Golden St. Warriors
Rob Mahoney: Upside and Motor
ClipperSteve: Clips Nation
Phoenix Stan: Bright Side of the Sun
Tom Ziller: Sactown Royalty
Also see links to all the previews at CelticsBlog.com
In hindsight, maybe dude should have gone with a different fashion choice…
Last night the Charlotte Bobcats defeated the Los Angeles Lakers on their home court 108-95. Jason Richardson lit up the Lakers for 34 points, 10 rebounds, 3 steals and 2 blocks. Matt Carroll helped out with 18 points and Emeka Okafor arose from the dead with 11 points and 11 boards. The icing on the cake was seeing Kobe lose his cool and get kicked out of the game
It was a fun night… unless of course you are a Laker fan.
“I went in and made my little floater,” McInnis modestly explained afterward. Actually, McInnis has been making little floaters all year—the kind you find in toilets, so it was good to see him make a positive contribution for once. McInnis is still about as useful as tonsils when it comes to defense, as Atlanta’s PGs proved by combining for 55 points and just 5 assists in a dribble-penetration free-for-all; and I have no idea why Earl Boykins played just 5 minutes, but hey, let McInnis have his floater. We didn’t have Gerald Wallace, we twice came back from 14 points down, and we were trailing by 10 with just 9 minutes left, so I’m not complaining.
I’m also happy for Raymond Felton, who followed up a 29-point, 8-assist game against LA with a 22-point, 7-assist performance last night—in 52 minutes. The guy is obviously in “kitchen-sink” mode right now trying to produce wins. And without Wallace to distract opponents, not to mention Jason Richardson scoring just 10 and 19 over the last two games, Raymond is getting covered more than Beatles songs. It’s not like he’s feeding off of the crowd, either. Against LA, the crowd was pro-Kobe; against Atlanta, the crowd was pro-staying home. Bobcats Arena was so dead last night that I could have studied for mid-terms in there. Felton has been getting some creative assistance from Nazr Mohammed (22 and 11 vs. LA) and Emeka Okafor (20 and 21 vs. Atlanta), but that’s about it.
Perhaps the Lakers game on Monday was a turning point. Though we lost—and pretty handily—we at least showed some spunk against a team that’s got everything going for it, getting to within 3 with about 6 minutes to play. I also can’t be too critical when it comes to losing to LA because—and I’m shamed to admit this—I have NO IDEA what the Triangle Offense is. Seriously, I really don’t know. Why do I have such a problem understanding it? After all, it’s not like a triangle is a particularly complex shape—heck, it’s only got three sides. But you might as well call it the “Bermuda Triangle Offense," because it’s totally mysterious to me. Pao Gasol appears to have it down, though. He must have been studying it during those times when most people are normally shaving and combing their hair. His 26 boards, 6 points, and 6 assists—to go with Kobe’s 31—made us look like the Flint Tropics.
Remember that old line from the 40s or 50s about the Yankees: “rooting for them is like rooting for US Steel”? Rooting for the Bobcats is the exact opposite. It’s like rooting for Charlie Brown or Ziggy. We already dropped two to lowly Atlanta this year, for crying out loud, and they weren’t even close. The first two times were earlier in the season, when I was naïve enough to be disappointed. This time I fully expected a trouncing, because—as the Atlanta announcers duly noted—physically, every one of our starting 5 is on the wrong end of a complete mismatch with their starters. But Josh Smith got into foul trouble early (eventually fouling out), as did Al Horford and Marvin Williams, to negate the size advantage. This facilitated Okafor’s 20-20, as well as illuminated one of his more underrated skills: staying out of foul trouble while maintaining his high-caliber defense. Next thing you know, we’d stolen an OT-win and get to go to All-Star Break on a high note. McInnis hit his floater, we stopped their last-gasp effort, and the crowd went…back home.
Last night in the third quarter of the preseason game versus the Lakers, Adam Morrison went down with what was initially diagnosed as a left knee sprain. TAccording to those at the scene however it may be significantly worse:
Morrison immediately crumpled to the floor, grabbing his knee in
severe pain. Coach Sam Vincent said Morrison felt a “popping’’
sensation in the joint.
“I knew it was no good – that wasn’t just a sprain,’’ said Walton. “I said a prayer for him. That looked really, really bad.’’
was scheduled for an X-ray last night and a magnetic resonance imaging
this morning. The MRI is a more revealing test for soft tissue damage.
Morrison left the arena on crutches, his knee heavily bandaged.
looked like he got shot – it was hard to watch,’’ said teammate Matt
Carroll, who witnessed the injury from the bench, straight across from
Morrison. “It wasn’t hard to tell how much pain he was in, from the way
he was yelling. I couldn’t look at the replay’’ on the scoreboard above.
Adam’s comments following his injury found via HoopsWorld
"I planted my leg and then I felt it (knee) popped and my leg
locked up," Morrison said. "I was in extreme pain. They don’t
know exactly what it is yet.
"The X-ray was fine but I am getting an MRI tomorrow so we will
find out further about what is going on. I am worried right
now. Hopefully I am lucky and it’s just a minor tear or
With Sean May on crutches ( again or still… depending on how you look at it ), Primoz Brezec working his way back into shape after family issues
, Othella Harrington working his way back from a knee injury and our
rookie first round pick Jared Dudley yet to play this preseason because
of turf toe, the last thing that we need is one of our main rotation
guys going down with a season ending injury.
Lets hope that somehow this injury isn’t as bad as it looks and that today’s MRI cuts us a break.