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Blogcat's Take, 3/6


Oooh yeah, three in a row!  Not since the halcyon days of November 1st to the 19th have we looked this good.  Apparently, Jeff McInnis’ way with the Dark Side was more powerful than even I thought.  Even without Gerald Wallace, we racked up one W on the road and another over a playoff-hungry Warriors team.  Granted, the Minnesota T-Wolves are the NBA equivalent of William Hung: sort of endearing and inspiring, but mostly untalented.  Have you seen these guys?  They’re all sort of misshapen, almost like they’re defective models off the NBA player assembly line.  Craig Smith is kind of rotund and overly sweaty, Corey Brewer is skinny, Marko Jaric is squinty, Randy Foye’s kind of stocky, Bassy Telfair is kind of slow and small and can’t really shoot, Antoine Walker is kind of a salary dump, etc.    
 
Even that “Wolf howl” sound effect blasts over the PA system at inappropriate moments.  I swear I heard one after Jason Richardson drilled a 3-pointer.  They also have a pair of television announcers who are unmatched in their ability to generate awkward silences after weird, vaguely homoerotic outbursts.  After a generic put-back, one of them inexplicably yelled out, “Kirk Snyder is GOOD!!” (ensuing long silence).  The best shout-out was, “Emeka Okafor is a MAN!” (ensuing long silence).  Not “the man,” mind you, “a man.”  I also took offense to one of them asserting that Jason Richardson is “the first go-to guy in Bobcats history.”  Excuse me?  Obviously, these guys have never heard of the legend that is Jason Hart.
 
None of this stopped the Wolves from getting indignant over a loss to the likes of us.  Head coach Randy Wittman went all Neville Chamberlain afterward.  "Tonight we tried to have a nonaggression pact with the other team, from the first play of the game to the last play of the game," Wittman said. "That's disappointing."  Wait, did he just compare Sam Vincent to Hitler? 
 
Then came the Warriors.  You know how there’s been an endless debate over who are the biggest trade-deadline “winners” and “losers”?  Here’s my choice for a winner: Chris Webber.  He’s got to be thanking his lucky boosters that this year’s deadline wasn’t as quiet as last year’s, otherwise people would have had nothing better to do than focus on what a terrible acquisition he’s been: 9 games, 14 minutes per, 4 points, 2 assists, 4 reboards (and all these numbers rounded up).  Fortunately for him, the plethora of deals has completely taken the spotlight off his disastrous reunion with Golden State.            
 
As for the game itself, the Warrior roared out of the gate with 38 first-quarter points.  Sam Vincent had to call two timeouts, and it had the same demoralizing effect as a boxer receiving two standing 8-counts in the first round.  Monta Ellis was so fast that at times he seemed to be moving through people; he’s like X-Men’s Kitty Pryde if she also had the ability to draw lots of shooting fouls.  Given Ellis’s speed, it’s mystifying why they didn’t just give the rock to him for the last 5-and-a-half minutes when they were ahead 106-105—he seemed a mortal lock to either score or draw the foul every time he had the ball.  Instead, Stephen Jackson, Kelenna Azubuike, and Al Harrington all missed two 3-pointers apiece, and we pulled away for the win.
 
But I’m skipping a whole bunch.  Before all this came a stunning turnaround of a 2nd quarter, in which we cut their first quarter scoring by half (just 19 points) and came storming back to take a 2-point lead at the intermission, spearheaded by Earl Boykins’ 9 points in the period.  Matt Carroll scrapped for 11 boards and 4 steals, and Okafor got to the foul line 18 times.  Our two most positive trends lately—Richardson and Jared Dudley—also continued to blossom.  Richardson scored 42 points and Dudley did just about everything else—18 rebounds, 2 blocks, and a steal.  He also drew numerous charges and generally played like a muthaf---in’ spiteful, delightful, eyeful. 
 
Winning feels better than anything—even better thinking of Jeff McInnis in the past tense.  Over the last two games, we’ve hit 52-of-70 foul shots, committed just 22 total turnovers, had 8 of the 10 starters score in the double-digits, and exhibited crunch-time defense (just 37 total fourth-quarter points allowed)—is this how it feels to cheer for the Spurs every game?  Woooowww.  




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