. I’m a great fan because even though they are horrendous, I still love them. But I knew they couldn’t beat the Mavs. You kidding me right? They have Dirk. They had Jason Terry. They had….well to be honest, you look at the roster and there isn’t else, but still, they had the best record in the NBA 67-15! But you remember Baron Davis, Stephen Jackson and Jason Richardson. No big guys, but ball small guys who could score and score in bunches. Ellis was just a rookie. Al Harrington still showed his swagger in the Bay. No one could predicted the Warriors win and win with fashion. The Mavericks went down limping.
The second reason the Mavericks are remembered is because of one player. No Brandan Wright wasn’t an all-star caliber player but he’s found a nice home since leaving Golden State. Seems to be a familiar theme with this team. He scored 16 points and grabbed nine boards. Wright was a first round lottery pick but never panned out to be anything at Golden State. Either Don Nelson never found a way for him to fit in or Rick Carlise is a genius. Either way, Wright came back to haunt them (as Harrington did with Denver) and I’m beginning to wonder whether or not Dallas’ Wright is better than the Wright the Warriors suit up.
At no point in last night’s game the Warriors were ahead. They were outscored every quarter except the fourth, but by then the deficit was too much to overcome. Statiscally, they were in the game. They out rebounded, out hustled the Mavericks throughout the night. They even outscore the Mavs in the paint 46-40!
The lead was cut to three with plenty of playing time left. But no one could match Dirk, as he came back in and started a barrage of scoring for the Mavs. A couple of threes and the charge back for a win quickly disappeared.
Lee and Thompson did all they could. Lee finished the night with 30 points and eight boards. Thompson had 24 points, seven boards and eight assists. With no one else to help offensively and defensively, this team is just waiting for the season to end (I almost feel bad for Richard Jefferson, who was on a Spurs team who is poised to make the playoffs and sent to a losing team instead. He only had seven points in the losing effort.) Nate Robinson continues was the high bench scorer with 10 points and six assists.
The Warriors hit the road for one game against the Los Angles Clippers on Saturday. Tip-off time is at 3:30pm PST.