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PLAYOFF RECAP: Warriors 99, Mavs 112 - Lack of Control

Some say that a victory for the Warriors tonight would have been too good to be true. In all of the playoff hype (hell even after we won the first game of the series) the Warriors have still remained a Cinderella team that should be in shock and awe to be in the position that they are in right now. And after a drought like ours, we should be honored to even trade buckets in a playoff match with the Mavs, right?

Wrong.

The fact is that we are in the playoffs. The fact is we did steal away Game 1 from the Mavs right underneath their own roof. The fact remains that we had a very good chance to do the same thing tonight, and for the first half of the game, everyone watching (Mavs fans included) thought the same thing. Yet perhaps the most important fact about tonight's game is the one that will hopefully resonate in the heads of every Warriors' player as they prepare for Game 3 in the Arena on Friday.

We lost this game by ourselves. We lost control of the ball, we lost control of our shots, and most importantly, we lost control of our emotions.

Final Box Score

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I'm pretty sure this picture doesn't even need a caption.

(Photo by Glenn James/NBAE via Getty Images)

Okay, I should probably get this out of the way before we continue to break down the rest of the game. Let's talk about Baron and Jackson's ejections.

No. I do not agree with every whistle blown on our boys tonight. But when I look back on the whole season of officiating on Warriors basketball, I rarely do. I would be happy to credit some (not all) of our foul trouble tonight to these whistles, but in no way does that excuse Jax and Baron from their ejections tonight.

If there is one thing that these two should have learned during the regular season, it's that poor calls are part of the game! It's one thing to get the boot during a regular season game, but why would you taunt the refs when you already have one technical under your belt in a playoff game?! Calm yourself for the good of the rest of your team!!

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Exactly how many points did you score from the locker room in the 4th tonight, Baron?

(Photo by Glenn James/NBAE via Getty Images)

It doesn't matter that it was merely sarcastic clapping on Baron's part; anyone who was watching that game knows that he was implying a level of favoritism on the part of the refs. That being said let me pose a hypothetical question to Baron:

"While something as mild as sarcasm would probably be overlooked by many other NBA refs, isn't it reasonable to assume that a ref who has already been handing you a raw deal in calls throughout the night might make yet another extreme call and eject you from the game?"

Think about it Baron. You know I got nothing but love for you. This is for your own good. Oh and tell Jessica to call me.

Jax's ejection was the scariest of them all. Even as I write this, I have no idea if the NBA is going to react to his excessive bantering as he left the floor. If he gets suspended from Game 3, we are going to be in a world of hurt. Well, maybe not, I mean he did only score... um... 30 points... tonight...

Crap.

Warriors Mavericks Basketball

You BETTER be back on Friday...

(AP Photo/Donna McWilliam)

Why did it all fall apart? In the 1st quarter Monta and Jax came out like beasts, dropping 13 and 12 on the Mavs, respectively. By the end of the 1st, the teams looked identical with both the Warriors and the Mavs chalking up 10 boards, 3 dimes, and shooting 11-23 from the field.

In the 2nd, the Warriors and the Mavs seemed to be at each others throats with the score. But out of our 24 (that's right, 24) turnovers tonight, we perhaps saw the stupidest one in NBA history during this quarter as Barnes dished his inbound pass directly back to Monta who was still standing out of bounds. It all went downhill from there.

For the rest of the game, the Mavericks did not need to strategically deconstruct our squad. All they simply had to do was to sit back and watch us make terrible passes (when we weren't trying to take every possession one on one), display horrendous handles, and essentially wait for us to crumble. When the smoke cleared, Howard, Terry, Harris, and even big Dirk himself stepped over our ruins and dominated us in the second half of this game.

So here we are. One and One in a series that no one in the world except for Warriors Nation thinks that we should even be in. So let me end this with a final question for the fans, the players, and the Bay Area as a whole.

"Is this series in our hands to win?"

Everything that I have seen so far, including this loss tonight, tells me "Yes." But it's also in our hands to lose. It's time to show the rest of the world what the Bay Area has known all season.

Is it Friday yet?

wwonder

Man I hate to even do it. Giving the Warrior Wonder to a player who lost control of his emotions to the point of ejection (possibly suspension) as well as giving up 8 turnovers tonight is always questionable. It needs to be recognized that what happened tonight was a huge liability. So despite your 30 points and staying in the fight tonight Jax, I'm giving it to Monta by default. He has some solid play, particularly in the first quarter, and was the most productive Warrior behind the two exiles.

