This season has been moving so fast that it has been hard to keep up with some of the better bloggers covering teams in the NBA. Luckily, with a big game tonight against Golden State facing the team, the guys at 3 Shades of Blue were able to catch up with Jordan Ramirez of Warriors World to get some perspective on tonight’s game.
3SOB: How have the Warriors progressed this year compared to local expectations?
Jordan Ramirez: They are a better team, with an upgraded small forward, a healthy Bogut and the NBA’s freshest superstar in Stephen Curry. But, given their low seeding, this team is seen as a disappointment locally compared to lofty expectations raised by their owner and coach. 17 games over .500 is usually a sign of a great team, and while the Warriors have the ability to beat anyone in a given series, their seeding is very much indicative of a historically good Western Conference.
JR: They’re seeding and record are actually incredibly accurate to how they rank in the Western Conference. All five teams above them — with the slight exception of Portland — are better than them, but at the time can be beaten if the Warriors play their best basketball for a long series. The Warriors should want to avoid Houston at all costs and would be better off playing the Los Angeles Clippers in the first round. The Warriors have the ability to beat any team in the NBA over a long series, but their inconsistency on the offensive end and their outrageous dependency on their backcourt is what will ultimately be their doom. Now, over the long grind of the playoffs, if the Warriors find a way to mix up their offensive repertoire, rotations and creativity, this argument can be thrown out the window. Their defense is elite, but can their offense keep up? Their seeding says otherwise.
JR: He was an assistant coach on Mark Jackson’s staff, hired specifically to work with the big men. He was Andrew Bogut’s assigned coach and worked with him on his offensive moves throughout the season. Sources told me on Wednesday that Scalabrine and assistant coach Pete Myers got into a verbal altercation after the Spurs game last Saturday, likely leading to his demotion.
JR: A team who misses the playoffs in the West wouldn’t have home court advantage in the East, but with that said, the Dallas Mavericks won’t make the playoffs. While some may want Dirk Nowitzki in the playoffs, the exciting Suns would be incredible to watch, especially against the San Antonio Spurs.