Nuggets Beat Warriors, Not Refs

January 21, 2010, 6:49 pm
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Jan. 21, 2010WARRIORS PAGEFirst of all, the officials had nothing to do with the Warriors loss last night to Denver, OK?Talking about a call at the end of the third quarter, and acting like it made a difference in a game that went overtime is a joke. Shouldn't even be wasting time on that.OK. Lets move on Ive heard from a few Warriors fans over the past several weeks, asking about Monta Ellis and whether hed ever made a big shot or was capable of making big shots down the stretch of a game. Of course, there was the New Jersey buzzer-beater a couple of years ago, but that was about it, according to some.Well, he hit two big ones in the 123-118 overtime loss to the Nuggets on Wednesday. The first came with 28 seconds remaining in regulation, when his 3-pointer tied the game at 105-105. The second came with 45 seconds remaining in overtime, when another of his 3-pointers gave the Warriors a one-point lead at the time.Just because J.R. Smith knocked down a 3-pointer after that doesnt mean Ellis shot there was any less big. But, yes, Ellis has got to make both free throws when his team is down two with 25 seconds remaining. And he didnt do that.Regardless, at this point, the issue of whether or not Ellis can convert in the clutch should be shelved until it's more relevant.--
For the first time since his debut, center Chris Hunter looked serviceable out there. Hunter needs to continue to contribute like he did against Denver or the Warriors arent going to look so good for guaranteeing his contract for the remainder of the season.Still cant understand why he isn't in better shape by now, either.--After watching another game where the Warriors were manhandled inside, once again youre left realizing theyve got to get a power forward at some point. Now, you can say all you want about that being Anthony Randolphs future position, and I might not even disagree with you there.Even still, Randolph has a ways to go and the Warriors would behoove themselves to find someone to play the four in the meantime.--I know in many ways his game represents so much of what Im not into, but on the other hand, I love the guy: J.R. Smith. Hes one of my favorite players, and I cant quite put my finger on why.