I'd sure love to see JRich or TMNT wake up soon and grab a WW though! *ahem*

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All I can say is
Dissapointing!!! Do you really think they could suspend Jackson for that??? Let's hope not.  Friday's game should be awesome.  I'll be there.

by Number22Drew on Apr 25, 2007 11:11 PM PDT   0 recs

Jax didnt get all crazy
until after he got ejected. And with the absurdity of the first T and second T, I don't blame him. He was T'ed up for NO REASON whatsoever the very first time when it was clear that the altercation involved Baron/JET/Matt/Diop and those 4 were the ones that needed to be T'ed up. Only Baron and Diop were, Matt and JET shouldve been T'ed up too.

The 2nd one is sorta iffy, Jax was a gentleman all night long up until receiving that 2nd T. He didn't even do anything remotely close to being demonstrative to get his 2nd T. Everytime he was getting called for fouls he was respectfully talking to the refs and holding up his hand to accept the call. The refs were totally picking on Jax this game.

RUN TMC!

by ZombieWarrior on Apr 25, 2007 11:13 PM PDT   0 recs

He wasn't a gentleman all game
he yells when he thinks he is fouled, I hear sometimes he screams "Bitch" and he flings his hands

You are wrong.  Everyone knows Jackson is complaining the whole game.

by Zig on Apr 26, 2007 9:23 AM PDT to parent up   0 recs

lol
"a gentleman"

by GameSix on Apr 26, 2007 9:34 AM PDT to parent up   0 recs

i think the warrior wonder should go to
adonal foyle. first playoff points tonight, after all.

by jam3rz on Apr 25, 2007 11:17 PM PDT   0 recs

No Suspension
I don't think Jax will get suspended.  The first tech was total crap, and I think the league will recognize that and not do anything more than a fine.

I agree with Hash that the Warriors blew a golden opportunity to take full control of the series with a win, but capturing the homecourt advantage is a nice consolation prize.  The Warriors do seem to control the series.  When they play well (not great - just well) as they did in Game 1, they win.  When they lose composure, they lose.

I frankly don't see how Dallas won 67 games.  Dirk might be a reasonable MVP candidate in the WNBA, but I remain unconvinced that he is a superstar talent. Josh Howard is a really good player, and Terry and Stackhouse are above-average, but does that equal 67 regular season wins?

The Warriors control this series.  If they can play 3 clean games, they will win the series no matter how well Dallas plays.

Still annoyed that we drafted Tod Fuller

by teagle on Apr 25, 2007 11:22 PM PDT   0 recs

Garbage
If Jax gets suspended, it will be for no other reason then his prior reputation. This is a guy who has a history of loosing his temper (i.e. going dumb in the stands at the Palace, letting his gun pop off outside of a strip club, etc.). The NBA and all of pro sports right now needs scapegoats (see PacMan Jones). A suspension at the hands of David Stern would be a crushing blow to our W's success. I am hoping and praying for a small fine, but you never know. Also, it's the first GSOM column I've read in a long time (maybe ever) that actually comes out and legitimately criticizes our faithful W's, and I'm glad. We fell apart, and beat ourselves tonight.

Let's just hope for a better performance on Friday. We still haven't seen the Warriors that can win this series yet, but I'm thinking Friday is the day.

I'll be making the drive from LA back to the Yay...

GO DUBS!!!!!

by baykidforlife on Apr 25, 2007 11:33 PM PDT to parent up   0 recs

GSoM = No Homer Central
Also, it's the first GSOM column I've read in a long time (maybe ever) that actually comes out and legitimately criticizes our faithful W's, and I'm glad.

Haha, man you should check out last year's recaps and report cards. Good lord that was awful. Check out some of those blowout losses this year too. We are very critical of this team when they deserve it. Nothing but luv of course, but no homerisms.

by Atma Brother ONE on Apr 25, 2007 11:55 PM PDT to parent up   0 recs

Journalism
Hash and Atma, I just want to thank you guys and the rest of the leaders of this amazing blog to know that I think you all do an amazing job writing insightful, provocative columns and commentary. I have been reading on this site for most of this season, and I am continuously impressed by the quality of the journalism I see here. Thank God this place isn't full of Warriors-can-do-no-wrong homers who have nothing interesting or thought provoking to say.

