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Warriors Win Ninth Straight: Thoughts on the NBA For 1/6/14

  • Another night, another win for the Golden State Warriors. This time they didn’t leave it until the buzzer like they did agains the Atlanta Hawks. Last night was a just a good solid win. And with Milwaukee, Brooklyn, Boston and Denver coming up, the streak could very well be 13 games heading into their matchup with Oklahoma City that will be on ESPN on January 17.

 

  • Speaking of the Warriors, I really liked this little play from late in the 2nd quarter last night. It shows just how much attention other teams pay to Steph Curry and Klay Thompson. It’s just a regular old down-screen from Andrew Bogut to free up Thompson (who has already come off a cross-screen from Curry on the baseline) on the wing. But Andre Iguodala, knowing that Marcin Gortat is going to focus on helping on Thompson, just lobs it up to Bogut for an easy layup. Gortat doesn’t even know the pass was thrown (check out the screen cap) until it’s too late, because he was solely focused on preventing Thompson from getting an open look off the screen, when Thompson isn’t even his man.

 

  • Even though the Lakers didn’t get the win last night, Kendall Marshall had another excellent outing. Getting the start again, he played 39 minutes (the most on the team) and though he scored just 9 points, he dished out 17 (!) assists and grabbed 6 rebounds. It’s far too early to make any real judgements about his future, but he’s sure looked good in these two games.

 

  • It hasn’t been officially confirmed, but the Courtney Lee-Jerryd Bayless trade looks like it is definitely going to happen. Lee did not play yesterday in the Celtics loss to the Thunder and also posted a farewell message on his Instagram page. It looks like a pure cost-cutting move for the Celtics who get out of the remainder of Lee’s deal. The Grizzlies, meanwhile, are in desperate need of three-point shooting and Lee has been knocking them down at a 44 percent mark this season. I am interested to see who or what else is included in the deal – something we should know later today.

jmaloney