Thursday, February 16, 2012
PLAYOFF HOPES TAKE AN UGLY TURN
This was as close to a sure win as could be and they blew it. I thought they were getting better with chemistry building and roles being established, but this loss illustrated just how fragile the lineup is. It seems as if everything has to go right for them to win even the most winnable games. The 'scrappy' Warriors did not show up last night, 3 point shots weren't falling, production from the bigs was absent, Monta was benched even when the offense struggled, and Mark Jackson's rotation pattern was questionable at best.
I set a goal of a minimum record of 7-11 for the homestand and they didn't make it. Barring an Ellis for bigman trade, they will likely fall completely out of the playoff race now that the 'easy' part of the schedule is out of the way and tough road games lie ahead.
As if all this wasn't bad enough, Jeremy Lin, our former backup PG, is lighting the sports world on fire. We had him, but let him get away.
If they couldn't beat the depleted and tired Blazers at home, I don't have faith that they can make a run for the 8th seed. It's time to call in the tanks and pivot towards keeping our draft pick. It's the only way to salvage an already dismal season in the making.