Keep up keeping it real fellas!

by warriorfaninlakerland on Apr 26, 2007 12:06 AM PDT to parent up   0 recs

Game Thoughts
First of all props to my man Hash for this difficult recap. He kept it real.

On to the nightmare:

  • Honestly what was that out there tonight? Just awful in so many ways. This was not the Warrior team that won 10 of its past 11 games. This was not the Warrior team that won 7 of 8 against the Mavs. Who were these impostors?
  • 9 assists : 24 turnovers-- I couldn't believe my eyes. This team is supposed to be fun to watch with some great ball movement. The passing was just dreadful. Way too much one on one a la the Mavs' ugly offensive gameplan.
  • Why were the Warriors just so careless with the rock?
  • What's with getting picked at the 3pt line?
  • Why did BD only post up once during the game? It worked masterfully in the Game 1 win.
  • MIA: Al Harrington, Matt Barnes, Mickael Pietrus, Andris Biedrins- Out of this group only Matt Barnes has showed up to play in this series so far. (Barnes had a HUGE Game 1 to his credit)
  • Dirk looked very ordinary out there, but Josh Howard and Jason Terry looked very good. I can live with Howard looking good, but there's no reason why Terry should be blowing by defenders and outplaying JRich, Monta, and BD.
  • 4 for 20 from long distance? Ouch.
  • Under no circumstance should the Mavs be forcing more turnovers than the Warriors. That's their bread and butter.
  • What happened at halftime? The defense in the 3rd quarter was terrible.
  • I don't buy the first batch of techs on BD and Jax at all, but it was just inexcusable for them to pick up the second ones. Like Hash said- THIS IS THE PLAYOFFS.
I am very disappointed in how this team performed tonight. I am just not used to losing to the Mavs.

With the score even it's now back to scratch. 3 games in Oakland and 2 in Dallas with 3 to win.

Friday...

by Atma Brother ONE on Apr 25, 2007 11:31 PM PDT   0 recs

Good points
Especially re the lack of ball movement and sloppy ball control: they played precisely the way Sir Charles accuses them of playing.  But Avery made the right adjustments (going big; playing more physically; tightening the perimeter).  Let's see how Nellie reacts.  Some points:

Diop and Damp change the game a lot for the W's. When they're in -- especially Diop -- they slow down (often prevent) the drive to allow easy double-teaming (Baron went into the hole a lot last night, only to lose the ball on the way in; didn't happen Sunday when no one was home for the Mavs). The spin-off from this was that, with a big down low, Dallas was able to play much tighter perimeter D -- and the W's had few open looks for their threes.

Finally, for all his bluster, Sir Charles makes some good points. The W's often seemed as if they were "just throwing up shots" last night; movement was way down, slicing to the hole cut off by Diop or Damp, and the more physical play of the Mavs started getting to them. (Biedrins looked a tad better than in game one, but he's still off and definitely in need of some massaging by Nellie, since his confidence is shot at this point.) Also, although a bit overstated, Barkley's "Baron didn't want to play" comment wasn't far off the mark. BD needs to overcome his frustration, quit that pounding, one-on-one stuff when the Mavs have a big waiting down low, and start moving the ball. Let's just hope we can correct things quickly (and get JRich untracked -- good thing he's much better at home) enough to avoid Charles' most repeated comment that "the Warriors won't win another game."

This is where Nellie will either earn his pay or Avery will show people just how good a coach he is. It's a players' league, for sure, but never tell me coaching doesn't often make the difference. This'll be fun to watch -- and the key game should be next.

 

by johnl on Apr 26, 2007 8:42 AM PDT to parent up   0 recs

Oh, and Atma. . .
Your best point: 9:24 on the assists to turnover ratio.  Incredible!  And for a "movement" team unconscionable.  Fortunately, being at home should facilitate some serious improvement on both those numbers.

by johnl on Apr 26, 2007 9:22 AM PDT to parent up   0 recs

Honestly
What were they thinking? It was like they were trying to go one on one all night against the Mavs. There was virtually no good passing. I couldn't believe how poorly they moved the ball around and how careless they were handling it. It was like middle school ball out there- no passing and everyone trying to be "the man".

by Atma Brother ONE on Apr 26, 2007 9:34 AM PDT to parent up   0 recs

Control can be tricky
I'd make my own comment about the lack of control, but I've argued about that subject enough tonight.

