Friday, November 5, 2010

Game # 5 vs. Utah - Preview

Big game for the Warriors and possibly Jeremy. A win here would be huge, starting the season 4-1 and heading out on a 5 game road trip.

With the Jazz having back to back games, Deron Williams should play about 35-37 minutes with Ronnie Price and Earl Watson getting the backup minutes. This should be a good matchup for JLin going against either journeyman. Lets hope that circumstances work out and Jeremy gets in the game.

15 comments:

  1. Here's hoping. This will be the second time I put off something just to stay home and watch JL play. Not the Dubs, to hell with them and their hater fans. Can't understand all the hate for a local asian guy in a city packed with asians. Damn this former hick town. GO JL, if he doesn't play tonight, i hope the Dubs lose by 30. Smart is a nice guy and all but if he doesn't start coaching correctly (not be so nice to scrub vets), he will have a loooong rookie coaching season ahead. Still can't believe Lin chose Dubs over Lakers!? Jackson knows basketball, he would play the better players at the right moment. And LA fans are soo much smarter in terms of Basketball and evaluating players.

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  2. Not active tonight. Sigh.

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  3. Not even active? Yikes. I think it's pretty clear that Smart refuses to play Lin at home early on. Don't worry, guys, big road trip coming up with four games in five days and Curry's ankle can't afford 40mpg.

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  4. Smart doesn't mind playing Curry all 48 minutes and overtime. He wants to prove to the team owners that he can win as a coach. Even if it's only a few wins early in the season. He doesn't care if it comes at the expense of his best players' health.

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  5. He looks good in the suit though. Hope he gets some playing time on the road.

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  6. Curry isn't playing well at all. Not yet anyway.

    I seriously love Curry (and like Smart from what I've seen), but seriously, the way Steph's being played heavy minutes despite having hurting his ankle in THREE straight games is just asking for trouble. I honestly think there's a 50/50 chance he goes down for a LONG time this season.

    And if that happens, JL could be seeing 20mpg whether or not he's "ready." So honestly, if you're a fan of JL but not the Warriors...this could be a weird blessing in disguise.

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  7. Like most, I would like to see JLin get a few minutes but the way the home crowd gets embarrassingly overzealous, it's a good decision for him to play on the road. On the other hand, DNPs at home can only add to an even more over the top reaction every time he goes to the scorer's table or just touches the ball.

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  8. "On the other hand, DNPs at home can only add to an even more over the top reaction every time he goes to the scorer's table or just touches the ball."

    EXACTLY. It works both ways. And for the record, while most sports fans don't realize this -- sports is just entertainment. That's all. And playing Lin entertains the crowd while giving minutes to someone who certainly deserves it as much as some lifetime scrub who's already had his chance and still can't get past 3rd string.

    I think Smart wants what's best for Lin, but it confused on how to do it (Smart's a "rookie" too). Also, like someone said, he's desperate to make a good impression by playing his starters super-heavy minutes early on. That way, even if they get injured, he can shrug and say, "Bad luck! I was winning when they were healthy!"

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  9. Let's be realistic. We all love Jlin, but playing Jlin is not Smarts priority. His priority is to win games. And, hes not going to care how many minutes his starters, particularly Curry and Ellis, are getting if they're healthy (and those heavy minutes guys certainly aren't going to complain about playing a lot -- no player would -- unless they were a vet who couldn't hack the minutes. but these guys are young and they can hack the minutes.) Prediction. Jlin will play much on the road when they are losing big... and not much else. there's no pressure on Jlin that way and anything positive he does will boost his confidence. if he plays poorly, the warriors would have lost the game anyway... . Smart is playing it smart for Jlin and his team. Look, they just beat the Jazz... they are off to a great start. And, Smart is going to want to bank all the home wins he can and try to steal a couple on the road... where they are gonna have many rough nights.

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  10. I hope Smart doesn't get too excited about winning against scrub teams. These are teams you are suppose to win. We'll see how he does against NBA elites. It just seems to me Smart is trying to get wins at any cost without thinking down the line. This is the difference between Championship coaches vs. average coaches that might get you 50 games but fail miserably during the playoffs year after year. It won't hurt to play Adrien and Lin a few minutes each game even if in garbage minutes. The experience they will gain will go a long way and may even develop into very serviceable pieces should the dubs reach the playoffs or an injury falls on Ellis or Curry.

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  11. "And LA fans are soo much smarter in terms of Basketball and evaluating players."

    LMFAO!!!! HAHAAHA are you serious??!!
    I've been living in LA for the past 4 years, and I don't have anything against the Lakers at ALL, but Laker fans are the MOST RETARDED people I've ever met! I'm sorry dude, but all Laker fans think they know everything only because they follow the championship team. They're fans of the team that is stacked and winning games all the time.. . therefore, in their minds, they HAVE to know what they're talking about.. .right??!! pssh!
    They think that since they're the championship team, it's every players best interest to join the Lakers and they could get whatever they want. I hear Laker fans talking crap and disrespecting Dwight Howard and creating rumors how they could get Lebron. They talk empty inconstructive crap about other teams just because they're fans of the Championship Team.

    Unless you're talking about Clipper fans, who are actually amazing at evaluating basketball, From first hand experience, I'm going to have to disagree with you there buddy.

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  12. Home fans have got to tune it down. Standing ovations every single time JLin touches the ball isn't helping him get used to the big stage.

    Calm down people. Let JLin learn and develop into a confident player. Even Monta said JLin has to learn not to play scared.

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  13. again with the "fans have to tune it down" statement. sheesh. he didn't even play today let alone be in uniform to even touch the ball. didn't even play during the memphis game either.

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  14. Both teams played embarrassingly bad b-ball tonight. Utah lost because they were missing their starting center (Okur) and didn't box out ever.

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  15. Anonymous 11:04 PM, what happened in last night's game doesn't change the message. It can't be said enough. You don't see a change in fans yet when JLin's in uniform do you?

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