first: disclaimers in favor of warriors.
back to back after running fiesta with denver.
phoenix has been playing winning basketball lately and has a very good coach.
on the road.
which leads to: keith smart playing zone, because most probably thinking we have no legs for one on one with this rested phoenix team, which is veteran like fast. zone which, and this is on smart, without legs is dead sentence against great three point shooting team. you simply can't zone without fast rotations, and that was precisely what happened - open three pointers all night long for phoenix.
strangely, i start to believe that our players, when tired, and they were tired from start, lose all their swagger, if they have any. i just can't think that they do not go out to play, it's just that they lose the desire very fast, because you can't do much only by willing if you are not a superstar player and depend on quickness. thus, 'motion offense' keeps on leading nowhere since moving doesn't produce an advantage, but only kills attack timing. this could be on smart (i still think his motion offense is very bad, because it rarely ends up with players being in a positon to shoot, they still have to create their own shot in the end, which, well, is not what any set of plays should deliver), but maybe, also, on fatigue. and, given our bench, fatigue is inevitable, unless we would be tanking.
phoenix also has been playing good defense lately, which means they allow low percentage of opponents shots, and since we relied on jump shots from motion offense, it only took us that far. i think there were too little legs to drive to the hoop, and too little offensive ingenuinity to have open looks for tired players.
as for timely trash time, we saw what we have in our bench. beides udoh, and some moves from bwright, there's really nothing worthy of an nba bench. lin and bell are terrible. i would easily beat lin in horse game, he has an ugly shot. like someone said in other blogs: lin makes biedrins look like a shooter. charlie bell? he hit as good as he ever could, that is 2-6. usually he would go 1-7 or something like that, waste of space. radmanovich, man, after some month of good basketball he's back into oblivion, still he could contribute from bench in defined role as a four in certain mismatches. the bench played not too ugly, but phoenix being in big advantage didn't make them play as if something was on the line. so, besides, some obvious things, this bench play was of no significance.
except for udoh. he needs to play more. and not because we need him develop (which we do, of course), but because he simply helps us to play better. it's sad that our frontcourt best defender and soon to be adequate offender is a rookie. or maybe encouraging - after randolph/wright fiascos.
bwright, weel i think he can play against second/third strings of another team and provide some quick shots/points. otherwise, i don't see him being good enough to warrant more playing time.
and, yes, i still think that curry in motion offense is a fish in a tank.