And yes, the Warriors might not have had control for game 2, but we still have control for the entire series. Tied at 1, playing in Oakland for three of the next four, chip on our shoulders...you gotta like our odds. Friday is another day.

Whoever marries the zeitgeist will be a widower soon.

by J-Triumf on Apr 25, 2007 11:31 PM PDT   0 recs

GSoM HATES Stephen Jax
You guys always always are so hard on Jax.

"You BETTER be back on Friday..."

Bro he's not going to get suspended, maybe a fine for not leaving in a timely manner.

For GOD's sake, he scored 30, and kept us hanging around while baron's knee, harrington/jrich's suckiness was hurting us.  He helped carry us in the 1st half of game 1. He helped get us to the playoffs and bring that intensity.  It was the end of the game, we were done, Baron was gone, he was frustrated, give him a break and please understand that his first technical was a fluke cuz he was just trying to separate guys and understand that The WARRIORS lost this game, not just Stephen Jackson or Baron Davis' ejection.

You guys are hella wrong and I question why you guys have such an incredible double standard against Stephen Jackson.


If War brings Peace, Dubz' wit it then!

by gsdubz on Apr 25, 2007 11:33 PM PDT   0 recs

I'll admit it
I was skeptical of Jax when he first came. I thought he was just an average player who gets into trouble a lot. I thought he would help us out, but Al Harrinton was the best part of the deal. After watching the games, I can say that I was wrong. Al Harrington has been garbage to me this season (compared to expectations) with those nights he has when he goes 3 for 17, missing 6 lay ups. Jax on the other hand has proven to be a leader and go to guy on this team. All he has to do is control his temper (if possible) and keep him away from the night clubs.
2006-2007: Year of the Funleavy!

by thebigva on Apr 25, 2007 11:41 PM PDT to parent up   0 recs

Agreed
Al has got to do better scoring on Dampier, as Reggie pointed out.

by achiappanza on Apr 26, 2007 7:49 AM PDT to parent up   0 recs

No Way
Just because we hate seeing our sports heros self destruct does not mean that we hate them when they do.

Get real: this was one of the two biggest games this franchise has had in the last 13 years. A professional HAS TO BE SMARTER THAN THAT! He is being paid 7 million this year to stay on the court.

by warriorfaninlakerland on Apr 25, 2007 11:42 PM PDT to parent up   0 recs

Hey, Jax is a great player.
I just hated his temper tonight! It's my appreciation of what Jax contributes to this team, not just in his box score but in the fact that he is willing to go so strong to the hoop and draw fouls on a consistent basis, that make me so upset that he would lose his head and risk a suspension at such an important time!

The fact the he probably won't get suspended is great news, but like I said in the article, we're going to be in a world of hurt without him.

The ejections alone did not lose us this game. But losing our heads tonight was a contributing factor.

I trust you can agree with that GSDubz.

by Hash on Apr 25, 2007 11:43 PM PDT to parent up   0 recs

Agreed, but...
I just still see him contributing much more positive to our team than negative, and think it's unfortunate how badly criticized he gets.  Still deserved Warrior wonder, just for his efforts in both games in trying to keep us alive.

If War brings Peace, Dubz' wit it then!

by gsdubz on Apr 26, 2007 1:23 AM PDT to parent up   0 recs

I agree
You live by the gun and you die by the gun.  If it's passion that fuels sjax into being an offensive force and a dirk-stopper, then I'll take it.  He got ejected, meh, the game was seemingly out of reach when Baron was tossed either way.

When he came over in the trade, I was ecstatic that we were getting a player who actually shows passion and actively tries to win.  Does anybody miss Murphleavy?  Could anyone realistically say with a straight face that Murphy and Dunleavy COMBINED would've scored 30 in a playoff game?

Sjax will win us more games than he loses.  His infectious fervor translates to the frenetic defense we play.

by GameSix on Apr 26, 2007 9:41 AM PDT to parent up   0 recs

Exactly
Who would want a soft, cuddly Gentleman Jax when we have the fiery, NBA finals tested angry Jax.  Indiana got two really nice guys who won't get into any trouble in the DunMurphy sisters.  But that won't win them any games.

