GREG GAMBLE’S 2008-09 HARDWOOD Picks: 66-49 ats…58%
NBA 47-35 - NCAA 13-12 - Teasers 6-2 - Church League 69-0
GOLDEN ST. WARRIORS (-4) @ LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS
The roster put together by Coach/GM Mike Dunleavy is beyond catastrophic when you talk about the combination of “me-first”-casters, “one-end playing”-vets, and “I don’t give a f*ck”-hot heads paired with some talented, but extremely raw & quiet youngsters. Honestly, do you really blame Elton Brand for waiting nothing to do with Clipperland? Last night, LA was blown-out in Portland for a third straight time since the Weed & Groupie All-Star Break (L 116-87). While every team is capable of having a lousy stretch of games, this steaming pile of garbage appeared to take the floor without the slightest interest of trying to play competitively allowing the Blazers to score 38 in the first quarter opening a 22-point lead. You know things are “Blue-Chips” the movie bad when you allow Steve Blake to dish out14 assists before the start of the 2nd quarter!
Speaking of the roster, the newly signed Baron Davis (probably-toe) has absolutely no-interest in playing for Coach Dunleavy and continues to jack-up three-pointer after three-pointer even though he’s shooting 28% from deep (and only 36% overall). Baby-fat Zach “No-D” Randolph just finished a two game suspension for cracking some long-haired white-dude on Phoenix, but I’m guessing he didn’t spend his off time eating carrots and riding an excise bike. Swingman Al Thornton (questionable-foot) and his assignment-forgetting ways missed yesterday’s game along with Chris Kaman (out-don’t want to play with these guys), Marcus Camby (doubtful-ear infection…yeah, right), & Brian Skinner (doubtful-Achilles). Even if some of these guys suit-up tonight, it won’t matter because they’re all just playing for themselves anyway.
On the Warriors side, after miserable start to the season, Donnie Nelson’s guard/wing-loaded roster has been playing phenomenally of late (won 5 of last 7) and been extremely unselfish. Stephen Jackson is playing like an MVP (last 5 gms: 25 ppg, 9 apg, 6 rpg) and while Monte “MoPed” Ellis (out) will be resting his surgically repaired ankle tonight, PG C.J. Watson has been solid when pushed into duty (9 ppg, 48-3pt%) and Marco Belinelli (9 ppg, 39-3pt%) just returned from his ankle injury last week. Throw-in Jamal Crawford’s gradual development wITH Nellieball (19 ppg, 5 apg), G/F Kelenna Azubuike (13 ppg, 46-3pt%) consistent contributions, and 6th man of the year candidate Corey Maggette’s recent emergence (last 5 gms: 23 ppg, 57-fg%, 50-3pt%), and I have a feeling Golden St. is gonna try to match the Suns back-2-back 140 point efforts against this lazy squad.
In closing, I’ve never seen a team with more lack of interest or outright deviance of their headmaster than the Clippers. Especially...TOUCH ME
In closing, I’ve never seen a team with more lack of interest or outright deviance of their headmaster than the 2008-09 Clippers. Especially playing a back-to-back and not knowing who’s even going to be on the floor against the overly aggressive and deep Warriors squad, and this has all the makings of an home-court embarrassment for Mr. Dunleavy…GOLDEN STATE BY 16-22 POINTS