Dirk is Second Best


Dirk is Second Best


Matt Steinmetz

Dirk Nowitzki is one of the games best players, and his talentis undeniable. Id take him on my team any day of the week. But for theumpteenth time, he needs to be your second-best player if you expect to goanywhere.

This isnt anything new.

We knew this back in 2006 when the Miami Heat rallied from a 2-0deficit in the NBA Finals to beat Dallas,and it was hammered home a year later when the Warriors dismantled theMavericks in the first round.

As great as Nowitzki is, he needs more than just an upgrade of teammatetalent. He needs a big-time running mate. Its not going to be easy tofind that guy, we know.

But if it cant be done, the Mavericks need to go ahead and makethe difficult decision of parting ways with Nowitzki.


Ill be a son of a gun if Derek Fisher doesnt clobberDeron Williams on the very first play of the Utah-L.A. series. Twenty secondsinto Game 1, Williams goes up for a shot, and Fisher gets him on the bridge ofthe nose. Why do we know there is more where that came from?

Its no secret the Lakers signed Ron Artest last offseason toprovide an upgrade in toughness and perimeter defense. Still, its prettyincredible of just how little an offensive option Artest is in L.A.

Hes scored in double figures in just two of seven playoff gamesand is shooting 35.7 percent from the field.

The Nuggets Chris Andersen is a great story, and therearent many guys who play with as much energy as he does. At the sametime, by the end of the Utah-Denver series, Andersen had been exposed. Bottomline is that talent of Carlos Boozer and Paul Millsap won out over the hustleof Andersen

One thing about Jamal Crawford he really doesnt seem tofeel any pressure, no matter the situation. Thats not necessarily a goodthing

Ive heard the term 50-50 balls used bycommentators and coaches alike when speaking of getting to loose balls. When Iwas coming up, 50-50 ball was a soccer term and soccer term only.Lets keep it that way

Interesting tweet by Baron Davis the other day congratulating TyrekeEvans on winning Rookie of the Year, but also saying he thought the awardshould have been split with Brandon Jennings because the Bucks were inthe show (playoffs).

No mention of Stephen Curry.

Steve Kerr: #FakeKlay 'perfect metaphor for our conditioning'

Steve Kerr: #FakeKlay 'perfect metaphor for our conditioning'

First, there was #ChinaKlay.

Now, there is #FakeKlay.

In case you missed it, a Klay Thompson lookalike was seated behind the Warriors bench during their season-opening loss to the Rockets on Tuesday. He had the full jersey, the facial hair and the cadence.

A day later, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr was asked about #FakeKlay and he used it as an opportunity to state that he felt his players were out of shape.

"I thought it was a perfect metaphor for our conditioning as a team," Kerr told the media in Oakland. "I turned around and was like 'Klay, did you have a few extra burgers last night? What happened?' That was great. I love that guy."

So Kerr is definitely a fan of #FakeKlay. No word yet if the real Klay has met #FakeKlay. We'll let you know if they do cross paths.

Warriors spend day reviewing Rockets' horror show, focus on one area of concern


Warriors spend day reviewing Rockets' horror show, focus on one area of concern

OAKLAND -- Sidelined with a back strain, Andre Iguodala spent Tuesday night “yelling at the TV more than I normally do” as the Warriors labored through an uneven performance before blowing a 13-point lead in the fourth quarter.

So there was Iguodala, this time with his teammates, sitting before a monitor Wednesday as coach Steve Kerr review the horror show that was a 122-121 loss to the Houston Rockets.

“We only did about a half-hour on the floor, mostly skill work,” Kerr said after the light practice. “Watched a lot of video.

“That game was a weird game because we were shooting the ball well and scoring enough to win. But we never had control of it the way we normally have control of a game, with defense and toughness.”

Though the Warriors were hampered by injuries -- Iguodala being out, while Draymond Green and Omri Casspi were hurt during the game -- beyond their control, there was at least one thing they believe they can fix immediately.

They can avoid some of the fouls, particularly those that are mindless.

That’s the trap Stephen Curry fell into, picking up three fouls in the first four minutes. That he was limited to 30 minutes, and only 18 through the first three quarters, had an impact on the playing rotation and was a factor in the loss.

“The only thing I’m worried about with him is just those little fouls,” Iguodala said. “Because when he’s on the court, no matter if he’s scoring or not, he’s making life easier for everyone else.”

Kerr after the game cited conditioning as an issue and elaborated on the subject Wednesday.

“Conditioning is not just physical. It’s mental, too,” he said. “We were not ready, mentally, to play that game, even when we weren’t tired early in the game.

“There were other lapses, too. After made baskets, transition threes for them we neglected to pick up. That’s not physical conditioning. That’s mental conditioning. That’s where we need to get better. And we will.”

The Warriors will be wounded in more ways than one when they board their flight to New Orleans Thursday morning. They’ll have some achy players, for sure, but they’ll also have a 0-1 record.

“I feel like losses have this huge effect on us that usually benefits us,” Iguodala said.