Besides...did anybody see them funneling Jax to the wrong exit?  He'd have been out with less of a fuss if they'd been taking him to the right place instead of then parading him behind the scorers' table and in front of the fans.  And Mavs fans weren't any classier than Jax was.

beard or pimp stache. take your pick. http://gswproject.blogspot.com

by BmDizBeard on Apr 26, 2007 10:35 AM PDT to parent up   0 recs

There is no doubt
the Warriors wouldn't be where they are without Jax and Baron but they have to learn how to play through adversity.  bad calls are going to happen

Reading Baron in the paper today he seems to totally understand and has not made excuses

Jax just seems to have a problem.  No matter how talented he is for the future how can you build a team around a guy who might lose it at any time?

by Zig on Apr 26, 2007 9:30 AM PDT to parent up   0 recs

nice recap
i agree with monta as warrior wonder because he did not get ejected AND because he is 1 of the reasons this team still had a chance in the 3rd quarter.

jax was mouthing off to the mavericks and the ref's for most of the game(and pretty loudly too). i already watched most of the game over again and it is pretty blatant. j-rich had only 1 good quarter, but the slipping and the tripping and general non-clutch performance all need to disappear for game 3. especially after jax is suspended for 1(or more) games. we will be lucky if they do not suspend baron for the buck teeth impression.

by stedanko on Apr 25, 2007 11:34 PM PDT   0 recs

post game press conference
i forgot to mention that the press conferences are available on nba.com already. coach thought both baron and jax pushed the envelope too far with the ref's tonight.

by stedanko on Apr 26, 2007 12:04 AM PDT to parent up   0 recs

even tho we played terrible
we were still in the game up until the end of the third quarter. i take that as a positive. we all know that the true warriors didn't show up in dallas, and yet we have a split. i have a feeling that the team will find themselves in oracle and will still make this one hell of a series.

by AJC3317 on Apr 25, 2007 11:44 PM PDT   0 recs

Great recap
Thanks Hash. And I respect you for coming out as you did against, how shall I term this, unsmart behavior.

by warriorfaninlakerland on Apr 25, 2007 11:44 PM PDT   0 recs

Wow
Game was absolute BS.

I'll be at Game Three with the "Unstoppable Baby" sign.

by BTT on Apr 25, 2007 11:52 PM PDT   0 recs

The Mavs were lucky to split
  Despite our poor play we were in the game till halfway thru the 4th.  If I was SJax I'd complain too, the game is suspossed to be about the players not the refs, Takin the best player off the court because he likes to talk makes a farce of the game. The funny thing is Jax would be the first to come to these refs aid if someone was givin them a truely bad time.
   What really went wrong here was we dint make the adjustment when the 3's wern't fallin and our inside shots were gettin blocked. We shoulda gone mid range and take diop and dampier out of the picture, then go back inside if they started to come out. We just got in a rut and I don't think it will happen again.

by Skeptic con Urquell on Apr 26, 2007 12:05 AM PDT   0 recs

Worst possible outcome
Barring an injury, can anyone imagine a less satisfying or more concerning scenario than that we witnessed tonight? I can't. The second half started great then it all fell like a house of cards. All around the country people are saying that the real teams showed up tonight and we can expect three more games like game 2 before the Warriors assume their rightful place in front of their TVs.

Yes, this hasn't changed the fact that I BELIEVE PLAYOFF, but I am a little embarrassed by the night's events. When you can't win with class it's nice to lose with dignity. If the Mavs did what we did tonight my jaw would have dropped, and I would have KNOWN the series was ours.

by warriorfaninlakerland on Apr 26, 2007 12:32 AM PDT   0 recs

homecourt...
wait til homecourt... come friday... the officiating will be better.  somebody give jackson some therapy or some anger management classes please!

by soylatte1234 on Apr 26, 2007 2:02 AM PDT   0 recs

Great recap, Hash.
Look, neither Jax nor Baron can be defended for their loss of emotional control tonight. No excuses. Especially for Jax after Baron had already been tossed. He needed to be the team leader for the rest of the game, but he wasn't around at crunch time because he couldn't control his mouth. That's not being a team player, that's letting your ego get in the way of team success. I hope he doesn't get suspended for 1 or more playoff games, but it wouldn't surprise me at all if he did. I don't care how bad the refs were, the bottom line is that he lost control in a big game in a big series. And I figured that Baron was going to get run out when he wouldn't stop clapping and smiling. I believe him when he said that he wasn't doing it to show up the refs, but unfortunately that's the impression he gave to the refs, and that's what counts. Very disappointing behavior and I would imagine especially so to his teammates who have fought so hard, along with Baron and Jax, to get this far.
Optimist

by believer on Apr 26, 2007 2:32 AM PDT   0 recs

that's it right there
" that's letting your ego get in the way of team success"

You hit it right there.  

by Zig on Apr 26, 2007 9:32 AM PDT to parent up   0 recs

The Game Was Rigged
All i have to say is:

Dallas shot 43 free throws,
millions of dollars were bet on dallas to win the game,

at least 4 blatent phantom calls against the warriors which were never replayed or talked about on air,

refs were paid off.  

The Warriors were going to lose this game NO MATTER WHAT, regardless of losing composure, which they did.  

If you think this is completely untrue, then please open your eyes.  

Nothing in this world will ever be pure if it involves MONEY.

by Cjassic on Apr 26, 2007 5:17 AM PDT   0 recs

Hmmm...
So, since the outcome of the game was pre-determined, am I safe in assuming you didn't bother to watch it? Did your "inside sources" happen to tell you how the rest of series would play out? If so, you might as well reveal it now and save us a lot of  headaches and stress.

And while you're at it, I think we'd all love to hear your theories about the moon landing, the JFK assassination, and 9-11...

by Sleepy Freud on Apr 26, 2007 7:17 AM PDT to parent up   0 recs

Funny stuff
Couldn't agree more.  No conspiracy here.  The W's got out-played and out-coached last night.  It can happen.  The point is not to look for bogeymen; it's to adjust (as Avery did yesterday).  The ball's in Nellie's court -- and he's back in Oakland.  I like our chances tomorrow.

by johnl on Apr 26, 2007 8:49 AM PDT to parent up   0 recs

Exactly
Let's not get too worked up over "only" going 1-1 in Dallas.  We proved yet again that we can play with these guys until things turned ugly in the fourth.

Don't act like a Mavs fan and get all panicked about 1 loss.  This is a 7 game series.

by DrDre on Apr 26, 2007 8:53 AM PDT to parent up   0 recs

I wish there was like some sort of sub forum
for people like you and a few others who actually know the game and have something reasonable to say about it

by Zig on Apr 26, 2007 9:38 AM PDT to parent up   0 recs

Warriors will lose in 7
Warriors will win the next game at home, lose the game on Sunday, lose at dallas, win at home, then ultimately lose at dallas.  Sounds like a pretty exciting series, great for TV and the bookies.  You laugh now, but remember this at the end of the series.  

Oh and the whole 9/11 thing watch "Loose Change" on google video.  It will wake you up to the World.

Nothing is ever as what it seems because you are constantly being lied to by the biased media, in favor of "popular opinion."

Most of you will probably read this and think i'm crazy, but the most sane person is made out to be "crazy" by the masses.  For the best example just remember Jesus.

The whole USA is constantely discussing sports, to blind the masses into not talking about real issues, such as the war in Iraq.  We have the worst president of all time, but the ignorant don't care about things like this, they care about the new york vs boston series.

I'm not saying you should be angry, but the truth hurts at first, and once  you get past this you can truely wake up to the world.

Let the ridicule begin.

by Cjassic on Apr 26, 2007 2:56 PM PDT to parent up   0 recs

OK, Jesus
And where'd you get this info? From your divine source or out of your ass? I thought so.

Believe me, I've got my eyes open. Don't know about you, but I'm perfectly capable of thinking about the Warriors while putting them in proper perspective against the ongoing disaster in Iraq. At this point I think 80% of America -- and 99% of the world -- knows what kind of President we have. The last thing the ignorant "masses" need is self-important half-wits like you lecturing them to "wake up."

Get off your friggin' high horse, Mr. Christ.

by Sleepy Freud on Apr 26, 2007 4:06 PM PDT to parent up   0 recs

lots of weird calls
on both sides, but I wouldn't be surprised if there was some calls made to ensure that this series dragged out as long as it could.

The Warriors definitely did not get it done on the defensive end and were extremely careless with the ball on the offensive end (not to take credit away from Dallas, but (not to make excuses necessarily) this league is a business and Cuban and Stern got more to lose than the Mavs -- I believe -- if the Warriors take them down.  As the theory goes, mid market teams don't get crap, as many of us have noted about national media attention to west coast teams not named "Lakers."  

The Warriors have to earn the respect, but there's been a lot of strange officiating and we know Cuban's got weight.

by dj fuzzylogic on Apr 26, 2007 9:21 AM PDT to parent up   0 recs

this is hair-splitting at this point,
but i can't let an utter inaccuracy about my boy Barnes get memoralized like that.  i assume pretty much everyone has Tivo at this point, so there's no excuse for you to merely take the anouncer's/ref's perception of this as fact (haven't we pretty much learned at least this lesson yet?).  watch Barnes "inbound" pass again Hash.  neither Monta, nor Barnes, are EVER out of bounds with ball contact on this play, period.  they are confused, no doubt, but never actually commit the turnover they were whistled for.  you can throw the ball back and forth inbounds and argue about who's going to take it out all you want (unless this somehow starts the 5 second clock, but to my knowledge that's not what was called).  the whistle was blown out of assumption/false perception as are 90% of the whistles in the NBA, which is why both Barnes and Monta were quickly in the ref's face giving him the WTF.  i'll admit that Barnes pulls this face too regularly, but Monta?

by 321 IN n OUT on Apr 26, 2007 6:28 AM PDT   0 recs

You are right
That was a bad call by the refs, who officiated all night with the underlying assumption that the Mavs are supposed to win.

BD did not have a good game, and he gets worked up when this happens.  I was not surprised to see him ejected at all.  

Jax's ejection was unfair to say the least-- he was trying to keep the peace and got hit with the T.  Why did the W's get two technicals while the Mavs got one?  Diop was the initiator and just as many Mavs entered the fray.

In the final analysis, though-- the Mavs played better ball last night.  We have to move the ball better and be more of a swarming type defense-- you could see in the first quarter that the W's were in trouble.

by DrDre on Apr 26, 2007 8:49 AM PDT to parent up   0 recs

monta was on knbr just now for MIP award
he said that he asked the ref to review the call during halftime and that the ref came back to him to confirm that it was a bad whistle...

he was also asked if he had ever received a tech and we all know the answer to that question already. he talked about his ability to stay humble. if every warrior can handle the ref's for the rest of the series like this kid does, we should be in good shape.

nellie show is in 15 mins or so.

by stedanko on Apr 26, 2007 4:21 PM PDT to parent up   0 recs

It was Barnes Technical
No one on TV pointed to the fact that the Refs meant to give the T to Barnes and Diopp. I understand why Jackson initially blew up after being falsely identified. I wish they would have gone to the TV monitors to correct it, did they refs use the TV? His last T did not matter, game was over.

BD deserved his Ts and was yapping non stop. I actually thought the refs gave him plenty of slack and did not eject him earlier because the whole star player, Tim Duncan incident. BD would not stop and dug his grave. Your star player can not act like that in the playoffs, period.

Where was JRich? He was a non show.

by Mac G on Apr 26, 2007 7:14 AM PDT   0 recs

last night
We got a split in Dallas. We're happy right? Well, we didn't play like it. I for one thought the officiating was definetly in Dallas' favor. That being said, we were still in the game, and controlled our own fate. BD didn't have a good game even before he was ejected. Jax played pretty well offensively, but had way too many turnovers, the worst probably being where he dribbled the ball off his shoe which turned into a Josh Howard freebie layup. The thing that makes me worried is our composure. In a playoff series, it has a lot to do with attitude and composure. That's why you see very few technicals and ejections in the post season. The guys know the limits, and they shouldn't have put the refs in a position where they could eject them. That being said, I expect we come out in Oakland and take care of business. I still say Warriors in 6.
Playoff Rally 2006-2007

by tadams1080 on Apr 26, 2007 8:32 AM PDT   0 recs

moving on....
forget the refs...we didn't deserve to win.  we played like crap.  

baron and jax went overboard last night...no matter what the refs did.  but they are the heart and soul of the team, and i forgive them.  

luckily, it couldn't have happened on a better night when we were playing like crap anyway and we still come home for a best of 5 series and home court advantage.

i still believe we're legitimately the same team that finished 9-1, etc.  i still like our chances.    

go dubs!

by TMC Forever on Apr 26, 2007 9:57 AM PDT   0 recs

yeah
After my intial anger last night, i wake up just feeling embarassed that our 2 leaders lost their cool and got ejected in a playoff game.  We were still in the game at that point too.  We lacked the composure we had during the stretch run making it into the playoffs (and even in Game 1), where we played through bad calls and what not.

What's worse, is that the Mavs looked freaked in the first half that we were still hanging right with them.  If anything, we gave them confidence that we'll just implode this series away.

by dirrty on Apr 26, 2007 10:52 AM PDT   0 recs

Warriors will lose in 7
Warriors will win the next game at home, lose the game on Sunday, lose at dallas, win at home, then ultimately lose at dallas.  Sounds like a pretty exciting series, great for TV and the bookies.  You laugh now, but remember this at the end of the series.  

Oh and the whole 9/11 thing watch "Loose Change" on google video.  It will wake you up to the World.

Nothing is ever as what it seems because you are constantly being lied to by the biased media, in favor of "popular opinion."

Most of you will probably read this and think i'm crazy, but the most sane person is made out to be "crazy" by the masses.  For the best example just remember Jesus.

The whole USA is constantely discussing sports, to blind the masses into not talking about real issues, such as the war in Iraq.  We have the worst president of all time, but the ignorant don't care about things like this, they care about the new york vs boston series.

I'm not saying you shouldn't be angry, but the truth hurts at first, and once  you get past this you can truely wake up to the world.  Regardless if my prediction of the series is accurate, you have to believe some of the things i'm saying is right.  And if you still think i'm crazy, you will be blind to the truth your whole life.  Peace Love and Happiness.

Let the ridicule begin.

by Cjassic on Apr 26, 2007 3:01 PM PDT   0 recs

So true you had to write it twice
Wow, Mr. Jesus, you really do think we're imbeciles, don't you? If we mortals can't be trusted to remember your sermon a few posts down in the same thread, how can we ever be expected to discover "the truth"?

I can't remember now: to attain your level of enlightenment, was it the blue pill or the red pill I'm supposed to take? Can I have some of that Kool-Aid to drink it down with?

by Sleepy Freud on Apr 26, 2007 4:49 PM PDT to parent up   0 recs

oh and another thing
the truth will not come to you, you must go in search for the truth.

life is a journey, start it today.

by Cjassic on Apr 26, 2007 3:06 PM PDT   0 recs

great recap
I agree with the comments about the assists/turnovers. Where were the Dubs? That team with 9 assists definitely wasn't us. The good thing is that the Mavs haven't seen the real Warriors, especially JRich or Al, in game 1 or game 2.

by Caught Backcourt on Apr 26, 2007 4:29 PM PDT   0 recs

JRICH
Seriously, when will Jrich and TMNT get going? jesus... the home crowd better get them started. If we start hitting our threes, we will truly be USTOPPABLE BABY

by ak47ber on Apr 26, 2007 6:23 PM PDT to parent up   0 recs

Nothing is ever as what it seems
  "because you are constantly being lied to by the biased media, in favor of "popular opinion."
"the most sane person is made out to be "crazy" by the masses.  For the best example just remember Jesus."
"The whole USA is constantely discussing sports, to blind the masses into not talking about real issues"

    But it IS what it seems if you study what you are looking at, takes an open mind though.
 The media lies  because it's owned by those with greed in their hearts, they don't really care about opinion cause they know most people can be fooled into embracing their own demise.
   Yep, takes a lot of "sanity" to get nailed to a cross. Ever stop to think that story  might be the ultimate opiate for the masses?  Even more than the Mavs versus the GSNHHos?
  Here's to friday's game! hope Baron and Sjax have revenge in their hearts!!

by Skeptic con Urquell on Apr 26, 2007 7:49 PM PDT   0 recs

Screw the refs!
The refs took the game away from the team! Pressure still on the Mavs!

by migya on Apr 28, 2007 9:25 PM PDT   0 recs

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